FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: MARK CHILDERS AT VIRGIN HOTELS LAS VEGAS
It’s all a matter of timing and fate. When he turned 21 years old, Mark Childers got a second job as a barback to earn some extra money. One night while on the job at the Charlotte, N.C., sports bar he worked at, he was sort of thrown into the bartender position. He’s never looked back. He worked as a bartender and manager in Charlotte for about a decade, then in 2014 he sent his resume to Tao Group for a position he thought was in New York.
“As fate would have it, it was actually for a job at Lavo in Las Vegas,” he says. “So I got the chance to actually move out to the city that I had fallen in love with long ago.” Early on in his career, Childers visited Vegas many times. “I saw the mecca and I saw it right as I was getting into the industry, so I always had a love for Las Vegas,” he says.
Childers moved here for the job at Lavo at The Palazzo, where he spent five years. Today, you can find him at Kassi Beach House at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, where he helps run the joint as the assistant general manager. “Kassi—it’s like experiencing a beach house party on the Mediterranean coast,” Childers says. “Beach house vibes with great Italian cuisine.”