Director of Marketing, Light and Daylight in Mandalay Bay
From ideation to selecting the color of the confetti, Harris has her hands on every Play Management party and event. During her 10 years in the industry, she has hosted, cocktailed and managed across multiple venues including Haze, 1 OAK, Gold Lounge, the Deuce and Chateau. Such a breadth of experiences has allowed her to gain insight into every aspect of the event business, from inception to execution. Now that Play Management has taken over Light and Daylight, Harris brings her knowledge and expertise to those venues. “I want our parties to be the best and to give people something to talk about, an experience they will remember.”
Director of Nightlife/Daylife Operations, SLS
When the parties rage on all day and all night, somebody’s got to keep an eye on things. Nolan Lambertsen, whose eight-year nightlife career began as a pool attendant at The Mirage, makes sure guest experiences run smoothly and stay consistent. This includes all the nightlife venues in the resort, including Foxtail and the Sayers Club—and soon that list will grow. In the future, Lambertsen plans to focus on SLS’ live entertainment offerings when the former Life Nightclub becomes a 1,800-seat, state-of-the-art concert hall, The Foundry.
Operations Manager, Drai’s Nightclub
Sometimes the best nightclub experiences can’t be attributed to big-name DJs or flashy productions. What makes for a great night really comes down to logistics. Posterli is in charge of the cocktail servers, which means she makes sure you get your drink when you want it and how you want it. And since Drai’s plans to open venues internationally in the coming year, you’re bound to see more of her. “I owe my career to Ronn Nicolli [of XS]. He’s from my hometown in Ohio, and he helped get me my first cocktail [server] position at Drai’s After Hours in 2010,” she says. After six years, and with a growing social media following, Posterli is on our one-to-watch radar.
General Manager, Hyde Bellagio
Saleem has a hand in everything, from booking an impressive roster of celebrity DJs/hosts, including Travis Barker and Brody Jenner, to holding down SBE’s brand via the infamous XIV Sessions to just making sure the staff is smiling. In 2016, Saleem wants to keep it simple. “Growing the business and keeping ourselves relevant is key,” he says. “We’ve been successful for so long because of the staff and their warm personalities.”
Producer/Radio Presenter/DJ, Hakkasan and Jewel (opening 2016)
Eteson calls himself a secret agent, but his accolades are anything but a secret. The U.K. native moved to Las Vegas in 2013 to DJ at Hakkasan Group properties, including Omnia in Caesars, and his career keeps ascending. “My break came when I learned how to produce at university and a chance encounter where I drunkenly e-mailed a management company asking one of the head guys to take me under his wing.” After countless hours behind the decks and simultaneously producing singles such as the infectiously catchy trance track “Breathe on My Own,” Eteson hopes to continue the momentum. “[Expect] lots of new music, some big shows at some phenomenal venues and a hell of a lot of hard work,” he says. “But I wouldn’t have it any other way!”
DJ, Encore Beach Club
Las Vegas is spoiled when it comes to DJs; we see some of the biggest names in the business regularly. But it is also a great place to catch an up-and-comer right before they hit. Carrasco is a fresh face in the world of Vegas nightlife, but he’s been perfecting his craft since he bought his first turntable at 13. From there, he picked up the skill quickly, developed an interest in house music and started producing his own music. “DJing is about setting a vibe with your audience and keeping it going,” he says. In 2016, Carrasco wants to continue DJing, but he also wants to work behind the scenes, producing music under his EstoVega moniker.
Model Cocktail Server, Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop in Paris Las Vegas
Service can make or break a night out, so when a server goes beyond the call of duty, it should be noted. Pintozzi makes sure everyone who walks through Chateau’s doors is having a great time. “[I’m] the life of the party,” she says. “It’s up to me to make sure guests are entertained and having the best Las Vegas experience they can possibly have.” Since moving to the city six years ago to work as a promotional model for various liquor companies, Pintozzi has taken her product knowledge, connections and experience to the hospitality industry.
Director of Event Marketing, Tao Group
Andrew Insigne’s foray into nightlife began with an interview for a security guard position three years ago. “Marquee [was the] first nightclub I went to. I was absolutely captivated, not solely by the fact that it was a raging nightclub, but more so by the production and experiential aspects of the party,” he says. “I was convinced that I had to work here and be part of creating experiences like this one.” Minutes after, he “confessed” to the interviewer that he was more interested in a marketing position. Eventually he got the job. Now he’s in charge of conceptualizing, planning and executing events, initiatives, partnerships, sponsorships and artist residencies. After working on Kaskade’s Summer Lovin’ residency, Marquee’s SkyDeck at EDC Las Vegas and Tao’s 10-year anniversary, Insigne has even higher hopes for the future. “I plan to increase the volume and quality of events we are doing while focusing on elevating the guest experience.”