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Larry Gentile III
Society of the Millennium member Larry Gentile took classes at the CIA's campus last October, and also took time to talk to Chef Corky Clark's seafood class about his experience in the seafood restaurant business.
Larry Gentile III was a labor relations lawyer; a prosecutor of New York City murder cases; an assistant United States Attorney in Jacksonville, FL; and a special district attorney under Janet Reno prosecuting non-resident alien murder cases in the State Circuit Courts in Miami-before he became a restaurateur, a career move that brought him to the CIA for his first continuing education class in 1996.
Now his resume boasts a 2003 CIA CE certificate-in addition to degrees from The Citadel, University of Florida College of Law, and New York University Graduate Law School.
His experience at and love for the CIA inspired Larry to put the CIA in his estate plans, making him a member of The Society of the Millennium. "In 2003, I was here for 14 weeks. It was vigorous program." Larry stayed in Angell Hall and become part of campus life. "I had breakfast at 6:30 a.m., class at 7 a.m." In the afternoons, he audited Chef Corky Clark's classes, forming a lasting bond with the CIA seafood instructor. At night, Larry worked out at the CIA gym. At a recent visit to campus, he was amazed at gym's growth and intends for his estate gift to further benefit the fitness center.
Larry's career change came in the late 1980s. "I decided to follow my passion. I bought into a chain with several other people." The venture didn't thrive. "We were all successful in what we did, but we didn't know the restaurant business." Larry learned from both mistakes and successes, though, and in 1994 launched Larry's Cedar River Seafood of Orlando, a 200-seat restaurant and clam bar, which he ran through 2002 when the property lease expired. He is currently looking for the right location to get back into business.
He also maintains a pro-bono legal practice. "I am now focusing on one case, a fellow who has been in prison 10 years." Larry is advocating to shorten his client's sentence. Ironically, the client is a former employee. "I was a prosecutor working homicide, and I put some serious people away," said Larry. "But part of the reason for prison is rehabilitation-a change of minds and attitudes. I believe in second chances."
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