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Hawaii to Massachusetts

teamstate4 In early 2016 ED Publications wanted to get an accurate snapshot of the current status of statewide adult club owner associations from coast to coast, so we hit the phones and emails. What follows here is a state-by-state breakdown on what is—and what isn’t—happening in each state as far as adult club owner associations go. 

     In most of these state listings we have included the names of clubs that have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO over the past four years. Our thought process is that by attending EXPO, the owners and personnel at those clubs have demonstrated an interest in our industry as a whole and would probably be the most receptive to starting an association in their state, or joining an existing association. In states where there is no association but there is a First Amendment attorney, we have taken the liberty of listing their contact info since they are most usually incommunication with numerous club owners in their state.
   When you read the listings, the comments in those listings are provided by the primary contact, who is either the Executive Director of that state chapter or one of the chapter officers. Also, in the text you will see numerous references to COAST (Club Operators Against Sex Trafficking) meetings, which are training sessions coordinated by ACE National and Department of Homeland Security (ICE) officials with statewide chapters to train club personnel on identifying and stopping sex trafficking.
 
Click the links below to find information on a particular state's association.
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thumb teamstate3HAWAII
No Association

EXPO: The ED Database lists eight adult clubs in Hawaii.

thumb teamstate3IDAHO
No Association

EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Miss Kim’s Place in Idaho Falls, and The Torch Lounge in Boise have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists seven adult clubs in Idaho.

thumb teamstate3ILLINOIS
Illinois Club Owners Association (ICOA)

Status: Active
Started: 2006
Meets: As needed.
Primary contact:
Mike Ocello—President
PT’s Showclubs, (618) 271-9420, mocello@vcgh.com
Advisory attorneys: Uses ACE National advisory attorneys.
# members: 12
Successes: In 2014, ICOA was able to lobby against and defeat a $5-per-head pole tax on adult nightclubs. They’ve also been able to defeat legislation aimed at limiting club signage.
Challenges: “Our goal with the ICOA, and with every ACE chapter I’m involved with, is simply have our clubs left alone so that we can successfully operate our businesses.” — Mike Ocello
EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Club 390 in Chicago Heights; PT’s Showclubs; Big Al’s and Kappa Kabanna in Peoria; Maximum and Nudes-A-Poppin in Chicago; Blackjacks in Elgin; First Amendment, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club,  and Deja Vu Showgirls in Washington Park; Atlantis in Aslip; and Allure and Scores Chicago in Stone Park; Penthouse Club in Sauget; Silver Bullet Urbana; Polekats in Bridgeview; Club O, VIPs and Industrial Strip in Chicago; Roxy’s in Brooklyn; and The Pony Club in East Cape Girardeau have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 64 adult clubs in Illinois.

thumb teamstate3INDIANA
ACE of Indiana (or Indianapolis)

Status: Active
Started: 2000
Meets: As needed
Primary contact:
Mike Webb—Executive Director
PT’s Showclub, Indianapolis; (317) 652-6324, mwebb@iecmgmt.com
Successes: In 2015, adult clubs in Indiana were faced with very harmful legislation that would have placed heavy restrictions on hours of operation, alcohol sales and much more. It was proposed because a state senator alleged the clubs of being in involved with and responsible for human trafficking. But thanks to the efforts of ACE of Indiana, their lobbyist and the COAST program, ACE representatives were able to meet with that senator and the legislation was dramatically changed for the clubs’ benefit.

thumb teamstate3IOWA
No Association

EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Playhouse in Council Bluffs; Daisy Dooks in Davenport; Lumberyard 2 in Cedar Rapids; Flirts in Waterloo; Beach Girls in West Des Moines; Minx Show Palace in Des Moines; and Big Earl’s in Des Moines have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 31 adult clubs in Iowa.

