News for the Hospitality Executive
June 5, 2012 - InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Olmstead as hotel manager, effective immediately. A long-standing employee of the InterContinental Hotels Group, Olmstead brings more 20 years of experience in the hospitality and food service industries to his position, which involves overseeing all daily operations across every department for the Magnificent Mile hotel.
"After working at InterContinental properties on both coasts for the past 14 years, Sean brings a strong brand familiarity and unique perspective to the position, making him an ideal addition to our team," says General Manager Raymond Vermolen. "We look forward to witnessing the innovative ideas he'll bring to continually improve the operations of our historic, award-winning hotel."
A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Olmstead spent the initial years of his professional career working in restaurant kitchens in Honolulu and San Francisco. In 1998, he accepted a position at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, where he was promoted from second cook to executive sous chef to executive chef, a position he held for four years before begin appointed director of food and beverage. In that new position, which he held for three years, Olmstead was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the property's food and beverage operations, which included two restaurants, room service, and catering. During his tenure at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, he served on a special task force as director of food and beverage for the opening of the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City, a 10-day project renowned as the quickest conversion in InterContinental history, earning him a place on the brand's 2007 "Team of the Century." In 2007, he accepted the position of director of food and beverage for the InterContinental San Francisco and regional director of food and beverage for InterContinental Hotels Group. This promotion involved leading all food service operations for the brand new 550-room property, as well as assisting with other directors of food and beverage at the brand's Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza properties in the West and Southwest, and coordinating the corporate World Class Beverage program. In 2009, Olmstead moved across the country to serve as executive assistant manager at the InterContinental New York Barclay, a position he held for three years before taking on his new venture at the InterContinental Chicago.
Olmstead has received several accolades from the InterContinental Hotels Group, North and South Americas, throughout his tenure, including "Manager of the Quarter" and "Manager of the Year" in 2002, "Best of the Best Executive Chef" in 2003, "Food & Beverage Innovation Award" in 2006, "Best of the Best Director of Food & Beverage" in 2008, and "Best of the Best Executive Assistant Manager" in 2010.
About InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
Located at 505 N. Michigan Ave., InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is the only hotel with a front entrance on the prestigious Magnificent Mile - Chicago's most desirable address. Originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club, an exclusive luxury men's club, the property is one of Chicago's most elegant landmarks. The hotel features 792 refurbished guest rooms, including 73 lavishly decorated suites. The hotel's historic, junior Olympic size pool is recognized as one of the best indoor pools in the U.S. and is included in Chicago's major architectural tours. Dining options in the hotel include Michael Jordan Steak House, an elegant, modern American steakhouse that reflects the basketball legend's preferred dining style,and ENO, an upscale yet approachable wine lounge that features cheese and chocolate pairings.
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