Mickey Rowley arrived in Philadelphia in 1992 to open the Embassy Suites Hotel just across Cherry Street from Three Logan Square. This was after 15 years in the hotel business in Washington, DC and resort management in Ocean City, Maryland. After a five year term as Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Rowley was appointed Pennsylvania Tourism Director by Governor Ed Rendell and served through 2010.
Lou Kochman began her career with the Bell Telephone Company. In her 14 years, she served as a corporate trainer and meeting planner. Kochman parlayed her business expertise and native culinary skills into realizing her lifelong dream of opening her own catering company. Unique Treats of Drexel Hill was the exclusive caterer at Top of the Tower from its opening in 1994. The businesses merged in 2004.
Executive Chef Matt Lane has been in command of the Top of the Tower kitchen since 2004. A native of Southern California, Matt graduated from the Western Culinary Institute. After productive turns at The Breakers in West Palm Beach and The Peabody Hotel in Orlando, he honed his skills as the Banquet Chef under renowned Chefs Chris Scarduzio and Georges Perrier. Matt's exposure to numerous cultures and cuisines while residing in the ethnic culinary mix of Los Angeles, is reflected in his dishes. He maintains classical cooking fundamentals, accented with a defining global influence.
Rowley, Kochman and Lane are joined by Vanessa Garcia, Wedding Consultant, Todd Davis and Charmaine Murrell, Banquets and Events Managers to form a management team of over 100 years of industry experience. In addition to our managers, we have a dedicated staff of professionals who are committed and stand ready to serve and "live up to the view"!
Top of the Tower has been hosting weddings since 1995. The Vista Room opened in May of 2013 representing a greatly expanded and beautifully finished space. The expanded room, capturing the entire west end of the 50th floor and including full wrap around floor to ceiling windows had been a long time dream of the Top of the Tower proprietors, J. Mickey Rowley and Louisa Kochman.