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Life of the Party: Andrew Insigne

With a strong event marketing background, this ‘11 alumnus knows how to spice up any party.

People  |  Dec 1, 2017  |  By Caitlyn Lopez

Andrew Insigne, '11 BS Hotel Administration. (Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services)

Editor's Note: 

This story is part of a series highlighting 50 intriguing alumni as part of the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Andrew Insigne’s specialty is his ability to orchestrate complex events while injecting a sense of playfulness into every detail. He realized at an early age that his clients want more than a just party—they’re looking for an extravagant escape from the ordinary.

What made you want to get into nightlife?

My first club experience was really captivating. I went to Marquee [nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas] and was blown away by the production of everything. I wanted to know who was in charge of putting it all together every night.

Tell us about a time you were daring.

After I went to Marquee, I knew I had to work for TAO Group. So, I saw a security casting call for the company on the college’s Listserv and used it to weasel my way into talking to the right people. They connected me with the marketing director, and I was hired the following week. I took the risk, because I realized I was a new graduate with minimal experience up against 500 other new hotel grads. At the end of the day, you have to prove you’re worth the shot.

What is a unique challenge you’ve faced?

Age and appearance. What I’ve learned is that you should dress for the job you want and not the job you’re doing. People won’t take you seriously if you don’t look the part. If you can put yourself together, then you’ll look like someone who can take care of any job.

What does it mean to be a Rebel?

People who graduate from the Hotel College are nontraditional. We’re not going to be the people working traditional 9-to-5 jobs. We go out and make an impact in the community and industry in ways that guests will enjoy. We’re the people who are always throwing the parties.