Jack Nargil of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel discusses breaking into the hospitality industry, how he transitioned from politics to hospitality, his love for D.C. and more as our October Expert.
Before you began working as a concierge, you worked in politics. How did you decide to transition from politics to the hospitality industry?
I went from politics to hospitality due in good part because I had grown up in the hospitality world. My father was a hotelier and graduated from the famous hotel school I Lausanne, Switzerland, in which I was exposed to the hotel world.
After college, I worked for my father in France, and became more familiar with the hotel world while traveling from New York to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to British Columbia, Canada. I believe that my knowledge of Washington from Capitol Hill to Georgetown is very important as well. Having lived in Washington from undergraduate to graduate school allowed me to know the ins-and-outs of Washington which is very important to the concierge world.
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