Are you among the masses of hedge fund managers apparently flocking to south Florida for reasons of lifestyle or compulsion? Have you ever or are you considering some lucrative insider-trading to make the most of your new income-tax-free status? Are you interested in hearing about what might happen if you get caught, and are too lazy to just read this Vanity Fair profile? Well, take a trip on down to Coconut Grove and hear tell the tale of Joseph F. “Chip” Skowron.

Chip may not have lost his life in a literal sense, but the jarring loss of his fortune and freedom and the decisions leading to his prison sentence invited a reckoning that transformed his life…. Chip will be speaking on Friday, January 17 at 8am at Berries in the Grove, 2884 SW 27th Ave. Breakfast is served at 7am.

For those who don’t remember him, Skowron is the former hedge fund trader whose little insider-trading scheme helped bring down FrontPoint Partners and sent him to prison for five years. And do you know what? You might want to consider doing some insider-trading, because prison was the best damned thing that ever happened to ol’ Chip Skowron.

Despite the familiar comforts of his Greenwich home, Skowron found his old surroundings isolating. He often awoke in the morning thinking about prison—not from nightmares, but with pangs of longing…. “Even though things back home are in some ways returning to normal, I really feel most comfortable here—in prison.”

Oh, before you hop onto I-95 to hear about how Skowron kicked someone’s ass or became someone’s bitch on the first day, there’s something else you should probably know.

Chip entered Federal Prison in love with Jesus….

Don’t they all?

The New Canaan Society is a Christian men’s group that meets weekly on Fridays 7-9am at Berries in the Grove that is open to all men seeking to improve their lives by becoming better husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and business partners.

You know what? Maybe skip the trip, although we do hear the pancakes at Berries are divine.

Chip Skowron to speak on his journey from hedge fund manager to federal prison [Miami’s Community Newspapers]

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