About Bob Arno
What do MasterCard, Infosys, Bank of America, Ikea, Blue Cross, and AARP have in common? They’ve all had their pockets picked by Bob Arno, con artist of the conference trade. Bob provokes extraordinary audience reaction, and is that rare presenter who galvanizes any given group with human drama, invaluable advice, and comic relief.
If it takes a thief to know a thief, and you want to know the latest trends in corporate and personal security, then keynote speaker Bob Arno is the perfect choice for your next conference. Lean, lanky and a little larcenous, this infotainer is also provocative, intelligent, thrilling, edgy, and very, very entertaining. Highlight is a word liberally applied to him by his corporate clients.
Bob Arno’s upbeat talks teach awareness and the importance of observation as a strategy to gain the competitive advantage in business relationships. Tactical observation skills lifted from the street are useful in the boardroom and business lunch. Illustrated with demos, brought to life with video, and peppered with humor and anecdotes, Bob Arno’s upbeat talks teach awareness and the importance of observation as a strategy to gain the competitive advantage in business relationships.
Bob is a speaker, entertainer, author, and special lecturer to law enforcement agencies. He has been profiled or quoted on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, ABC’s 20/20, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, Discovery, Court TV, in The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, Kiplinger’s, National Geographic Traveler, Law and Order, and others. He has lectured for the Police Departments of Chicago, San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas, Detroit, Honolulu, Anaheim, and many abroad; for the California Tourism Safety & Security Conference, the International Tourism Safety and Security Conference, and many others; for Kroll & Associates, RSA Security Conference and Expo, and more. He taught an accredited course at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy.
As a comedy pickpocket performer, his career spans thirty years of success on four continents. He delivers some of the longest sustained laughter in corporate show business–guaranteed hysteria. Yes, Bob is “LOL” funny, but he also delivers a gripping reality. His presentations are thought-provoking, timely, and deeply absorbing.
Bob’s show-and-tell keynote presentation, Secrets of the Steal Business, is a powerful corporate edutainment experience, regularly praised as “fascinating,” “educational,” and “invaluable.”
The Art of the Steal
Interactive comedy pickpocket stage show blends hilarity and reality. High-impact, high-comedy, audience participation, ideally 55 minutes long. Bob excels at ice-breaking multinational audiences, and is a powerful closer at gala awards dinners. In the middle of the show, he projects a few minutes of his own footage of real street thieves in action. Audiences always find the video fascinating, and Bob follows it with a comedy spoof. With smart, timely, useful content, audiences learn through their tears of laughter. Different, powerful, side-splitting.
Identity Theft in the Internet Age
Bob Arno is an international street-crime and diversion theft authority. He scouts the world’s major cities to track and film con artists and scamsters in action. His extraordinary footage, frequently used on news- and talk-shows, is a highlight of his presentations. It reveals creative ruses, brazen thefts, secret MOs, and techniques in identity theft never before documented. Many hours of interrogation of thieves have given Bob a unique insight into the mind and manners of identity thieves and their latest tricks-of-the-trade. Bob stresses the importance of simple and serious steps to reduce exposure and risk of ID theft.
“Your skillful presentation, presented to over 300 Law Enforcement, Hotel Security, and Surveillance Investigators, provided a unique training experience we will use to ensure Las Vegas remains one of the safest tourist destinations in the world.”
– Captain T. Mayo, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Financial/Property Crimes
“Your lecture was interesting, captivating and as always, instructive. My colleagues talked about it for days after.”
– Anders Fohgelberg, Criminal Detective, Citydistrict, Stockholm, Sweden
“Laughter tore through the audience as you thoroughly entertained everyone during your performance. Your show was executed with the highest level of professionalism. You managed to entertain and not alienate any audience member, which is especially difficult when dealing with a diverse geographical and cultural audience such as ours . Superb. Thank you so much.”
– Petra de Goede, Project Leader IRB, Philips International
“An unbelievable finale to our conference. 100% standing ovation and all left with smiles on their faces, and hands on their wallets! This was a hugely successful event! Thanks!”
– David J. Avritt, CEO, SentryNet
“Your performance was extremely entertaining and we have been receiving great reviews even weeks after the event. Thanks for the great entertainment.”
– Sapna Prakash, JPMorgan Chase Bank