Professional Profile: Philip Drew 1975

Philip Drew - 1975

Name: Philip Drew - 1975

Title: President

Company: Nauset Real Estate

Location: Orleans, MA

Birthplace: N/A

Philip Drew, president of Nauset Real Estate in Orleas, is serving his second term as president of the Cape Cod Board of Realtors and was recently chosen as the board’s Realtor of the Year for 1975. Phil was born in Somerville in June 1919. He grew up in Winchester and graduated from high school in that town. He attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Officer Candidate School in Fort Tremble in New London, CT. During the second World War, from 1942 to 1945, he served in the Maritime Service as a deck officer. He was assigned to transport and hospital ships and traveled between New York, England, Cherbourg, France and Charleston, S.C. His ships were involved in returning servicemen from the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Phil was in training for a career in the paint, varnish and lacquer business, working with Sherwin Williams Paint Co. and the Boston Varnish Co. between 1946 and 1955. But a slight heart problem intervened and he moved to Cape Cod where he got into the lobster business in Eastham. The natives didn’t like the idea of an outsider running a lobster fishing business, so he gave up that venture, although remaining on the Cape. Phil opened his real estate business in 1956 and four years later got back into lobsters when he opened a pound and restaurant. He sold that in 1968. The real estate office is now “firmly entrenched” in the community with six brokers handling residential and commercial sales and rentals. “In all of the years I’ve been in real estate, I’ve never had the occasion to fire anyone and no one has ever quit on me,” Phil says proudly. Phil became a Realtor in 1960 and became active in the organization. He is serving his second three-year term as a director and moved up to the presidency after two and a half years as vice president. He has served on several committees on the local level and in 1972 the Make America Better Committee won an award for its activities. On the state Realtor level, he is also a director and has served on the Programs and Conferences and Jurisdiction Committees. He has always had a love for the sea - yachting and sailing are his hobbies. He owns a 60-foot diesel cruiser, which he acquired 15 years ago. It is as old as Phil and he likes to tell everyone “we were laid down together” in 1919. His wife Sally has her own sailboat and they’ve gone as far as New York and up and down the coast in the cruiser. His eight year old daughter, Kim, is called a “real sailor” by her father. Phil also has three sons by a former marriage, Peter, Bob and John and grandchildren. He is a member of Orleans Yacht Club and the Orleans Board of Trade in addition to his professional affiliations with the Realtors. As for the Real Estate Industry on the Cape, he “sees some action during the latter part of the year. There has been a steady constant gain and I’m very optimistic about the future of the industry. It depends on how much mortgage money is available.” Concerning the latter, Phil says he’s getting mortgages from banks and that is no problem. When asked about the Cape becoming overdeveloped, he says there is still adequate land available to develop “without harming the ecology.”