Press Release

LEGENDARY SPEAKERS, HISTORIC SCAVENGER HUNTS, FLEXIBLE MEETINGS PACKAGES AWAIT GUESTS AT THE MOB MUSEUM IN LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (February 2015) – Looking for a meeting venue and program guaranteed to satisfy your whole syndicate? The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, offers not only a setting that’s the bee’s knees, but also a roster of stand-up speakers—each with an insider’s perspective on riveting topics appealing to any planner, as well as unique activities matched by no other Las Vegas venue. In addition, a collection of new group packages includes Sleeping with the Mob, a first-ever overnight experience available at the Museum.

This spring the Museum launches its Speakers Bureau, featuring members of the Museum’s illustrious board of directors which includes professionals from local and state government, law enforcement, the judicial system, media and the business community. Former Mayor of the City of Las Vegas Oscar B. Goodman, the visionary behind the creation of the Museum, represents one of the colorful individuals available to speak at the historic venue. He famously made a name for himself while serving as legal counsel for reputed mobsters such as Meyer Lansky, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Anthony Spilotro, among others.

Other available speakers include:

  • Amy Ayoub, president, Moving People to Action: This daughter of an alleged Las Vegas Mob associate was the first woman appointed to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (the boxing commission). Ayoub is available to speak about growing up in Las Vegas, political fundraising and the battle against sex trafficking in Las Vegas.
  • Dr. Jack Brown, expert in nonverbal communication, physician: Dr. Brown coaches, speaks and trains in the field of body language. He is able discuss the interpretation of body language in the many nuanced contexts of professional and personal life including jury selection, negotiations, sales training, threat assessment and personal safety, crisis management, political consulting, projecting confidence, criminal profiling, rapport building, speech coaching, media training, dating and romance and lie detection. Dr. Brown’s expertise has been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and National Public Radio.
  • Paul Camacho, special agent in charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation: Over the course of his career in IRS CI, Camacho oversaw a number of sophisticated financial investigations involving offshore abusive tax schemes, high-dollar Ponzi and investment fraud, wide-scale internet fraud, military contract fraud, mortgage fraud, organized crime groups, narcotics money laundering, and political corruption. Among the many topics he is available to address are the Kefauver Hearings, Al Capone, the T-Men, the Lindbergh kidnapping, major Prohibition-Era gangsters, Federal law enforcement, government leadership, why character matters and J. Edgar Hoover vs. Elmer Irey – a tale of two leaders.
  • Jack Garcia, retired undercover FBI agent: Garcia is renowned for being instrumental in bringing down the infamous Gambino family and is available to discuss this experience and others accumulated during his career.
  • James F. (Jim) Germain, tourism consultant: Germain is a Las Vegas native, a member of a pioneer Las Vegas family and has decades of experience marketing the resort industry. A past CEO of USA Hosts, Germain also served as a Hospitality Management Instructor at UNLV. He is available to speak about growing up in Las Vegas and the special events industry.
  • Michael Green, Ph.D., associate professor of history, University of Nevada, Las Vegas: One of Southern Nevada’s most respected historians, Green is former editor of The Valley Times, a freelance journalist and author of nine books about the history of not only Las Vegas and Nevada, but also broader topics in American history. He is available to speak about the Mob, the media and the history of Las Vegas, Nevada and the United States.
  • Kara J. Kelley, president, The Kelley Company: Kelley is former CEO of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce who now heads a firm specializing in branding, business strategy and organizational development. She is available to speak about growing up in Las Vegas, leadership and non-profit governance.
  • John H. Mowbray, Esq., managing director, Fennemore Craig P.C.: As a native Las Vegan (b. 1951) and second-generation lawyer who served as president of both the Clark County Bar Association and the State Bar of Nevada, Mowbray is available to speak about the history of Las Vegas and the legal community from 1950 to the present day.
  • Nancy Rapoport, Gordon Silver Professor, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV: Rapoport has a distinguished academic career, having served most recently as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center prior to arriving at UNLV. Her specialties are bankruptcy ethics, ethics in governance and the depiction of lawyers in popular culture. She is available to speak about ethics as well as incentives and their effect on behavior.
  • Geoff Schumacher, director of content development, The Mob Museum: Schumacher joined the Museum following a 25-year career in journalism. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Schumacher started his career at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a reporter, editorial writer and city editor over a 10-year period. Schumacher is the author of two books, Sun, Sin & Suburbia: A History of Modern Las Vegas and Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue. He served as editor of Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State, the official book commemorating the state’s sesquicentennial.
  • Jeffrey A. Silver, , shareholder and chairman, gaming and administrative law department, Gordon Silver: Silver is a past Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney in the White Collar Crimes Division, where he served as 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. Silver is available to speak about gaming regulation, gaming crimes and casino marketing.
  • Jonathan Ullman, executive director, The Mob Museum: Prior to joining The Mob Museum, Ullman spent more than 17 years in a variety of management and leadership roles within the nonprofit museum industry. Most recently, he was the president and COO at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Ullman’s museum career began at Liberty Science Center, where he was intimately involved in the Center’s opening in 1993. There, he served in numerous capacities, with responsibilities ranging from intensive staff and program oversight to strategic planning and external relations. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers College and a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers Business School, Ullman is a graduating member of the FBI Citizens’ Academy as well as LV Metro Police Department Citizens’ Academy.

For groups seeking team-building activities or simply to be active and entertained as part of the company gathering, Museum Scavenger Hunts provide an intriguing solution. Participants will scour the Museum’s three floors of exhibits to be the first to discover answers to provocative questions about history of the ongoing battle between organized crime and law enforcement. The Mob Museum’s sales team can custom-design a scavenger hunt to meet the needs of any group.

Sample questions include:

  • The electric chair on the third floor is a replica of the one from which prison?
  • “If you people wouldn’t have drunk it, I wouldn’t have bootlegged it.” Who said it?
  • Who is the canary that can sing, but not fly?

Company event planners love the scavenger hunt option at the Museum. Says Jessica Blackburn, assistant buyer, Zappos: “Employees got to know co-workers they might not normally interact with. It was an enjoyable way to get to learn about the fascinating history of the Mob and have fun at the same. Plus, the Museum setting makes it especially memorable. After all, it’s not something you can do just anywhere.”

The Mob Museum offers flexible space and can accommodate group events from 10 to 400. Packages start at $1,000 for a four-hour meeting for 30 guests in the Oscar B. Goodman room, with access to Museum exhibits for all guests. Many more packages are available and include:

  • Sleeping with the Mob: This overnight package begins at 8 p.m. with appetizers and cocktails and concludes at 9 a.m. the next day with continental breakfast. In between, guests will enjoy a courtroom screening of “Casino,” a midnight Museum Scavenger Hunt, a courtroom slumber party for up to 50 guests and a group lineup photo.
  • Taking Care of Business: Eight-hour meeting in the Oscar B. Goodman Room for up to 40 guests, branded notepads and pens, Museum Scavenger Hunt experience, kick-off speech on leadership, lineup group photo.
  • The “Meet”: Three-hour meeting in the Museum’s historic courtroom for up to 100 guests, kickoff speech on leadership, access to exhibits, lineup group photo, basic A/V package.
  • The “Sit Down”: Full Museum buyout, kickoff 30-minute speech by Oscar B. Goodman, exclusive access to all exhibits, lineup group photo, customization of box office screens of flip-dot wall, enhanced exterior lighting or enhanced courtroom lighting, use of Museum’s social kiosk.

For more information about booking an event at The Mob Museum, please call the sales department at (702) 724-8622 or email  nnormile@themobmuseum.org.