Heiko Dobrikow, EVP, The Los Olas Company and GM, Riverside Hotel

Heiko Dobrikow, EVP, The Los Olas Company and GM, Riverside Hotel

heiko-dobrikowHeiko Dobrikow is a seasoned hotelier of over 30 years and a business professional with extensive experience in all areas of the property & asset management.  He is an expert in providing advisory support and solutions, such as developing successful management teams, ensuring revenue optimization, implementing service excellence and employee satisfaction. Assets may range from a boutique hotel to a major convention resort, from commercial buildings to residential communities.  Further Heiko is known for taking companies with vertical cultures and flatten them by implementing a Servant Leadership Ideology.

Currently Heiko is the Executive Vice President at the Las Olas Company and the General Manager of the Riverside Hotel, which both are owned and operated by the Wells Family of Fort Lauderdale.  Heiko has worked at beautiful resorts such as the Fisher Island Hotel & Resort in Miami, the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove and the Hilton Palm Beach Oceanfront Resort.  Heiko believes in community involvement and is the Immediate Past Board Chair / current board director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (2016), Past President / current board director of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association – Broward Chapter (2011 – 2012), current Board Member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, current Executive Committee Member of the Winterfest Boat Parade and past Executive Committee Member of the Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association.  He has also been recognized as a South Florida Power Leader by the South Florida Business Journal. He further is actively involved as a member at the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club, the Rotacyclists Florida, an Ambassador for the Salvation Army, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, Mission United of Broward County, Broward Partnership for the Homeless and further volunteers as a member of the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.  Heiko has received awards such as South Florida General Manager of the Year (HSMAI), Chairman’s Award (Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce), Broward’s Best Leaders Award (South Florida Executive magazine), Gay & Lesbian Business Exchange Ally of the Year (GLBX), South Florida’s Tourism Legend of the Year (HSMAI) and most recently Business Leader of the Year (Florida Atlantic University).

Heiko grew up in Germany and came to the U.S. at the age of 17 years old.  He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor in Arts & Science with the desire to becoming Sports Psychologist. However, while studying at KU, he fell in love with the hospitality industry working.

His hobbies are travelling, motorcycling, boating, tennis and golf.  He is married to his beautiful wife Elenice and enjoys the company of his Vizsla “Luke” and his African Grey Parrots, “Malibu” and “Sugar”.

About the Las Olas Company:

The Las Olas Company is a long-standing family owned and operated real estate development company, which was established in 1935.  The Company has been, and continues to be vested in Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale’s most prestigious shopping and dining district. The company also helped to nurture the charm of Las Olas Boulevard by adopting the village architecture of this shopping, dining, business meeting and vacation destination.

Founded by two Chicago brothers, Preston and John Wells, the company’s portfolio started to develop via the purchases of various properties in the Las Olas Boulevard area. The company started by developing the Champ Carr Hotel (now named the Riverside Hotel), and added to this location the Las Olas shopping and dining district.  Over the years, the company has assisted positioning Las Olas Boulevard to global recognition and is frequently referred to as the “Crown Jewel of Fort Lauderdale”.  Today the Las Olas Company owns leases and manages a significant portion of the real estate on Las Olas Boulevard as well as owning commercial office buildings.  The Las Olas Company is in the process of developing a parcel of land they own with a two story Retail/Office Building, located in the 700 block of East Las Olas Boulevard.

The Las Olas Company and Riverside Hotel is a company rich in tradition, great values and history.  It will continue to develop its assets to have an even greater presence in the Fort Lauderdale community in the future.  At the helm of the Las Olas Company is 4th generation Wells Family member, Michael Weymouth. For additional information and our real estate, please visit www.thelasolascompany.com .

About the Riverside Hotel:

The historic Riverside Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, as the only hotel on the city’s prestigious Las Olas Boulevard. Opened in 1936 by the Wells family, who also developed the Boulevard, the Riverside Hotel is both luxurious and laidback, mixing Caribbean style with old Florida charm. The 12-story property features 219 guest rooms inclusive of 6 suites accentuated by Tommy Bahama®-styled design elements, vintage décor, as well as the most discriminating detail – sweeping views overlooking the city skyline and the New River. Amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool; a fitness room; complimentary wireless internet; a marina with boat dockage space, accommodating vessels up to 150 ft.; more than 11,000 sq. ft. of indoor banquet/meeting facilities; and outdoor catering venues ranging from 800 sq. ft. – 20,600 sq. ft. The hotel also houses several dining options including the new Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, a culinary haven boasting ultra-fresh seafood and late night entertainment, Preston’s Wine & Martini Lounge located in the main lobby, the Golden Lyon Vintage Pub, and Indigo, a neighborhood restaurant where patrons can choose to sit within its comfortable dining room or dine al fresco along Las Olas Boulevard. Guests of the Riverside Hotel can now earn Stash Hotel Rewards points. It is also a pet friendly hotel. The Riverside Hotel is located at 620 East Las Olas Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, just minutes from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Broward County Convention Center, Port Everglades and the sandy white beaches of Fort Lauderdale. For additional information and booking a reservation, please visit www.riversidehotel.com