Rowen Seibel, financier, investor, restaurateur and philanthropist Wall Street Call
Rowen Seibel has been interested in business from a young age. It all started with a baseball card and candy business at age eight and then grew into a very successful party and event planning business at age 17.
Going further in his professional career, Rowen completed his first public transaction on behalf of Rodale Press and introduced CBRE and its brokerage team to Team Rodale. He worked with them and the owner to secure the space and have the building named after Rodale, where they remain to this day. This experience piqued Rowen’s interest in the real estate world. This project was so successful that it was even named the most indigenous of the year (2004) by REBNY.
Another great achievement has been the work of Rowen Seibel to help and develop the commercial portion of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rowen formed the ideas for the layout, development, restaurant selection and branding choices to draw visitors beyond the ground floor.
In 2005, Rowen Seibel acquired the rights to Serendipity Restaurants worldwide. Thanks to Rowen’s ingenuity, the Serendipity brands are now licensed worldwide in Florida, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Dubai and Tokyo.
He partnered with the Caesars Palace team to develop the Old Homestead Las Vegas Steakhouse and completely redesign the menu for NY and Atlantic City while maintaining the mystique of New York’s meat-packing place.
Rowen Seibel has also carried out the development and financing of several brands of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in partnership with Caesars Entertainment. Along with the many improvements he made to the Las Vegas restaurant scene, Rowen brought Chef Masaharu Morimoto to MGM Corporation. Rowen Seibel was in charge of the financing arrangement with MGM and of the marketing planning and strategy.
Rowen Seibel’s next big project was the development of the Rise and Shine breakfast brand, which involved picking real estate, funding the project, and working on brand expansion.
Outside of the restaurant business, Rowen Seibel has bought and sold millions of dollars in real estate and remains active in real estate projects and financing, which includes his business in hotel development and private equity investments. Rowen targets projects where he sees the ability to impact the market as well as generate profits for everyone involved.
During his free time, Rowen Seibel enjoys spending time around the world with his wife Bryn. Rowen has a diverse business background and has even produced films.
Rowen also has many philanthropic activities. He has participated in events involving Lung and Brain Cancer Research, St. Jude’s, NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center, Ramaz School Hatzalah, Keep Memory Alive, Hour Children (to name a few). In 2001, after September 11, Rowen hosted an event at Cipriani 42nd St. to benefit various charities supporting those affected by September 11.