"We just did everything we could to make the learning environment ideal," Simpson said.
The two-story, 13,800-sqare-foot building is listed as Class A office space.
Simpson is asking for $1.8 million and is hopeful for a quick sale. Real Estate Resources is handling the sale.
"We think the building is very unique and in a prominent location," Simpson said.
The decision to sell the center was an emotional one, Simpson said. His wife, Janet, works as the center's meeting planner and his son, Reid, works as the operations manager.
Six other employees work at the Summit. Simpson is hopeful a new owner would provide jobs for them, but he notified them of his plans a month ago.
"It seems like in West Virginia we don't get the big economic ups and downs like other people do and we thought we could weather it," Simpson said. "You hate to close a business if you can employ people and make a profit."
Despite the sale, he still believes in his idea for the center 16 years ago.
"I've become more convinced face-to-face meetings still have a role, but it's not the only option anymore."Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.