Kirby has been in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years. He began in hospitality as a valet parker and bellman. While he was a bellman at the Rio, he also handled all the detailing for the hotel’s transportation vehicles. Kirby befriended the Rio’s director of sales in 1994 and started his career in sales. Unfortunately, he was a junior salesperson, so he had to take a cut in pay and supplemented his income by working as a server at night and cleaning shopping centers on weekends. Fast-forward 20 years and it has been a fun and exciting journey for Kirby, who has worked for seven hotels. He has been at the Henderson, Nevada, Tourism Department for the past 13 years.
Kirby has always believed in building strong relationships with clients and industry professionals. He believes if you are passionate about your job and build strong relationships, you will be successful.
“Ed’s dedication to the promotion of the Henderson area is unparalleled. Selling Henderson and all the diverse things it has to offer has been his passion for the past decade,” says Larry Peterson, sales account executive at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
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