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Frank (Curreri) Forza is a professional writer, editor, and communications consultant whose career spans 23 years and counting. The Baltimore native is a two-time TEDx speaker, world-class athlete, and award-winning journalist whose credits include FOX News, USAToday.com, CNN.com, MSNBC, Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Salt Lake Tribune, Court TV, CCTV (China), The Olympic Games, the he White House and numerous magazines.

Known as a free and innovative thinker, Frank has won 20+ awards from the Associated Press, Nevada Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists, etc. He has professionally interviewed north of 20,000 people, was one of the first 3,000 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts in the world, and is a three-time IBJJF Masters world champion.

The University of Maryland graduate also has consulted for prominent firms in industries such as sports, eSports. health and wellness, finance, FinTech, stock market investments, cybersecurity, blockchain technology, and construction engineering.

TESTIMONIALS

“An extremely hard worker, Frank asks great questions and possesses a genuine curiosity about the world that is singular among all the journalists and journalism students I have worked with.” — Edward Carter, Director, BYU School of Communications, graduate of Oxford University and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

“Really great read on Jake Ellenberger by Frank Curreri.” — Brett Okamoto, ESPN.com writer.

“Frank was a versatile and determined reporter during his time at the Review-Journal,” wrote Glenn Cook, the newspaper’s Executive Editor. “Covering breaking news and the police beat thrust him into many unimaginably uncomfortable situations. He handled such situations with calm and confidence. Frank thrives in competitive situations.”

“Whenever (Frank) arrived at a story, he would often win the day with a combination of hustle and sources; he can tell stories from the kind of angles that escape most reporters.” — John Huck, news anchor, FOX5 News-Las Vegas.

“I’ve known Frank for 15 years. He has a unique perspective on writing and the world,” said Matt O’Brien, former Nevada Journalist of the Year. “Having worked with him directly, I was struck by his original ideas. Frank is an exceptional and freethinking writer, editor and leader.”

“A brilliant guy and good soul.” — Mike Dolce, world-famous fitness trainer.

Frank’s versatile career includes:

  • 20+ professional journalism awards;
  • the distinction of having been among the first 3,000 people on earth to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ);
  • singing the national anthem in front of 14,000 + people;
  • giving two TEDx speeches;
  • and overcoming career- and life-threatening injuries to win three IBJJF Masters World Championships and be ranked No. 1 in the world.

Frank has teamed with brands such as Ultimate Fighting Championship, Arena Football League, Adidas (combat sports division), USAToday.com, The Salt Lake Tribune, Las Vegas Review-Journal, FOX5 News-Las Vegas, Project Engineering Consultants, Prime Trust Financial Technology Institution and Wasatch Advisors investment firm.

Frank is known for his powers of articulation, innovative wordplay, mega-resilience, and passionate teaching style; his media consulting and personal development clientele spans Beijing, Europe and North America.

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Frank sidesteps cookie-cutter and echo-chamber creativity and instead strives to produce captivating content and memorable slogans. He brings nearly a quarter-century of experience to generating distinguished art and ideas that are unique to each particular brand’s essence and ethos, with the ultimate aim of elevating brand awareness and giving each brand a stronger heartbeat. For instance, Frank coined the widely used phrases “Fighting is in Our DNA”, “The Hurt Biz” and “Crazy Til It’s True.” The first of those phrases remains widely used by UFC president Dana White; the second phrase became a movie title; and a strikingly similar phrase to Frank’s “Crazy Til It’s True” mantra and meme later became the central theme for a riveting international Nike promotion that might be the apparel giant’s best promotional campaign in at least the past decade.

Frank, four or five years old, pictured with his brother Tony and several other children who were raised by Cathlean and Thomas Boone on 20th Street and North Avenue, a nearly all-black section of inner city Baltimore.

A Philosopher is Born: Frank’s dynamic childhood years significantly shaped his ultra-driven mindset, habit of relentless self-analysis, and curiosity superpowers. He grew up on desperate streets of low-income Baltimore, right next to housing projects and dilapidated homes that had been boarded up and abandoned. Some refer to Frank’s hometown as “Harm City” and “The City of Anger” since year-after-year Baltimore records one of the nation’s highest rates of homicide. Violence abounded and Young Forza repeatedly bounced from home-to-home, sometimes living with various family members, sometimes with compassionate strangers. He was, in his own words and quite literally, “Built by Black People.” Raised in a predominantly black city, in a multi-racial family. Throughout the first 14 years of his life, most of Frank’s boyhood friends and father figures were black.

Like many inner city kids, Forza (to this day) never met his actual father.

Frankie, then 13 years old, posing with his brother Tony, cousin Bobby, and a father figure, Criszon Brown.
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Frank, an award-winning journalist for The Salt Lake Tribune, Las Vegas Review-Journal, FOX5 News-Las Vegas and other media outlets, scores a rare interview with Dr. David Watson for a video story that ran on the homepage of USAToday.com
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The seeds of Frank’s ferocious commitment to extreme inner truth and higher self were planted early on. At eight years old, he began writing poetry and song jingles. By his teenage years, a new realization and revelation started to take hold. With little money and few friends, the shy and skinny boy noticed at least two formidable weapons that he could carry with him at all times: WillPower and MindPower. Frank was not the fastest, nor the strongest, nor the smartest, but he intuitively anchored and chained his soul to a glorious belief: “I will be the hardest worker in any room. My extraordinary fighting spirit and vivid imagination are my tickets out. My relentless drive, my farmer’s work ethic and my burning desire are my passport to a better life. Exercising and expanding my mind is how I will stop feeling afraid and finally feel comfortable in my own skin.”


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Frank atop the podium at 2012 IBJJF No-Gi World Championships (Masters divisionj.
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Frank Forza picks up his second win at the IBJJF Pan American Games (Masters Division)
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One of the first 3,000 BJJ black belts in the world
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 Demonstrating a wrestling drill to dozens of top amateur fighters and coaches in Beijing, China. 
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North American Grappling Association: 3 matches later, atop the podium with my son
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Frank, age 46. He is all-natural and has made a conscious decision to not use steroids nor Human Growth Hormone (HGH). He has practiced and perfected weight loss and “weightcutting” after 32 years competing in the fight sports. He is passionate about healthy living, longevity and nutritional excellence, prompting teammates to nickname him “The Organic Tank.”
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Appearing on FOX News with Greta Van Susteren.

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As a reporter, covering the arrival of President George W. Bush’s visit to Vegas
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 As a competitor in an extremely grueling sport, ranked No. 1 in the world among Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts in the featherweight class, age 36+ (2013).      

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Gold at 2012 Worlds