A Look Into the Job of VP of Security at the Wynn, Las Vegas!
Growing up I had many aspirations as do many children. At one time I wanted to be a doctor, other times I wanted to be an archaeologist, then an author and even a flight attendant. They made it look so glamorous back then! But, when I did go through school and eventually went into post-secondary education, I realized the importance of every day occupations from every aspect.
One of my passions has always been writing, creating and visual arts. It has always attracted me, even from an early age. There was something special about creating a world of my own and bringing it to life with my words. Or the feeling of centering a subject in my viewfinder and the click of the shutter.
One of my first ventures straight after high school was Business, soon after that and a baby later– I went into Journalism. After graduating and working in the field, I went back to school due to lack of work in my area and worked in health care for 7 years. Now, I’ve returned to my passion of writing and connecting and work in the online realm, in print and beyond. It has been quite a journey and I have a feeling that it isn’t quite done just yet.
While my journey is ongoing, I have always been curious about all of the people who make this world function by providing their skills in their positions. I wonder what inspired them to go into their fields and I think that being a part of today’s workforce is something to be celebrated.
Recently, I discovered Kronos. With tens of thousands of customers worldwide, Kronos is the leader in workforce management solutions. Kronos helps their clients manage time and attendance records, worker’s schedules, absence records, HR and payroll, hiring, and labor analytics solutions and services.
Are You 1 in One Hundred Million?
Kronos has created and published “1 in one hundred million” web series on their site that is devoted to sharing the personal stories of people who do the many important and too-often unrecognized jobs upon which we all rely. From their inception, Kronos solutions have always focused on the work that people do. That’s why they’re proud to celebrate these special individuals who reflect the character, the commitment, and the passion of today’s workforce.
To satiate my curiosity, I subscribed to the videos and started watching them. It’s amazing what goes behind every job and the journey the took to get to where they were. The series highlights some interesting people and the jobs that we rely on day-to-day. The entire series and the episodes you can watch are below!
Ep: 1 – Firefighter
Ep: 2 – Trauma Nurse
Ep: 3 – Produce Manager at grocery store
Ep: 4 – Union Electrician
Ep: 5 – Hotel Front Desk Agent
Ep: 6 – Restaurant Server
Ep: 7 – Teacher
Ep: 8 – Baseball Bat Maker, was MLB pitcher
Ep: 9 – Major in National Guard, works security for major events
Ep: 10 – Justina Pratt: Safe Start Swimming Instructor at the YMCA, Lake Nona, FL
Ep: 11 – Royce / Alligator Wrangler
Ep: 12 – Shannon NeSmith / Truck Driver
Ep: 13 – Zach Feary Stern Pinball, Chicago
Ep: 14 – Jenny Theuman, Zookeeper
Ep: 15 – Mike Perez, Sous Chef, Hearty Boy Catering, Chicago
Ep: 16 – Jennifer Miller, Retail Sales Associate MJ Christensen Diamonds
Ep: 17 – Tracer Finn, Assistant Head of Lighting, Le Reve – The Dream (The Wynn, Las Vegas)
Ep: 18 – Dana Sue Kimbal, Miner & Environmental Manager, Coeur Rochester Mine (Nevada Mining Association)
Ep: 19 – Troy Mitchum, VP of Security, The Wynn Las Vegas
Meet Troy Mitchum.
I watched a few episodes of jobs that really struck me. I’ve worked in health care myself but, I could never imagine working as a trauma nurse. But, I wanted to see how it was. Tracer Finn has such a cool job and such an essential one too. It was neat to learn so much in a short video, so you totally need to subscribe to the videos!
Troy Mitchum leads the security team at the Wynn, Las Vegas. The Wynn has 12,000 employees, with over 400 of them working in the security force. Both humans and the four-legged kind! Troy has been with Wynn for 30 years, and was recently promoted to this job.
During his journey with the company, he risen through the ranks, and has held 8 different positions. Starting in 1985 he worked in the mail room, then folded towels, cleaned the pool, was a bellman, and worked as a Valet parking cars – all of which he says have been valuable in helping him get to where he is today.
I’ve always admired when someone is humble enough and has the drive to do any job. To work their way up and gain experience with every job. Troy also took advantage of a program that Wynn offers. It’s an educational assistance program that reimburses its employees for education costs. When Troy decided to go to college, he was reimbursed 100% for every “A” he received. With his college education, Troy grew into the position of Executive Director of Guest Services.
Troy and his team are entrusted with the complex job of keeping the property and its guests safe and secure. To work in security at Wynn you have to present yourself well, have the right demeanor and be able to answer questions. It’s not just about muscle and force – “we’re on stage”, he says. Though if you are a black belt in karate, well, that’s a bonus for consideration!
Security has changed immensely over the years. 30-40 years ago, security teams might have guns and badges– and now security agents are ambassadors for the guests and the hotel/resort. And it’s not just about gambling anymore, it’s more about the entertainment. With the help of technology, they don’t need just the muscle. They are able to see a person’s ID when they pull it out through their cameras. They are really high-tech!
The Wynn has 25,000 people visit every day – that’s 9 million visitors per year – and first and foremost the security team is there here for the guests. Troy and his team cover security from the casino, hotel, and special events.
To stay up to date, they have 3 briefings per day – local and federal – on events, what’s hot, and things happening in society globally. That way, they know what to watch out for or if there is anything that they need to be on alert for.
Remember how I told you they were a really high-tech operation? Well, one time a guest attending a convention left behind a laptop in a cab. Troy and his team worked with their other departments and utilized their technology to track down the vehicle and recover the laptop. How amazing is that? I know as a guest, I’d be incredibly grateful.
One of the best parts of his job that Troy loves is that they are always the good guys. He says that they are there for service, service and service! And that’s how it totally should be!
Make sure to head over to the “1 in 100 million” web series and check them out for yourself! There are so many interesting videos, short and sweet too! If you are looking to subscribe, it takes seconds and you can sign-up, here!
Did you know what it took to be VP of Security in Vegas?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by Kronos. All thoughts and opinions are honest and 100% my own.