Director of Food & Beverage started his new position on December 1, 2015
ONTARIO, California (Wednesday, December 10, 2015) – Officials with the Ontario Convention Center have announced the promotion of John Faheem to Director of Food & Beverage. Faheem will oversee all food and beverage for events at the Ontario Convention Center plus off site catering and Page One at Ovitt Family Library in Ontario. Faheem started with the Ontario Convention Center in July of 2015 as Food & Beverage Manager. “John Faheem brings experience on a national and international level to Ontario Convention Center. Since hiring him in July he has become a valuable part of the extraordinary experience we enjoy providing for our guests” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of Ontario Convention Center.
Faheem was born in Cairo Egypt and started his career at Atlas International Hotel at age 14 where he worked in almost all departments of the hotel, including the Restaurant, Kitchen, Room Service, Banquet, Bar, Night Club and Front Desk. In 1969, he was inspired to come to America when Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins walked on the moon. “I kept that dream to myself, knowing where I would end up in the future” said Faheem. At age 21, Faheem was part of the original team to open the largest Marriott Hotel & Casino in the region. He pursued his academic education in Cairo Egypt at the Ain Shams University Faculty of Arts, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Psychology. While teaching Philosophy and Psychology in the mornings for many years, he would work at the hotel at night. At that time he began studying every book that he could find about food and beverage from all the hospitality colleges in the country. Finally in 1985 his dream came true, Faheem came to America where he continued to work with hotels such as the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Disneyland Hotel, Hilton Hotels in Whittier and Torrance, Marriott Laguna Cliffs Hotel, Double Tree Hotel, and Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center.
Faheem resides in Rancho Cucamonga with Deloris, his wife of 29 years. He has 4 adult children that he is very proud of; Rebekah who is an auditor and married, John who is finishing up his doctoral degree in corporate management and is a Wells Fargo Mortgage Manager and , Marcos a recent graduate with a BS in Mathematics, and Mary who is currently attending CSUSB working on her multiple subjects teaching credentials. In his spare time Faheem enjoys reading, camping, working with wood, and his favorite time is to watch the sunset on the beach. Faheem says his short term goal is to provide every guest that comes to the Ontario Convention Center with the highest level of quality in food and service, and his long term goal is to make the Ontario Convention Center a model to the best of the best in hospitality among all Convention Centers.
About the Ontario Convention Center
A breathtaking venue, frequently used by filmmakers as an onsite location for movies and commercials, Ontario Convention Center is ideal located in Southern California. Built and owned by the City of Ontario and privately managed by SMG. Contemporary in design and equipped with the latest in technology, it boasts more than 225,000 square feet of flexible exhibit space, 2,600 parking spaces, meeting and function space and is ideal for conventions, trade shows, exhibits and meetings. The Center provides a full range of services, world-class cuisine and flexible options provided by a professional, award-winning staff. Over 6,000 full service and economy hotel rooms in the Greater Ontario area, including 2,500 rooms within walking distance to The Ontario Convention Center. For more information visit: www.ontariocc.org.com
About Premier Food Services
Ontario Convention Center provides a full range of catering services including world-class cuisine and service options provided by a professional, award-winning staff from Premier Food Services. We offer custom menu planning to create a unique dining experience for our guests. Wine dinners, weddings, and other special engagements are our specialty. The Center also boasts a wide variety of food and beverage concessions, both permanent and portable. A unique catering service not generally provided at a convention center: made-to-order sandwiches, healthy selections, gourmet pizzas, and salads. We are proud to serve Starbucks coffee. The staff brings more to the table than just operational knowledge. Years of experience with a gifted, hard-working, humble and extraordinary sales team working with clients ensures satisfaction. With an abundance of culinary options that are diverse and designed with the guest in mind our team provides a myriad of opportunities to create an enjoyable experience. From the presentation, custom menus, attention to detail, and most importantly the quality and taste it is a reflection of the professionalism we have become accustom to with Premier Food Services at Ontario Convention Center.