Local Hero: Paul Dreher Is the Invisible Force Behind the BevHilton’s Big Bashes

Paul Dreher
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JOB DESCRIPTION

He’s the invisible force behind the hotel’s booking logistics, which include pricing, contracts and meal planning. He tries to meet clients’ needs (and calm their nerves) by overseeing all the moving parts, but sometimes those parts don’t move easily. He and his staff of 75 host showbiz fundraisers as well as non-pro events including bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversary parties and more than 1,100 weddings.

(From the pages of the April 2 issue of Variety.)

SPECIAL CHALLENGES

“I had to get an elephant into a room for a bar mitzvah once,” Dreher recalls. “They unloaded an elephant on the Wilshire side (of the BevHilton) and brought it in ready for an entrance with the bar mitzvah boy, but the elephant was way too tall for our doors. We had to get the elephant down on his knees and put the boy on top.” Dreher and his team also imported a white circus horse that had to maneuver a dance floor and, for a holiday party, an ice skating rink, accompanied by professional ice skaters and reindeer ice sculptures.

BACKGROUND

He’s from Maryland and got his start at the BevHilton’s front desk, but after two years, he wanted to make the switch to handling the “big parties.” Dreher has worked with everyone from Lucille Ball to Barbra Streisand. He enthuses, “I’m an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job. Now that isn’t the first time somebody’s said that, but when I go to my family in Maryland, they’re all over me like a cheap suit wanting to know about the stars.”

SIDE BIZ

He has his own DVD: “Table Manners and Table Etiquette,” released in 2007.

STATS

Name: Paul Dreher

Title: Assistant director of catering, Beverly Hilton

Function: To work on events, including countless showbiz fetes

Domain: Intl. Ballroom, Beverly Hills Ballroom

Years on the job: 36

Number of events worked: 5,000+

Showbiz events covered: 750+

Number of meals served: 3 million +

Showbiz events include: Golden Globes, Oscar nominees luncheon, Publicists Awards, Producers Guild Awards

(Local Hero is a tribute to the people who are invisible but invaluable: They’re not in the spotlight, but the biz couldn’t function without them.)

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  1. Amy Shomer says:

    Paul Dreher! You make the Hilton home away from home. Everyone there treats me and our events like it’s their personal most important happening ever, and I am so grateful always. Your personal style and expertise bring knowledge and finesse, insight and solutions…and a terrific sense of humor to every event. I am truly grateful and fortunate to have you on my team every step of the way, and so blessed to call you my friend. I say all of this with great respect for you Mr. Dreher, stay the course! PS: Your DVD is a must have for every family!!!!!!! Amy Shomer

  2. barbara says:

    Paul you are the one of my high school friend that did make it in life. So many iof our school friend are now gone due to the drugs and auto crashes. But you did what you had always dreamed of.
    I miss you as you know. But somehow that is a phone call that you deliver that makes me smile. I know you are ok. You have a whole new lot of friends from everywhere. I am so proud of my dearest friend.

  3. Amir Sarbaz says:

    I had my wedding 30 years ago and paul Dreher handeled my wedding and he was the best beyond our expectation and I had my sister and my brother to have their weddings to be handle with him in Beverly Hills Hilton because the way he organized our weddings all of our guests had unforgettable nights.
    Thanks paul

  4. Ellen Feder says:

    He’s the “Best” Always there when you need him & nothing is ever too much! I love Paul & so does Share. He helps make our event special every year!

  5. Omigosh, PAUL DREHER!!! I worked with him back in the day, (so long ago I can’t remember if it was for HRTS or WIF!) So glad to hear you’re still there, at my favorite hotel of all time! All the best, Paul!

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