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Fabulous People: Craig Dye

Craig Dye is the general manager of Double Helix, a specialty bar in Las Vegas that features specialty whiskey and wine by the glass and amazing tapas-style fare by Executive Chef Doug Vega. Learn about Craig Dye…

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Hometown: Chicago, IL

First job: My first job was a cart attendant for Target.

My favorite ways to spend my free time: I like to take my dog, Maverick, to the park and let him run free like crazy. I also like doing fun things with my girlfriend like hiking, checking out a new restaurant or just going for a drive through Red Rock Canyon, because when beauty like that is right in our backyard, you need to enjoy it!

My biggest accomplishment: I grew up in a broken home with my parents on opposite sides of the country, so seeing them both was challenging. I’ve gone through a lot of rough times growing up, but it has made me a stronger person and pushed me to build a career in the hospitality industry where I started as a dishwasher over two decades ago. I have since worked hard to climb the ladder and am so proud to serve as general manager at Double Helix.

My biggest obstacle: My biggest obstacle was when my younger brother passed away in 2017. It was very sudden and unexpected. It really hit me hard as I’m the older brother and felt like I should have been there for him at a time when he needed me the most. It was by far the toughest thing I’ve had to deal with in my life, and I’m still finding ways to cope with it day-by-day.

Someone who inspires me: My sister is a huge inspiration to me. At the young age of 13, she had major Scoliosis surgery to repair her back, and approximately 10 years later had to have the surgery again to fix a problem with the previous surgery. She has since had two beautiful children (my nieces) that she has raised with the help of her husband. She’s worked the same job for over 20 years and has moved up the ranks within the company. She’s my biggest inspiration because no matter the challenges she’s had to personally overcome, she continues to be been an amazing employee, mother, wife and brother!

Advice to someone pursuing a career in my field: My advice would be to spend some time in the hospitality industry working as many positions as possible to gain the knowledge of what to expect and what not to expect from each position so that when you become a manager you can relate with your staff but also with the customers!

My favorite quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

Something someone would be surprised to learn about me:  I love blues and jazz music!

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