Lerch Bates News Historic hotel project, personnel changes announced by company. McGrath-Bento Promoted
Elevators in Landmark L.A. Hotel to be Modernized Lerch Bates Inc. has been hired to modernize nine units in the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles (L.A). New AC gearless machines, modern controllers and advanced regenerative drives will be installed, as well as new cabs and hall fixtures that match existing aesthetics. Built in 1923, the hotel is a blend of Italian Renaissance, Mediterranean and Beaux Arts styles. It has hosted numerous significant events, such as nine Academy Awards ceremonies and U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s nomination acceptance speech. The elevator upgrade is scheduled to be complete in mid 2015.
Lerch Bates Hires Industry Veteran Felix Lerch Bates Inc. has named Jose Felix project manager, elevator consulting group. Based at its Lake Forest, California, office, Felix participates in conceptual planning, design, construction
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growth in the booming Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Lerch Bates continues to expand its operations in the U.S. and throughout the world, and [Felix] is a welcomed addition to our Lake Forest office. We look forward to the invaluable contributions he will make to our firm as we increase our presence in southern California.” Felix most recently served as a sales and operations account manager for KONE in San Francisco, where he developed the firm’s service, modernization and installation efforts with designated accounts. He also contributed to the profitable growth and increased market share of the company with the development and retention of existing accounts. Felix also worked as an account manager/service sales representative for Otis. He holds a BS in Business Administration, Marketing, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Lerch Bates Inc. has promoted Alyssa McGrath-Bento from New England regional manager to director of strategic accounts. She will remain based in Boston. In her new regional role, she leads and manages consultants and administrative staff, manages key The historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles accounts and builds new client relationships. Nationally, she oversees growth of the firm’s Management administration, audits, surveys, inspections and modernization Maintenance Services department. She projects for vertical-transportation systems, including overseeing reports to Vice President of Strategic project organization, scheduling, coordination, deliverables, Accounts Tim Isbell. Lerch Bates CEO Bart billing and collections. He also develops the firm’s market share in Stephan notes McGrath-Bento has been southern California through marketing initiatives, including instrumental in the company’s strategic exhibitions at regional conferences, and building relationships with growth and is a trusted liaison between the prospective clients. company and clients. McGrath-Bento earned Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan commented: her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State “[Felix] joins our growing team of dedicated and talented University. project managers with the experience needed to support our