Friends With Benefits: Jordan Mazuryk
Although Jordan Mazuryk is far from where he started—both in career and location, it’s like he’s come full circle. “I knew I was always going to be working with people,” said Mazuryk, the general manager for Golden Nugget’s Tank Pool. “I always knew I was going to be in a teaching environment. I think management is one of the greatest teaching environments.”
After college, the Canadian native taught for two years in both his home country and in Thailand. After that, he became part owner of an international tour company for students. He then spent time as a school director in California. But it was during a trip to Las Vegas for a bachelor party that Mazuryk set his sights on Las Vegas, and in 2009 he made the move.
That’s when his career began to shift. His first job was as a VIP host for Tao nightclub, then he moved over to the Cosmopolitan and worked in sales and operations, overseeing daylife, nightlife and concert venues. In 2016, one of his mentors, Cindy O’Keefe, came calling. “Anyone in hotel operations knows her name,” Mazuryk said. “And when I had the opportunity to work with Cindy, I jumped at it.”
For two years now, he’s been happily “running (the pool) likes it’s my own business. I’ve been allowed to run the operations as I’ve seen fit,” he said. “Hospitality is a constant area of development and you can keep growing. I would consider myself a student of hospitality and I love teaching hospitality.”
Citra Rye American Pale Ale
Mazuryk has taken his love of learning and teaching and applied it to another love of his: beer. A couple years ago, he got his level two cicerone certification and, last year, he helped run Golden Nugget’s Beer Fest, bringing in new breweries to showcase. He also helped craft the pool’s beer offerings and added one of his local faves to the menu: Citra Rye, an American pale ale by Joseph James. “It changed my perspective on beer, on Nevada beer specifically,” he said. “It’s just such a phenomenal beer. ... It’s also a beer that put Vegas on the map with craft breweries. It uses pale ale malts that are nice and bready and malty. It has the rye that’s the crisp finish.”