James Rowe is Vice President, Portfolio Management of The Buccini/Pollin Group, a privately-owned developer, owner and operator of hotel, office, residential, retail & sports and entertainment properties throughout the United States.
Mr. Rowe joined BPG in 2015 and is responsible for maximizing hotel portfolio value and investment returns. In this role, Mr. Rowe actively monitors and works to enhance hotel performance. Mr. Rowe works closely with BPG’s President and Co-Chief Investment Officer on formulating hotel asset strategies and also works on dispositions, re-financings and recapitalizations. Mr. Rowe is also active in Investor and Lender Relations.
Prior to joining BPG, Mr. Rowe was the Senior Vice President of Investment Strategy and Capital Markets for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. As a member of the Executive Committee, Mr. Rowe worked with the Chief Executive Officer and other members of senior management to formulate Interstate’s investment strategy and capital budgeting plan with the goal of aggressively growing the company to position it for a capital exit event (IPO/sale) from the Thayer Lodging Group portfolio. Mr. Rowe played a key role in executing an industry consolidation strategy that resulted in the acquisition of six hotel management companies. Mr. Rowe also led Investor Relations.
Prior to joining Interstate in 2013, Mr. Rowe worked in various positions at Thayer Lodging Group where he was most recently the Vice President of Investments. At Thayer, Mr. Rowe worked directly with the Chief Operating Officer in sourcing and evaluating strategic corporate investments including the privatization of Interstate Hotels & Resorts in 2010. Previously, Mr. Rowe underwrote numerous potential acquisitions as a member of Thayer’s Acquisition & Development team. Prior to joining Thayer in 2007, Mr. Rowe worked for Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels where he successfully completed hotel investment sales and financings of over $1.0 billion in transaction value.
Before joining Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, Mr. Rowe worked in the Investment Banking division of Raymond James & Associates where he gained experience in both the Financial Services Group and the Real Estate Group. While at Raymond James, he completed a variety of corporate finance transactions including public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory engagements and fairness opinions.
Mr. Rowe holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Real Estate and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.