InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Announces New Executive Team Members
Seasoned Hospitality Experts Lead the 889-Room Hotel to New Heights
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is pleased to announce new executive team members for the 889-room hotel, featuring six world-class dining venues including La Boucherie and Spire 73. As the tallest building west of Chicago, the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel elevates the Los Angeles skyline at 1,100 feet and 73 stories. In the first year of being open, the hotel landed placement in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards in the category Top 10 City Hotels in Greater Los Angeles.
Leading the team as General Manager is Niles Harris, who oversees all aspects of the day-to-day hotel operations, from sales and marketing, revenue management, and guest experiences, to programming and food and beverage. Harris carved out an outstanding hospitality career spanning more than 30 years, holding key leadership roles in two of New York's most iconic properties; the AAA Five Diamond Helmsley Palace and Essex House in Central Park, a Conde Nast Traveler "Gold List" Hotel. He has served as general manager and other key leadership positions for Omni, Nikko, IHG, Wyndham and Starwood Hotels - across major cities including Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C., San Diego and Houston. Harris joins InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown most recently from Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan where he was the managing director for the IHG flagship property since April 2015. During his tenure, Harris earned the coveted "Make Your Mark" General Manager of the Year Award and served as chairman of the technology committee on the General Manager's Leadership Council.
"I'm passionate about the people I work with every day, from housekeeping to reservations to finance - everyone has a story. I hope to build upon the culture and sense of community as I believe InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown will continue to elevate hospitality standards," says Harris.
Hotel Manager Dieter Schmitz further drives the hotel's demand to provide memorable guest experiences by overseeing all aspects of operations, revenue management as well as food and beverage. Schmitz has successfully led six hotel opening teams around the country and joins InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown most recently from his role with InterContinental Hotels Group as area general manager for the EVEN Hotel Times Square South, EVEN Hotel Midtown East and the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan. During his tenure, he launched EVEN Hotels, opened the next generation of the Crowne Plaza brand and led EVEN Hotel Times Square South to be named one of the top 25 hotels in New York City on Trip Advisor.
Leading the hotel's food and beverage programs and concepts is Director of Food and Beverage Sunny Saha. Saha oversees the hotel banquet operations as well as six impressive dining outlets: La Boucherie, an opulent high-end American steakhouse with a French twist; Spire 73, the tallest open-air bar and lounge in the Western Hemisphere; Dekkadance, an international marketplace and eatery; Sora, a sushi bar and Omakase experience; No Dive Bar, a seventh-floor pool deck; and the Lobby Lounge vodka bar and lounge. Within his role, Saha's focus is to further strengthen business and revenue goals - from leisure guests to large groups and conventions. Saha has years of hospitality experience and joins the hotel most recently from the Monarch Beach Resort as the senior director of food and beverage, where he successfully opened "Bourbon Steak Orange County", which was nominated as the number one restaurant in Orange County. Previously, he was the senior director of food and beverage at Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles. Saha is fluent in four languages: English, German, Italian, and French.
As Executive Chef, Igor Krichmar takes the culinary and hospitality experience at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown to new levels. With an extensive background in fresh and simple cuisine, Krichmar leads the culinary charge by crafting menus and spearheading the hotel's culinary mission, supervising kitchen staff and coordinating efforts in all dining outlets, as well as overseeing large-scale group and catering events in the property's nearly 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Krichmar draws much of his inspiration from his grandmother and can attribute his early culinary passions to the time spent in the kitchen watching her cook for the household. Upon graduating from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., Krichmar staged at The Fat Duck, a three Michelin star restaurant in Berkshire, England. Shortly after, he joined the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Wynn Las Vegas where he worked alongside Chef Alessandro Stratta at his two Michelin star restaurant, Alex. In March 2017, Krichmar joined InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown as part of the pre-opening team, in the role of executive sous chef.
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