Hometown: Marshalltown, Iowa
Moved to Las Vegas: September 2004
Influenced by her two older sisters, Martin-Wood made Las Vegas her home after spending the summer months during her college years working as a cocktail server in town. That was 2004, and Martin-Wood soon found herself at Ra Nightclub in Luxor. Not only would she meet her to-be husband there, it shifted her path from a degree in industrial manufacturing engineering to ultimately finding herself in nightclub operations. “I consider myself a firefighter, and I try to put out the situation as fast as possible,” Martin-Wood says. “Figuratively, of course. We don’t want any real fires there.” That includes keeping a line of open communication with the marketing, security and operations teams, to name a few.
Jill of All trades: “Being from a small town in Iowa, I’ve worn a lot of hats,” Martin-Wood says. “I grew up in a heavy machinery shop with my father; I’ve farmed; I’ve raised Holsteins and livestock; I’ve been a cocktail server; I’ve even flipped burgers. I was in a lot of academic organizations and on boards throughout my entire education.”