Press Release

ELLEN B. KNOWLTON STEPS DOWN AS CHAIR OF THE MOB MUSEUM’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeffrey A. Silver, Esq., Named Board’s New Chair

– After 10 years of service, Knowlton to step down as her family relocates out of the area.

– Knowlton to be recognized at July 20 Las Vegas City Council presentation by The Mob Museum Executive Director Jonathan Ullman.

– Longtime Nevadan and pre-eminent gaming law practitioner Jeffrey A. Silver, Esq., assumes chairmanship of the Museum’s board of directors.

LAS VEGAS (July 2016) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces Ellen B. Knowlton has stepped down as chair of its Board of Directors. She will continue to serve on the Museum’s Advisory Council and will be formally recognized for her decade of service  to the Museum at the Las Vegas City Council Meeting, taking place this Wednesday, July 20. Jeffrey A. Silver, Esq., who previously served as vice chair of the Museum’s Board of Directors, has been named her successor.

Knowlton was asked to chair the Museum’s board by founding Board Member Oscar B. Goodman. About his selection, Goodman said, “As chair of The Mob Museum’s board, Ellen was exactly the right person in the right job at the right time. Asking her to assume that position was probably the greatest thing I’ve done (other than asking my wife to marry me).”

Under Knowlton’s leadership, the Museum achieved tremendous growth:

  • Convened its first meeting on June 19, 2007.
  • Hired its first employee in November 2010.
  • Opened in February 2012.
  • Staff has grown to more than 70 paid employees in total.
  • Approximately 170 active volunteers and 12,000 volunteer hours.
  • Nearly 1,500 Museum members in the community, as well as growing base of donors.
  • Since opening on February 14, 2012, the Museum has welcomed 1.2 million visitors from all 50 states and 36 countries around the world.

“Ellen’s leadership has been nothing short of extraordinary,” declared Ullman. “Under her direction, a small group of volunteers grew into a thriving organization and  a cultural centerpiece of Las Vegas. Words cannot express the depth of our appreciation for the many roles she has played throughout her tenure. For this, everyone at the Museum is forever grateful.”

Other leadership changes announced by the Museum include the addition of Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, as Board of Directors member. Pat Skorkowsky, superintendent of the Clark County School District, has been appointed to the Museum’s Advisory Council.

About Ellen B. Knowlton
Ellen B. Knowlton served as a special agent of the FBI for 24 years, culminating her career as the special agent in charge, Las Vegas Division, and retiring in 2006. She also served in New Orleans and Washington D.C., where she was responsible for hundreds of employees as well as investigative and administrative operations. She was involved in addressing sensitive personnel issues and crises situations following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While serving as assistant special agent in charge, Washington Field Office, she was responsible for counterintelligence investigations and operations and led delegations to the Middle East and Europe pertaining to terrorism and counterintelligence investigations. Knowlton also served as special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office and as Deputy Assistant Director/Acting Assistant Director of the National Security Division.

About Jeffrey A. Silver, Esq.
Jeffrey A. Silver served as a former Clark County chief deputy district attorney in the White Collar Crimes Division and was the resident member in charge of the Las Vegas office for the Nevada State Gaming Control Board during the state’s tumultuous period of developing regulatory oversight. He also has held top leadership positions at various resort hotels including Landmark Hotel & Casino, the Riviera Hotel & Casino and Caesars Palace. Silver has published journal articles, spoken at conferences and testified before the Nevada Legislature and U.S. Congressional sub-committees on gaming law matters. A long-time Nevadan, he is closely involved in community and civic affairs and was honored as one of Nevada’s pre-eminent gaming law practitioners by Wood & White’s Best Lawyers in America, Chamber USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Mountain States Super-Lawyers.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum.org or Twitter @TheMobMuseum.

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