thumb teamstate3KANSAS
EEG: Equal Entertainment Group

Status: Active
Started: 2009
Primary contacts:
Phil Bradley, Lobbyist, (785) 766-7492, pbb@sunflower.com;
Board of Directors:
Joe Sorrentino, Allstars, (913) 961-1342, jmsorrentino4@gmail.com
Zac Snyder, Paradise Saloon, zsnyder@yahoo.com
Todd McChesney, The Flamingo, (785) 550-9153
Brad Freeman, Bonita Flats, (816) 560-3638, bradmalessa@yahoo.com
# members: 24
Dues: $2,000 per year, per club
EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Topeka Sports Cabaret have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 23 adult clubs in Kansas.
Suggested contacts: Club owner Joe Sorrentino of Allstars in Lawrence, (785) 841-4122, jmsorrentino@gmail.com

thumb teamstate3KENTUCKY
Kentucky Bluegrass Assoc. of Club Executives

Status: Active
Started: 2007
Meets: As needed
Primary contact:
Brian Franson—Executive Director
PT’s Showclub, Louisville; (502) 724-8023, bfranson@iecmgmt.com
Successes: COAST training has been very successful.  Some members sat with three NGO’s, FBI, and Homeland Security to identify markers of human trafficking. “KBACE is happy to be part of the solution for human trafficking and not part of the problem. It is a good feeling to be on the front line working with government organizations to help stop human trafficking.” — Franson
EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Spearmint Rhino in Prospect; Platinum Dolls and Cowboys Showgirls in Lexington; Foxy Lady, PT’s Showclub, and The Godfather in Louisville; Racers in Sparta; have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 30 adult clubs in Kentucky.

thumb teamstate3LOUISIANA
No Official Association

Status: “We work with the FQBL (French Quarter Business League). Rick’s, Penthouse and the Hustler Clubs have always maintained good relations over the years and we do what we can to keep unfavorable legislation away from our businesses. The Bass brothers (owners of the Babe’s clubs in New Orleans and New Jersey) and I have had a similar relationship. Years ago, operators started FQBL, so any and all Bourbon street business could be included in politics, charity and marketing, working as a whole to keep The French Quarter ‘funky.’ We have no ACE chapter in Louisiana, but several operators have worked together with the help of many others to keep Louisiana special. Over the years, we have had two COAST trainings, supported ACE National and follow the good-neighbor business plan. We have worked with many cities to create legislation on entertainment, smoking, sound and overall protection of our industry.” — Jason Mohney
EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, The Penthouse Club, Deja Vu, Rick’s Cabaret, Rick’s Sporting Saloon, Babes Cabaret NOLA, Little Darlings, Chez Joey, and Barely Legal in New Orleans; Michael’s Men’s Club in Broussard; Temptations in Sulphur; Deja Vu in Shreveport; Crazy Horse Cabaret in Denham Springs; Penthouse Club in Baton Rouge; Crazy Horse in Port Allen; Goose Country in Leesville; and the Fabulous Tip Top Club in Eureka have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 43 adult clubs in Louisiana.
Suggested contacts: Club owner Charles Bass of Babe’s Cabaret NOLA, (504) 552-2565, charles@baskiminc.com, and club owner Jason Mohney, Deja Vu, (310) 930-7413, cashmohney@yahoo.com

thumb teamstate3MAINE
No Association

EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from PT’s Showclub in Portland have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists four adult clubs in Maine.

thumb teamstate3MARYLAND
No Association

EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Fantasies in Crownsville; Scores, Gentleman’s Gold Club, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, and Fantasies in Baltimore; Cloakroom in Rockville; Millstream Inn in Bait; District Dolls in Germantown; and Showcase Theater in Beltsville have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 40 adult clubs in Maryland.
Suggested contacts: Publisher Matt McTeague with Xtreme Magazine at (860) 833-0438, matt@xtrememagazine.com

thumb teamstate3MASSACHUSETTS
No Association

EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Foxy Lady in Attleboro; Foxy Lady in Brockton; Centerfolds in Boston; Castaway Lounge in Whately; Club Alex’s in Stoughton; Hurricane Betty’s in Worcester; and Mardi Gras in Springfield and Agawam have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 28 adult clubs in Massachusetts.
Suggested contacts: Attorneys Ken Tatarian, (617) 261-6300, kenneth_tatarian@attglobal.net, and Thomas Lesser, (413) 584-7331, lesser@lnn-law.com