Industry Insiders: Jimmy Vargas & Mo Garcia, Liv Life

Making sure the hottest nightclubs in Miami Beach stay that way is plenty of work for Jimmy Vargas (left) and Mo Garcia, but that doesn’t mean they’re not allowed to enjoy their jobs. As the director of sales & marketing and the VP of external operations, respectively, for MMG Nightlife–which runs LIV and Arkadia at the Fontainebleau, and LIV at Sun Life Stadium–they book the talent, coordinate the events, and make sure everything runs smoothly.

That’s a tall order for venues that often teeter on the brink of insanity. “There was that infamous brawl between Joaquin Phoenix and the entire venue, who were heckling him and his hip-hop performance at LIV,” says Vargas, a New Yorker raised in Miami who’s been sneaking into clubs from a young age. (“I have the scars to prove it,” he says.) Garcia, who was “born and raised in the county of Dade,” spent seven years promoting parties in the city before focusing on the operation side of the business. Both men agree that in the world of high-end nightlife, it’s especially important to stay grounded. “People don’t realize that you have to work all day to create the things that happen all night,” Vargas says.