Casey Brennan loves the bright lights and big city, so when the New Yorker got a job offer that combined them, she pounced. “I came to Las Vegas to work for the Light Group,” says Brennan of the impetus for her move in September 2012 from the city that never sleeps to, well, another city that never sleeps. “I was ready for a new experience.”
She’s now rocking her job as vice president of public relations for the Light Group and its roster of popular clubs, bars, and restaurants, which includes favorites such as 1 Oak, The Bank, and Yellowtail, plus LG newcomers Red Square and Citizens Kitchen & Bar, at Mandalay Bay.
Before heading west, Brennan was an editor in celebrity journalism. Now that she’s creating news instead of covering it, Brennan’s experience in the high-octane world of the rich and famous serves her well. She’s not only the point person for red-carpet events; she’s the one who makes sure that stars from Rihanna and Usher to Mario Lopez and Taylor Swift have a memorable experience once they show up at a venue she represents. And as a former magazine insider, she intuitively knows how to get the most positive media play possible from photos, videos, and other developments at the Light Group’s list of high-end properties, including new parent company Morgans Hotel Group’s work with Mandalay Bay and THEhotel.
When Brennan’s not busy creating buzz at work, the 34-year-old is almost always out and about exploring her new surroundings and endearing herself to locals. She’s fallen in love with the noodle shop Monta Ramen in Vegas’s Chinatown, and on a recent trek to Mount Charleston in the Spring Mountains she couldn’t get over the abundant natural beauty just outside the city. “There are so many things going on here,” says Brennan, noting that Vegas’s “amazing energy and endless activities” keep homesickness for New York well at bay.
Brennan’s new social and work circles have become a major bonus to living here, too. “Vegas is so different from what I expected,” she says. “The people here are unbelievably friendly. I’ve lived in the New York area my entire life, save for a few years here and there. But moving to Vegas has been the easiest transition. It makes it easy not to miss New York, even though it’s my home.” In late March the group launches Light at Mandalay Bay in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. The 38,000-square-foot club is the first to feature Cirque performers, who will entertain revelers in a state-of-the-art production that combines sound, lighting, and special effects. “I am beyond thrilled,” she says, “to be involved in this project.”
Brennan’s enthusiasm for what life has brought her lately doesn’t require any spin. “A year ago, I would never have imagined myself in Las Vegas working in PR and marketing for one of the city’s biggest hospitality companies,” she says. “This has been the most amazing adventure.”