Currently as Corporate Wine Director, Station Casinos, Harley oversees 6 Hotel & Casino Properties as well as 10 neighborhood Casinos under the Wildfire Brand. These properties are located throughout the Las Vegas area. Managing all things wine including sourcing, purchasing, training and menu development.
Previously Harley held two positions with one of the largest beverage distributors in Las Vegas, Johnson Brothers of Nevada. Here his roles were Luxury Portfolio Manager and District Manager, On-Premise Sales. Harley’s team of sales consultants called on and worked with the top restaurants and luxury hotel properties in Las Vegas.
Before his time in sales Harley held the role as director of wine for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, he was the definition of a passionate wine expert. Not only did he oversee the resort’s 150,000 bottles, 4,000 labels, and team of 9 sommeliers, he was responsible for wine-related training and wine operations for the casino, room service, banquets, and pools as well as the resort’s dining outlets, three of which hold the Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine as well as one with the Grand Award.
This passion was sparked at his first job at a family-owned Dairy Queen in Canada, Carbery’s home country. While making guests smile with chocolate dipped cones, he discovered his aptitude for customer service and decided to pursue a profession in the food and beverage industry. His career began at The Fairmount Algonquin where he was a banquet supervisor. Soon he moved to the Fairmount Tremblant where he worked as a cook specializing in French cuisine while pursuing a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Camosun College in Victoria, BC.
In 2003, he joined the team at The Fairmount Chateau Whistler as the general manager of the fine dining restaurant, The Wine Room and the casual dining room, The Wildflower. Here under his leadership The Wine Room achieved AAA Four Diamond status and earned Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. While in Whistler, Carbery also earned a sommelier diploma from the International Sommelier Guild.
Carbery moved to Las Vegas in 2007 to work at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas where he worked as general manager and sommelier for the AAA Four Diamond fine dining restaurant, Medici Café & Terrace as well as manager of in-room dining, Galileo Lobby Lounge & Bar and the Pool Bar and Café. In 2008, Carbery joined the team at Robuchon restaurants at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. He began as assistant general manager and sommelier at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and was then promoted to wine director for Chef of the Century Joël Robuchon’s Las Vegas restaurants; Joël Robuchon Restaurant and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. In his time serving in this position, the wine lists at Joel Robuchon Restaurant earned the elite Wine Spectator Grand Award for the first time in 2009.
Carbery is a highly certified wine professional. In 2009, he became a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Sake Specialist by the Sake Education Council. Carbery earned the distinction of Certified Spanish Wine Educator from the Wine Academy of Spain in 2008. Most recently Harley passed the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, with Distinction.