The Summit: The Mob in Las Vegas

The Summit: The Mob in Las Vegas

Date: September 21, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Oscar B. Goodman Room
Cost: Regular price $225. Member price $180 (20% off).

Join us for a one-day conference that centers on the Mob’s four-decade-long reign in Las Vegas. Engage in conversations with historians, journalists, agents, regulators and others on the Mob’s arrival in Las Vegas, its control of the Strip and its eventual dislodging from the casino industry. Dig deep into subject matter involving mobsters such as Meyer Lansky, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Tony Spilotro.

Breakfast, lunch, a tour of The Mob Museum’s distillery, after-hours discounts in the speakeasy and a gift bag are all included.

Featured Speakers

John L. Smith  

John L. Smith


John L. Smith is a longtime Las Vegas journalist and author of more than a dozen books on Nevada subjects, including Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn and Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman’s Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas. The Nevada Press Association inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2016. That same year, Northwestern University awarded him the James Foley-Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism and he also received the National Society of Professional Journalists Ethics in Journalism Award and the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics from the University of Oregon. Smith’s biography of Las Vegas civil rights activist and politician Joe Neal is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2019. As a freelance writer, his work regularly appears in the Nevada Independent and CDC Gaming Reports, and he contributes commentary for Nevada Public Radio.

Herm Groman  

Herm Groman


Author Herman Groman, is a retired FBI Special Agent and former director of security at a large Las Vegas hotel/casino.  While in the FBI, he specialized in deep, long-term undercover operations as an undercover operative in the areas of organized crime and narcotics.  Herman also served as the agent in charge of several high-profile public corruption investigations.  Later, he worked as a team leader of an FBI Special Operations Group that conducted surveillances of major terrorist cells and their associates throughout the United States.

Prior to his extensive FBI experience, Herman served in the infantry in Vietnam.  He was awarded both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for valor.

He resides in Las Vegas with his wife.  They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

His first novel Pigeon Spring, a Nevada thriller mystery, was released in the summer of 2010 and is selling all over the U.S, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

He is writing his second action packed Nevada based novel, Yucca Pointe, which will be published by Total Recall Publishing.

He can be contacted on line at his website www.hermangroman.com.

Jeff Burbank  

Jeff Burbank


Jeff Burbank is content development specialist for The Mob Museum. He is the author of four books, including Las Vegas Babylon: True Tales of Glitter, Glamour, and Greed, License to Steal: Nevada’s Gaming Control System in the Megaresort AgeandLost Las Vegas