The brothers in arms: Where are they now?

From left to right: Craig Nyman, Cy Waits, Ray Davila, Cory Nyman, Steven Klimanski, Randy Davila, Jesse Waits, Brian Kilmaski.
Photo: Benjamen Purvis

In the 2006 nightlife issue, the Weekly interviewed four sets of brothers (one of them twins!) who all worked in the Vegas nightlife industry. Three years later, we check back in.

Craig Nyman

Then: 25, assistant account executive, Kirvin Doak Communications; accounts included Tabu, Studio 54 and Casa Fuente, among others

Now: 28, same; accounts include entertainment (Frank Caliendo, Cirque du Soleil’s Elvis show) and restaurants

Says Craig: “Music is still the center of the universe to me, and my collection continues to grow. I am thankful for the time spent in Vegas so far and the friends I have made, the work experience I have gained, and can’t wait to know what the future holds. Besides that, I have been living the dream and trying to enjoy every day as much as I can. The best is yet to come, but right now, it’s pretty good.”

Corey Nyman

Then: 29, general manager, Stack Restaurant & Lounge, The Mirage

Now: 32, director of operations/partner, The Nyman Group, Ltd.

Since 2006, Corey has joined his family’s business, a food and beverage consulting firm with more than 34 years experience and offices in Scottsdale, Las Vegas and New York. Corey committed himself to getting into peak physical condition, and simultaneously rediscovered his passion for the industry. “I also have left my 20s and have entered my 30s,” says Corey, “another step in the maturity process of my life, and I’m loving it!”

Randy Davila

Then: 29, about to make a move back into nightlife as the new marketing director for Angel Management Group

Now: 32, owner, consulting and events company RED Management Group, St. Louis

“I wear many hats these days, as I am my own boss and my own employee. But my main focus is always business development and marketing. I’m looking for a location to launch my new bar concept in St. Louis and Kansas City. I’m positive that nightlife is the field that best suits me, and I’m ready to open my own bar and settle down and start a family.”

Ray Davila

Then: 32, just became GM of Empire Ballroom after departing MGM Grand as its nightclub promotions and events manager for Studio 54, Tabu and Teatro

Now: 34, director of nightclub operations for Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, operates Home Nightclub in St. Charles, Missouri

“I operate a 17,500-square-foot ‘Vegas-style’ nightclub in metro St. Louis … Ninety-five percent of my staff has never even been to a Vegas nightclub, but they are exceptional at delivering a true ‘Vegas experience.’”

Cy & Jesse Waits

Then: 30, managing partners, Tryst Nightclub and Drai’s After Hours

Now: 33, managing partners, XS, Tryst, Drai’s After Hours, Botero Restaurant; Drai’s LA opens later this year

Jesse: “I think the expansion of our company with Victor [Drai] into the Los Angeles area with our new Drai’s establishment has been exciting and something we’re all looking forward to later this year.”

Cy: “We also just celebrated our third anniversary at Tryst and are really going strong there, so we couldn’t be happier.”

Steven Klimaski

Then: 28, director of promotions, Pure Management Group

Now: 31, VIP Services and Promotions, N9NE Group

“I left PMG under great terms and began new challenges with creating and structuring a promotional system for the MGM nightlife and ‘daylife’ venues, which eventually led me to working in St. Louis, if you can believe that. The last year and a half I was assisting in marketing and being director of promotions for Home Nightclub in St. Louis …”

Brian Klimaski

Then: 32, director of VIP services, ICE/Lead Lost, Godspeed, The Foundation Room

Now: 35, services manager, Home Nightclub, The Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, St. Charles, Missouri

“In the last year my brother and I moved [to St. Louis] to manage a venue with Ray and Randy Davila. I just agreed to relocate here and am enjoying my Cardinals season tickets with my girlfriend, Rebecca … The most important thing, though, is that I learned some of life’s lessons and reorganized my priorities since I don’t work six days and nights anymore.”


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