Company History

“I guess you could say bond investing is in my blood.”

In the midst of the Great Depression, a man with no prior Wall Street knowledge opened a one room investment office with money loaned from an influential venture capitalist — his mom.

Herbert J. Sims is more than the name on our door. Herb was my father: a stickler for research, with a drive to learn everything he could about bonds. Herb’s passion paid off: He identified high-yield instruments that delivered when others defaulted. Over time, his shared insights turned that small office into a wealth of investment banking and fixed-income experts.

At HJ Sims, our clients come first—whether they’re individuals, issuers, advisers or institution. We have a long history of client confidence and consistent growth to live up to. Fortunately, Dad’s dedication for focusing on numbers, without treating people like them, lives on in all of us.

William B. Sims
Managing Principal

History Timeline

  • 1935

    Herbert J. Sims & Company is established on Wall Street

  • 1937

    Sims recognizes the potential for rebuilding America’s infrastructure, using high yield tax-exempt bonds to refinance county roads in Florida

  • 1946

    Sims’ investors enjoy tax-exempt high yields through refinancing of a St. Petersburg, Florida causeway

    Sims approved as a broker-dealer by Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA www.finra.org)

  • 1948

    Sims underwrites high-yield bonds to finance natural gas systems in Georgia

  • 1964

    Sims underwrites its first tax-exempt hospital bond

  • 1965

    Sims underwrites the first municipal bond to finance a long-term care community

  • 1970

    Merrill Lynch, Salomon Brothers and Eastman Dillon join forces with Sims to finance over $1.5 billion in hospital issues

  • 1980

    Sims finances its first continuing care retirement community (CCRC), a facility in Florida

  • 1984

    Sims Mortgage Funding, Inc. established and commenced operation as an FHA-approved lender

  • 1984

    Long-term care bond issues underwritten by Sims are purchased by bond funds and insurance companies

  • 1987

    LeadingAge, formerly AAHSA, selects Sims as a preferred banker

  • 1989

    Sims moves its headquarters to Westport, Connecticut

  • 1995

    Sims’ investment banking location opens in Orlando, Florida

  • 1996

    Sims offers its first private placement, a MatchCapSM for Canterbury Woods in New York

  • 1998

    Sims opens New Jersey office

  • 1998

    Sims underwrites its first solely managed offering in excess of $100 million

  • 1999

    Sims opens office in Boca Raton, Florida

  • 2001

    LeadingAge welcomes Sims as a new member

  • 2001

    Sims’ Maryland investment banking location opens

  • 2002

    Sims underwrites its first charter school

  • 2005

    LeadingAge hires Sims to refinance its debt

  • 2006

    Entrance fee principal redemption bonds, a new concept in financing, is introduced by Sims with its underwriting of Ingleside at King Farm in Maryland

  • 2007

    Sims opens an investment banking location in Houston, Texas

  • 2007

    Sims provides $457 million financing for start-up CCRC and replacement nursing facility project outside of Boston, MA – the largest senior living deal ever financed at that time

  • 2010

    Sims opens Minnesota office

  • 2011

    Braintree Capital Partners joins the Sims family of companies

  • 2011

    Sims expands its Minnesota office to include investment banking

  • 2013

    HJ Sims opens a branch specialized in fixed income investing in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

  • 2014

    HJ Sims opens an investment banking location in Philadelphia, PA

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HJ Sims Locations

2150 Post Road, Suite 301
Fairfield, Connecticut 06824
Phone: (800) 457-1935
Fax: (203) 256-2377

101 North Federal Highway, Suite 501
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Phone: (888) 457-1935
Fax: (561) 368-9401

Metro Center One
100 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, New Jersey 08830-2716
Phone: (800) 300-9040
Fax: (732) 590-0522

8500 Normandale Lake Blvd, Suite 540
Bloomington, MN 55437
Phone: (888) 803-3430
Fax: (952) 683-7543

City View Plaza I
Road 165, Km. 1.2 #48
Suite 215
Guaynabo, PR 00968
Phone: (877) 418-5395

Orlando, Florida
Phone: (407) 363-4493
Fax: (407) 363-2036

Potomac, Maryland
Phone: (301) 424-9135
Fax: (301) 424-9134

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (215) 854-6428
Fax: (626) 605-8573

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