If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. – Confucious
Peter Lowes, Bend Oregon
Peter was born in Scotland and moved to the United States in 1982. In the United Kingdom, Peter had a background in restaurants, business and Chartered Accounting (England’s equivalent to Certified Public Accountant).
In 1982 Peter moved from Scotland to the United States and began working in investment real estate with Preferred Investments in Long Beach, California.
After many successful years, Peter migrated north and ended up in Bend Oregon and in 1996 founded the Compass Commercial Real Estate group with three other partners.
In 2007 Peter founded the Lowes Group Full Service Residential, Commercial & Property Management Real Estate Company.
That same year, working with Marcos Rodriguez, Peter founded the first (of now six) Hola! Nouveau Mexican Peruvian restaurants in the Forum Center on Bend’s East side in the former Mangia Pasta location where it has become a mainstay for local diners.
Building on the growth and success of the Hola! brand, Peter and Marcos got together with colleague Tony Levinson in 2014 and introduced their take on the Northwest Brewing trend with Tranquilo Cerveceria Mexican Style Ale and hit it spot on. In 2015 Tranquilo was awarded a silver medal at the North American Brewers Association for best tasting beer.
Peter has always been an advocate for the environment. In 2019 after consulting with friends, educators and government officials he jumped in head first (as usual) and started the for-purpose (or non-profit) foundation, TEA Together – TEA is an acronym for Teaching Environmental Awareness and also plays on his British heritage. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage worldwide and in closely associated with a sense of community and calm. The foundation is designed to provide scholarships to students who are engaging in educational pursuits in environmental studies and sciences.
What’s next? Stay tuned to find out – the only thing certain is that it will be unique, sustainable and worthwhile.