LAS VEGAS (April 2018) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has named additional members to its Advisory Council and announces its first Advisory Council Annual Meeting, to be held on April 25, with related activities and public programming continuing through April 28. Established to assist the organization in advancing the public understanding of organized crime’s history and impact on society, the Advisory Council is chaired by Museum Founding Board of Directors Chairwoman Ellen B. Knowlton and co-chaired by former Board Member Amy Ayoub.
The Advisory Council membership roster spans the globe, including 54 individuals with expertise in a variety of relevant disciplines, including law enforcement, journalism, academia and the criminal justice system, as well as an array of business sectors. Advisory Council members serve as organizational advocates, collectively contributing to the growth of the Museum through the development of new exhibits and programs and creating more effective ways of promoting and delivering these experiences to the public. The Mob Museum’s Advisory Council was created to provide support and guidance but does not hold any fiduciary responsibilities. The governance of the Museum continues to reside under a well-established and respected Board of Directors.
Recent additions to the Advisory Council include Chelle Adams, chief financial officer, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Peter D. Barton, administrator, Nevada Division of Museums and History; Howard Blank, chief philanthropic officer and strategic adviser, Victory Square Technologies; Miguel Hernandez, curator and artist, Zappos.com; MJ Maynard, deputy general manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada; Greg McCurdy, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (retired); Randy McLaughlin, director of crime scene investigations, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Michael Sloan, senior vice president of government relations, Fertitta Entertainment; and Michael Spinetti, owner, Spinettis Gaming Supplies. The full roster of members may be found here.
Several non-local members of the Museum’s Advisory Council will be in Las Vegas beginning April 25, where they will join Southern Nevada-based members for a first-ever Advisory Council Annual Meeting. This event will provide an opportunity for them to convene and address topics related to the ongoing success of the Museum.
As an extension of the Advisory Council’s Annual Meeting, the Museum will present several public events, including:
Illegal Drugs, Violence and Addiction: In Search of Solutions, a Courtroom Conversation, Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. Advisory Council Members Sylvia Longmire, an international drug trafficking expert, and Ioan Grillo, a journalist and Mexico City correspondent, will join Las Vegas-based Drug Enforcement Agency special agent Dan Neill and Patrick Brodsky, assistant special agent in charge, Las Vegas Field Office of the FBI for this panel discussion examining the global and local impact of the drug trade with an eye on Las Vegas. Panelists will share firsthand experiences and long-term studies on drug trafficking and the opioid crisis in the United States and around the world. This program costs $25; special discounts are available for Museum Members.
Mob Talks: Telling True Stories about the Mob, Friday, April 27, 7 p.m.: Everybody loves a good story — but a good Mob story is even better. A veteran journalist, an ex-mobster and an author or books on organized crime will gather in the Museum’s The Underground, including a working distillery and speakeasy, for an evening of drinks, laughs and stories that are guaranteed to shed light in the dark corners of organized crime. Participants include Gus Russo, veteran investigative reporter and author of several books on the Mob; Michael Franzese, former New York mobster with the Colombo crime family, and Scott M. Deitche author of books and articles on organized crime from Florida to New Jersey to Havana. Deitche also will share tips on good Mob cocktails from his book, Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets. This program costs $25; special discounts are available for Museum Members.
Wiseguy Speaker: When the Cuban Mob Met the Mafia – T.J. English’s “The Corporation,” Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m. T.J. English, America’s top chronicler of organized crime, will discuss his latest book. It tells the epic story of the Cuban-American underworld, centered on the rise and fall of Jose Miguel “El Padrino” Battle, the Havana vice cop turned numbers racket boss whose violent empire stretched from Cuba to New York, New Jersey and Miami. This program is FREE with general admission and for Museum Members.
For more information about the Museum’s public programs, click here or call (702) 229-2734.
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 hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a working speakeasy and distillery and sponsored by Zappos. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” 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, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. General admission is $26.95 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 or Twitter @themobmuseum.