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(WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 3, 2010) Carlo V. di Florio, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Director of the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), was the keynote speaker at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) Public Policy Lecture Series on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.

NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq. introduced Mr. di Florio and praised the work of SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro concerning the ongoing debate over financial regulation and reform. He praised Mr. di Florio and Ms. Shapiro for their work at the SEC.

Carlo V. di Florio, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Director of the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE)
Mr. di Florio opened his address in Italian and spoke about his hard-working grandparents who emigrated from Italy’s region of Abruzzo to the U.S. to work on the railroads. He praised NIAF’s leadership for their proactive role in bringing public policy issues to the forefront and encouraging constructive dialogue. Mr. di Florio highlighted recent changes that the SEC’s Chairman is implementing – breaking down “silos” and facilitating teamwork. Additionally, Commissioner Shapiro is putting together a new leadership team with a separate division to examine emerging markets for future SEC programs. Mr. di Florio discussed changes the SEC is making to become more focused on its mission to identify fraud while working with other financial institutions. He noted that technology is critical to financial markets and that, accordingly, regulatory agencies need to have comparable technology to move forward. Mr. di Florio closed by comparing the principles learned from our grandparents – fairness, trust, integrity and transparency – as the same principles that need to be at the center of regulatory reform.

At the luncheon, Mr. di Florio was joined by NIAF’s leadership including Salvatore M. Salibello, executive vice president, Michael A. Zampardi, regional vice president in New York, Paolo Catalfamo, regional vice president for Italy, board members Linda R. Carlozzi, Esq., Gerard S. LaRocca, Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimo, Hon. Frank J. Guarini, chairman emeritus and Salvatore J. Zizza, board emeritus. From the New York area, the Foundation’s council members, area coordinators, prominent business executives and Italian American community leaders attended the series.

NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq., Carlo V. di Florio,U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Director of the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE),and Michael A. Zampardi, NIAF regional vice president in New York
Updating the guests about the Foundation’s upcoming events, Zampardi spoke about NIAF’s business roundtable on June 8, 2010 in Rome, Italy that will focus on financial and regulatory reform and topics related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He highlighted NIAF’s Night In New York on May 26, 2010 and the Foundation’s Anniversary Gala Convention Weekend, October 22-23, 2010. He thanked Vincent Viola, a NIAF vice chairman and the Viola family for their gracious support of the NIAF Public Policy Lecture Series.

NIAF is an independent, non-partisan, non-sectarian, not-for profit foundation dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Remarks made during NIAF Public Policy Lectures represent the view of the speaker and are not endorsed by The Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation’s programs, visit

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