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Kim martinwood assistant General manager at tryst and XS nightclub Hometown: Marshalltown, Iowa Years in tHe industrY: 15 Infuenced by her two older sisters, Martin-Wood offcially relocated to Las Vegas 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 Club Ra in Luxor. Not only would she meet her husband there, it shifted her path from a degree in industrial manufacturing engineering to a career in hospitality. Focusing on the operations side as assistant general manager at Tryst and XS, the Iowa native ensures the staff is supported in providing a high level of service. “I consider myself a frefghter and try to put out the situation as fast as possible,” Martin-Wood says. “Figuratively, of course. We don’t want any real fres there.” That includes keeping an open line of communication with the marketing, security and operations teams, to name a few. tHe X factor: “Being from a small town in Iowa, I’ve worn a lot of hats over my lifetime,” MartinWood 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 for many years; I’ve even fipped burgers; I was in a lot of academic organizations and boards throughout my entire education.” model beHavior: “My mom and my two big sisters are my inspirational women,” she says. “They’re such strong women, and they’ve overcome a lot of obstacles—emotionally, physically, fnancially, career-wise. They’ve taught me a lot of my life lessons.” boYs’ club: Martin-Wood has frequently found herself to be the only woman in the room, but that makes no difference: “I’ve never viewed my challenges or obstacles as a male/female factor. In college, the engineering department was primarily male-dominated, but I never viewed it as a segregated situation.”

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How tHe ladies plaY: “A couple of years ago [my husband and I] started training for the Vegas Spartan Race, which I fell in love with,” MartinWood says of her passion for the outdoors. “I like hiking and Harley rides; I horseback ride, fsh and water ski.”

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