A leader in the specialty events industry, Jason Altzman is the managing principal of Aero Marketing Group. In his free time, Jason Altzman enjoys reading the works of Ben Mezrich.
Ben Mezrich is the author of New York Times best-selling books Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal. The former sold over two million copies in 15 languages, and the latter was adapted to the screen for the hit movie The Social Network.
A graduate of Harvard, Ben Mezrich has been writing for 19 years and has authored a total of 18 books. Known for his nonfiction works, he often focuses on geniuses who have become extraordinarily wealthy, sometimes at the expense of their sense of ethics or morality. As a result of Mezrich’s addictive writing style, he recently made Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors, ranking number 17 on the list.
Author Ben Mezrich
A seasoned B2B communications and marketing professional, Jason Altzman has served as managing principal of the Aero Marketing Group since 2004. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, this organization promotes a range of specialty events and promotional initiatives in the automotive and motorsports arenas. When he isn’t working, Jason Altzman is an avid reader who particularly enjoys the works of bestselling author Ben Mezrich.
Over the course of his career, Ben Mezrich has written 15 books, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House, the true story of six MIT students who won millions of dollars gambling on blackjack in Las Vegas. This book spent 63 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and sold more than 2 million copies in 15 different languages.
Ben Mezrich is also the author of The Accidental Billionaires, a 2009 national bestseller that Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin subsequently adapted into the critically acclaimed film The Social Network. Mr. Mezrich’s latest work is Once Upon a Time in Russia, a true story of “obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal” that centers on a group of billionaire Russian oligarchs.
A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Jason Altzman is a managing principal at Aero Marketing Group (AMG), a promotional agency that provides lifestyle experiences related to the automotive and motorsport arenas. During his free time, Jason Altzman enjoys reading books written by Ben Mezrich.
Ben Mezrich is a bestselling author who pioneered a new subgenre of nonfiction which involves the young geniuses who straddle business impossibilities and ethics in their journey towards becoming financially successful. In a career that spans nearly 20 years, Mezrich has written sixteen books with over 4 million copies sold worldwide.
However, before his career took off, Mezrich was just another struggling author who was using credit cards to pay his rent. His life changed when he happened to meet several MIT students one night at an Irish pub in Boston. These MIT students turned out to be members of the MIT blackjack team, and they had a sophisticated method of counting cards that enabled them to consistently beat the dealer in games of blackjack. Their story interested Mezrich, who thought that this true story was better than any fiction he could come up with.
Mezrich eventually published a book about these blackjack players called “Bringing Down the House,” which was later adapted into the 2008 film “21.” After the success of 21, Mezrich also had the opportunity to meet Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder. The story he later wrote about the beginnings of Facebook, published as “The Accidental Billionaires,” was later adapted into the film “The Social Network,” which was a critical and financial success.