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The InterContinental Kansas City Provides Professional Kansas City Event Space Staff

Denise O’Dell, Director of Catering

  • Hometown: Kansas City, MO
  • Prior Work Experience: 25 years of experience in Meeting Planning, Third Party International Planning, Convention Services and Catering within Hotels all based in the Kansas City area
  • Primary Responsibility: Create a positive, confident team to partner with our clients in producing elegant, flawless events.  Our team is ready for you, and eager to help
  • Contact: 816-751-1915,

“I have five fabulous mostly independent children, and a wonderful husband Scott.  Scott and I are enjoying what you call “the golden years.”

Ashley Fatool, Catering Manager

  • Hometown: Perry, KS
  • Prior Work Experience: Hotel Catering Sales experience for the past 6 years
  • Primary Responsibility: Lead guests through the booking and planning process of their meetings and events.  Ensure that the hotel staff understands guest’s needs and delivers
  • Contact: 816-303-2914,

“Being a part of the creation process and making each guests vision come to life is my favorite part of my job. I enjoy studying each meaningful detail and incorporating them into the making of an unforgettable event. Our property has such an exceptional staff and we each take pride in providing an enjoyable experience for our guests.”

Nicholas Contreras, Catering Manager

  • Hometown: Kansas City, MO
  • Prior Work Experience: Catering Sales Manager, Sheraton and Westin Hotels at Crown Center
  • Primary Responsibility: Sales, Business Development, Event Planning and Lead Contact for specified Markets
  • Contact: 816-303-2955,

“I enjoy working within the community in which I was born and raised. The InterContinental gives me the opportunity to bring value to the City and showcase one of the best hospitality communities in the country.”

“Outside of work I love traveling and spending time with my amazing, charismatic daughter and equally as fun and determined, amazing wife, Cari. Together with my wife and in-laws, I compete in several KCBS BBQ competitions annually. I am a K-State Alum and sports fan.”

Larry Wheeler, Floral Director

  • Hometown: Kansas City, MO
  • Prior Work Experience: Instructor at Floral Technology & Design School and additional design experience in residential and commercial interiors, fashion apparel, jewelry, floral design, and event staging
  • Joined the InterContinental Kansas City event space team: 2005
  • Primary Responsibility: Floral displays in the hotel’s public areas, arrangements requested for hotel guests, and setting the stage for many of Kansas City’s memorable galas, weddings, corporate, and civic events
  • Contact: 816-303-2999,

“The essence of hospitality is making guests feel welcome and there is no better way to create a welcoming environment than with flowers. Every flower comes with an emotion and I use these emotions in each of the InterContinental’s various event spaces to create gracious interactions. Each room has an intimate, manorial feel that is simply unmatched in this city.” – Larry Wheeler

Since 1994, Larry has the experience and distinction of being Kansas City’s only hotel florist.

Creating moments in which natural and human beauty come together to produce joy is what excites Larry about being part of the InterContinental Kansas City event space team.

Aside from floral work, Larry’s creative spirit is fueled by his passion for collecting original art.

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InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Parkway • Kansas City, Missouri 64112
Phone: 816-756-1500 • Fax: 816-756-1635
Toll Free: 866-856-9717