On April 23, 2021, I worked my last day at Tanabe Racing Development USA. After ten and a half years, I felt that it was time for me to leave and start a new chapter in my life. Yes I know it’s cliché but I came to the point where working there was no longer bringing me joy in life. In my times there, I had learned so much, met so many people and traveled more than I ever have before, I will be forever thankful for everything that James and Jiro have given me in my time there.
But wait, there’s more! Leaving a job after over ten years was a big deal to me, it was a hard decision to make however it was just one of two big changes I made in my life. Soon after I left Tanabe, I also made the move to Las Vegas. One reason why I made this decision was because I felt that if I didn’t leave the SoCal area (where so many automotive aftermarket companies reside) that I would sort of fall into the same type of role again which I didn’t want. I wanted to do something new, something exciting to me and in the service industry was where I fell. I was referred to Brittney from Osteria Fiorella by my good friend Erin and landed employment here. This was a restaurant that opened in the middle of a Pandemic my James Beard Award winning Marc Vetri. Long story short, I found a job doing something fun and completely new to me and most of all, stress free. Of course there are small things that can be stressful while working but what I mean by this is that you don’t take anything home. You work, you go home and that’s that. The next day is a new one and I am so glad that I went down this road. I’ve met so many amazing people here and that’s what makes work enjoyable.
On July 12, 2021 the restaurant celebrated its one year anniversary with a buy out event in collaboration with La Strega’s Chef Gina. This was a really fun event to work, it was all hands on deck and the house was packed. Seeing all the processes go through like clockwork was truly amazing and I can’t thank the management team enough for letting me be a part of this.