How Perseverance, Determination and Drive Led This Las Vegas Local to the Job of Her Dreams
By Andeen Rose Clark
Las Vegas doubles down in the world of racing, boasting two major NASCAR races a year and is the first NHRA Top Fuel track west of the Mississippi to host the first inaugural four-wide track. This year, for the first time ever, the track is sold out. As the sport continues to grow its audience in Las Vegas, there is one shining star who stands out: KJ Hare, a Las Vegas casino host. Her client list reads the “who’s who” of the racing world.
Moving from California to Las Vegas 12 years ago to be closer to her family, Hare had a goal of becoming a casino host. She was determined to see this dream come to fruition and knew that she had to start somewhere, so she did. As a hostess at Lawry’s, Hare quickly advanced in her profession. By chance, she moved over to Rao’s inside Caesars Palace where she spent the next four years cultivating her connections. After accomplishing all that she could at Caesars, Hare left to become a part of a brand new hotel, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where she started out as a concierge and quickly learned the ins and outs of what it takes to entertain the gamblers.
Hare had a growing list of friends staying and gambling at the property and, to enhance their stay, would introduce them to the marketing department who would provide the comps and fulfill the guests’ needs outside the scope of her job.
Hare had been developing these friendly relationships and felt it was time to ask for the job she had set her eyes on years before. She went to a long-time friend and mentor Casey Cohen and stated her case. Exactly one year from the date of hire, her dream came true. Hare had earned the role of casino host.
During her off time, you can find Hare at the track, any track, as she loves racing, “Anything motorsports, NASCAR, Indy, Drags, you name it,” she said. “As long as it is loud, powerful and fast, I’m a huge fan.”
Which takes us to her niche, Hare’s guests consist of some of the top drivers in the world. She has built strong relationships in the racing community, a tightknit family that works together to help each other out. Make no mistake, it is competitive, but they always have room to help a friend.
Her love of racing has turned into the dream job of being a casino host in Las Vegas. Last year, she strongly suggested to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas that they should become a NASCAR sponsor. They listened, sponsoring the iconic #43 car driven by Bubba Wallace, owned by Richard Petty Motorsports.
She is at the top of her game and travels around the United States to not only support her drivers, but as a diehard fan. When asked what she does in her free time, it is fairly obvious, “I go to the races, I’ve yet to miss a race,” said Hare.
The race industry is growing in Las Vegas and Hare has chosen hard work and determination to build her brand and her guest list on her terms, never using gender as a catapult for her career. Something she prides herself on is refusing to see gender, “I know my business and I see myself as an equal, and I do what it takes to get the job done,” she says.
Diehard race fan, Raiders and Vegas Golden Knights fan, Hare can see an incredible future of growth for Las Vegas and her guests can be assured she knows how to take care of them; she walks the walk and talks the talk.