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About: Welcome

Founded in 2015, Rowan Street Capital is a private investment fund focused on long-term ownership of a few exceptional businesses.  We seek to invest in excellent management with demonstrable history of treating shareholders as partners.  Our Northstar is “Only The Best Will Do”.


Our goal is to be good stewards of capital for our investors.  We believe in having the majority of our personal net worths invested in Rowan Street (eat our own cooking) as we want our investors financial fortunes to move in lockstep with ours, which is why we refer to our investors as Partners.  Our compensation is 100% based on performance.  We follow a simple investment framework:  Buy great companies, Don’t overpay, Be Patient!

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Welcome to Rowan Street Capital

The Team

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Alex Kopel, CFA

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Mr. Kopel brings over 18 years of professional investment experience.  Prior to finding Rowan Street, Alex was a Portfolio Manager at a privately held investment advisor, where he was responsible for managing in excess of $300m in client assets.  Previously, he spent 8 years as a Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst at U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management where he co-managed multi-asset class portfolios for high net worth clients with assets in excess of $650 million.  He started his career as a Portfolio Analyst at Bank of New York Mellon.  Mr. Kopel received his B.S. degree in Finance from University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business). He holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.

Alex is a sports and fitness fanatic.  In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, weightlifting, martial arts, ice hockey and skiing.

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Joseph M. Maas, CFA

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Mr. Maas brings over 30 years of unique professional investment experience to Rowan Street. An entrepreneur at heart, prior to co-founding the Rowan companies, Joe founded Synergy Financial Management LLC and related companies, which specialize in Asset Management, Business Valuation, Commercial Real Estate, and Mergers and Acquisitions. He has grown the firm to over $450m in assets under management. Prior to Synergy, Mr. Maas founded and operated an independent securities broker/dealer and an insurance company.

 

Mr. Maas’s professional capabilities, training, and experience also covers numerous industry designations including being a certified merger and acquisition advisor (CM&AA), which make him an expert in buying and selling middle-market companies with revenues from $5 million to $500 million.

 

An expert in his field, Mr. Maas is a published author and a member of numerous professional organizations; he has participated as a guest lecturer for the University of Washington, Seattle University, the Washington State Bar Association, and taught corporate finance as an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University.  He holds the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Seattle.

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