READING, Pa. — Former mob boss Michael Franzese will speak about his life in organized crime at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium at Penn State Berks. The event is free and open to the public.
Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family. He made his own mark, generating an estimated $5 million to $8 million per week from legal and illegal businesses. In 1986, Vanity Fair named Franzese one of the biggest money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone. At the age of 35, Fortune Magazine listed him as No. 18 on its list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses.”
Despite his success, he wanted to make a change and today he is the only high-ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custody, and survive. Determined to use the compelling experiences of his former life for the benefit of anyone seeking the inspiration to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives, he has become a highly regarded motivational speaker and a source of invaluable information.
He speaks about how he engaged bankers, corporate executives, union officials, and professional and student athletes in a wide variety of financial scams. His open and honest true stories of his personal experiences in organized crime captivate audiences.
Penn State Berks reserves the right to limit the photography and/or recording of any program. The permitted or prohibited activities during a particular program will be announced at the beginning of the event and/or included in the printed program. All media requesting interviews and/or access to photograph and/or tape any program must contact the Berks Office of Strategic Communications at 610-396-6053.
This event is sponsored by the Penn State Berks Arts and Lecture Series. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.