General Manager, Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whiskey
If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
Trust in yourself and be honorable.
If you had to choose just one place to vacation every year for the rest of your life, where would it be?
I haven't found it yet. I am drawn to the mountains and the ocean so if I can find someplace where I can ski all day long and then relax on the beach with a cocktail in the evening that would be ideal.
What was the last concert you attended?
I'm fortunate to have very talented musicians for friends so I am out most nights seeing my friends perform around town. On any given night you can find me watching Daniel Park, Rein Garcia, Josh Royse, Naked Elephant, Stoked, Matt Morgan, and many others playing everywhere from Gold Spike to Container Park, to Bellagio. It's fun to always have something cool to do around Las Vegas. The last "actual" concert I attended was OAR. I have been a long time fan and had the opportunity to see them live last summer. I will definitely take that opportunity again if it comes around – they put on an amazing show.
What is one thing on your bucket list that you have already done or have plans to do?
Two things I had on my to-do list last year that I wasn't able to get to were surfing and getting SCUBA certified. I grew up in the water and have never surfed or gone SCUBA diving so I'm excited to give them both a try. I have three friends that have said they will take me surfing and I have found a SCUBA instructor that is willing to work with my crazy schedule, so both are on the docket for 2016.
If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
I would teach cooking classes. I feel that home cooking is the one skill that can ensure quality of life and well-being and I think that it’s a skill that is slowly being lost. It’s important to teach people basic dietary knowledge and how to prepare a well-rounded meal.
In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you?
I see the sense of community and energy continuing to grow.
If you won $100 million, what would you buy first?
The first thing I would do if I won $100 million dollars is secure a college education for my best friend’s daughter. After that I would track down and purchase the cars and boats my father spent years restoring and ensure the security of my family. When that was taken care of I would charter a jet and throw a party on a remote island. All of my friends are invited and they could come for as long as they wanted. When I was tired of partying on the island, I would evaluate how much money I had left and make a plan.
Which song would you choose for karaoke?
It takes a lot of gin to get me up to sing karaoke. Once I get to the point that I have a microphone in-hand, the song choice doesn't matter much.
What is something about you that most people don¹t know?
I swam competitively for 14 years, starting when I was four and continuing through high school. Swimming is still my exercise of choice. My friends will tell you, if there is a body of water close by, I'm in it. I don't go anywhere without a bathing suit.
What motivates you to work hard?
I take a lot of pride in my work so truthfully it's seeing guests leave with smiles on their faces. I love knowing that our staff have done a great job and made someone's experience a great one.
Which of your accomplishments has made you most proud?
Graduating culinary school and gaining a job with the Ritz-Carlton.