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In his intimate diary, Jerome Mayne personally shares his life-saving lessons of ethics, morality, trust, and humility, with wit and passion. He was an aspiring finance professional on his way to the top. With his new family and his sights set for success, the world was his oyster. Lured by the prospect of big business, his career derailed when he joined forces with his future co-conspirators in a real estate finance scandal.
The nightmare begins with a hurricane of FBI investigations, criminal court, and prison. His journey twists and turns through the psychological collapse of prison, cancer, and addiction. Through it all, one woman's undying devotion helps him climb back from the hollow existence of defeat and self-pity, to a new life of integrity, trust, and self confidence.
This audiobook is a real lesson in corporate ethics and a story of overcoming adversity with self-persistence and the love and devotion of others.
Jerome Mayne hails from a small Catholic farming community in East Central Minnesota. Other than finishing high school 1985, he hasn't really completed much else. At one point, he secured a 21-month prison sentence and didn't even finish that.
Since high school, he had a kid, got married, had another kid, got divorced, went to prison, got out, had another kid, and then got married again. Somewhere in the middle of all of that he entered the world of real estate finance. A few years after electing himself CEO of the two companies he founded, the wheels came off and he fell to the bottom of society. He was arrested for his involvement in a white-collar conspiracy that stemmed from his entrepreneurial climb.
Adversity, some self-imposed and some not, has trailed him throughout much of his life. Surviving cancer while in prison was probably the most challenging. Needless to say, he has a few stories to tell. He has written one of them down and calls it Diary of a White Collar Criminal.
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Every finance employee should listen to this book.
I read this book shortly after the Wells Fargo scandal involving the illegal opening of MILLIONS of fake bank accounts by employees (September 2016). And now the audiobook is out, and listening to Mr. Mayne's well-spoken and heartfelt account in his own voice adds to the experience.
My thought through the entire book was "Every single employee at every single financial institution should be required to read this book." It tells the tale -- yes, literally in diary form -- of Mr. Mayne's personal experience of mortgage business impropriety, the trial process, two-year incarceration, and ultimately freedom. (As well as an epilogue describing his speaking career of helping others in business explore ethical questions -- and avoid his fate.) Written in a very straightforward style, the book makes it easy to put yourself in his everyman shoes, and ask questions like "What would I do in this situation?" and "Could this really happen to regular people like me?"
And surprisingly, it also offers a genuine kind of hope -- that though the world can most definitely throw the book at you, perhaps unfairly, life goes on, and as long as we learn from our trials, use those trials as fuel for doing something positive, we give our lives meaning and hope.
Finally, I applaud Mr. Mayne for sharing such a humbling story, and doing his part to make the world a better place. Bravo, Mr. Mayne.