Friends With Benefits: Chris Trillo
Chris Trillo’s favorite memory of working as lead VIP host for Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace happened on Nov. 7, 2017. The nightclub hosted a benefit concert for those affected by the Oct. 1 tragedy. Along with his team, they brought artists and guests together for an evening of healing, but also an incredible party that raised more than a million dollars.
“It was a night you just couldn’t plan for,” says Trillo, a Las Vegas native. “Looking around, it’s like there’s Tiësto, Zedd, Steve Aoki, and then here comes Celine Dion and she sang ‘My Heart Will Go On,’ and people were going wild. The way the city came together for that event was just incredible.”
While that was one of Omnia’s biggest parties to date, on nearly every evening it’s been open for the past four years, Trillo has been creating experiences at the nightclub for his guests and clients. As the lead VIP host, he guides and watches over the other hosts as they do the same. “We create an experience for people to enjoy,” he says. “We’re experience creators. It doesn’t stop when you just come in and buy a table; it’s so much more than that.”
Trillo has been in the industry for nearly a decade, starting out as a busser and beverage runner at Wet Republic dayclub and eventually becoming a junior host at Pure nightclub, the city’s first megaclub, where Omnia now stands. He worked his way up the ranks and now educates a new generation of hosts.
“I would like to think I lead by example,” Trillo says. “I’ve been in their shoes. I’ve been the guy that’s picked up dirty cups and refilled ice buckets to dealing with higher-end clientele to realizing the struggles that the hosts go through and helping them get through it. We’re in the taking-care-of people world, and I love it.” A million times over, we imagine.
Dom Perignon bottle package
Delivering bottles to VIP tables, like this Dom Perignon champagne package, is one of the coolest experiences to not only put together but to watch, says Trillo. “We can have one of the servers drop down from the ceiling to deliver the bottles to the table. We have a giant Barbie box with a server dressed up and holding the bottle, and people can unwrap the box. We parade the bottles out with sparklers and huge signs and servers dressed up in costumes. We can get really creative with the delivery ideas. We can even have superheroes like Batman drop down from the ceiling to deliver a bottle.”