Roland Solenthaler - President 1291 International Corporation
Billboard Advertisement for a documentary film about
Roland Solenthaler and Angelina Jolie's "Wanted" (2008)
Swiss born Roland Solenthaler started his career at prestigious food and beverage establishments in Switzerland. He became an executive chef by the age of twenty. He then worked principal positions at The Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto and San Francisco, and The Swiss Pavilion Restaurant at the 1986 World Expo in Vancouver. This led to his appointment as Director of Food
& Beverage for the opening of The Peninsula Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California.
A year later an article on the front page of The New York Magazine titled "How to start your
own business" fueled Roland Solenthaler's ambition to establish himself as an entrepreneur in New York City.
Based on the historic swiss tale of William Tell and his famous shot thru the big apple, and the birth of the Swiss confederacy in 1291, he started the now successful 1291 Corporation, modeled after the story's charm and his nation's success.
The article still adorns his midtown Manhattan office wall, and now with a firmly established hotel business, and a growing corporation in the accommodation industry to call his own, he gives the next generation of Swiss apprentices a chance to make it in New York City.
As founder and owner of 1291, Roland Solenthaler sees his role as a mentor for young people,
and as a driving force for his ever expanding business ventures.
Roland's business investments have also included restaurants, youth hostiles, film productions, and rare coins he has collected since the age of twelve.