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Michigan to New York

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 teamstate3MICHIGAN
ACE of Michigan & ACE Detroit Efforts

Status: Active
Started: 1999; ACE of Michigan was the very first ACE state association.
Meets: Approximately once a month at various locations.
Primary contact:
Larry Kaplan—Executive Director
(313) 815-3311, acemichigan@gmail.com
Advisory attorneys: Brad Shafer, Matt Hoffer, J. Michael Murray, Dave Draper, and Seth Tompkins
# members: 23 member clubs plus association-partner the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) and several vendor-partners who bring innovation and value-added discounts to members while providing support to ACE of Michigan.
Dues: Clubs outside of Detroit: $200 per month or $2,400 annually. Detroit clubs: $300 per month or $3,600 annually.
Successes: Since its formation in 1999, ACE of Michigan has protected Michigan’s adult nightclubs against no less than 40 different state and local legislative and liquor board measures including 10 major industry-killing challenges. These threats include: pole taxes, employment status mandates, anti-nudity measures, 6-foot buffer zones, 10 p.m. and midnight closures, bans on liquor, touching and tipping, anti-mingling between entertainers and customers, club license forfeiture after two misdemeanors, mandatory jail time for no dance license, criminal disability, nuisance abatement, criminal liability for management, and liquor board policy changes.
Challenges: For ACE Detroit: ACE Detroit is working to change a climate where frequent enforcement of largely minor offenses at responsible clubs often leads to large liquor board fines and possible shutdowns, while clubs that are the city’s worst chronic offenders of far more serious violations are largely left alone.
For ACE of Michigan: In coordination with advisory attorneys Brad Shafer and Matt Hoffer, our nine Déjà Vu and Hustler member clubs and their corporate staff and lobbyist, who have since 1999 been loyal, dedicated and tireless supporters of Michigan ACE, and our strong partner-association, the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA), Michigan ACE is working to moderate an anti-nudity bill, stop a resuscitated topless activity permit and rebuff yet another effort to pass a pole tax. ACE of Michigan will also embark on a new round of COAST anti-trafficking workshops for our workers across the state this year with DHS Homeland Security Investigations, with whom ACE of Michigan has a long, positive relationship.
Membership recruitment remains a high priority. Our efforts in this direction include more regular meetings with topical speakers and bringing more immediate, tangible value to members. We hope the New Year will bring added support from ACE National and ED Publications.
EXPO:  ACE of Michigan through its meetings, emails and phone calls has actively encouraged its members to attend the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. And in the case of first-time attendees and those that haven’t attended recently, we have contacted ED Publications to secure incentive discounts each year. Numerous Michigan adult club owners and personnel attend the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO each year. The ED Database lists 74 adult clubs in Michigan. 

thumb teamstate3MINNESOTA
No Association

EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Rick’s Cabaret, Downtown Cabaret and Seville Club in Minneapolis; Fat Jack’s Cabaret in Bock; and King of Diamonds in Inver Grove Heights have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 21 adult clubs in Minnesota.

thumb teamstate3MISSISSIPPI
No Association

Report: John Harrison, GM at Babe’s Gentlemen’s Club in Jackson, who attended EXPO 2015, reports that several years back the city of Jackson passed an ordinance requiring adult club owners and entertainers to get licenses. He said there have been no other problems with the city or the state in terms of restrictive legislation.
EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel Babes Gentlemen’s Club in Jackson, and The Pony Club in Starksville have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 11 adult clubs in Mississippi.

thumb teamstate3MISSOURI
No Association

Report: The Missouri ACE chapter is no longer in operation, according to former chapter VP Dick Snow of Bazooka’s Showgirls in Kansas City. Snow said the Community Defense Act passed by the state with a litany of business-destroying rules limiting contact between entertainers and patrons, no nudity, etc. have left club owners reeling in that state. “The dancers pretty much have to be dressed in street clothes now,” says Snow. Joe Spinola of Shady Lady in Kansas City was the past chapter president, and the association even had an executive director at one time. Adds ACE National Executive Director Angelina Spencer, “This is the same state that wants to enact a bill saying that sex with a lobbyist needs to be reported as a gift. The club industry fought one hell of a battle there years ago; now the places just try to survive.”
EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Bazooka’s Showgirls and Temptations in Kansas City; Toy Chest in Allen Park; have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 22 adult clubs in Missouri.
Suggested contacts: Club owner Dick Snow, (816) 421-1915, bazookasshowgirls@gmail.com, and FALA attorney Richard Bryant, (816) 221-9000

thumb teamstate3MONTANA
ACE Montana

Status: Active
Meets: Not a formal association. Primary contacts Bruce Fowler and Jo Krieg meet only if the Legislature is trying to pass a bill that will negatively impact the clubs. The Legislature meets once every two years.
Primary contacts:
Bruce Fowler, Fox Club Cabaret, Missoula
 (406) 721-1492, fowlermso@aol.com
Jo Krieg, Fred’s Lounge, Missoula
(406) 728-9763, jolouise@fredslounge.com
Advisory attorneys: Brad Shafer, John Weston, J. Michael Murray
# members: Fowler and Krieg.
Dues: None
Successes: In 2004 the Legislature pushed for a bill that would not allow nude dancing in an establishment that serves alcohol. ACE Montana fought that bill and won. Establishments that serve alcohol must not be near schools or churches; juice bars with nude dancing had no such restrictions. The State does not regulate much on adult, but does regulate alcohol sales. In Montana the club can choose if they want to have dancers as employees or independent contractors. The state is only concerned about workplace injuries.
EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Fox Club Cabaret and Fred’s Lounge in Missoula; Gold Club in Whitefish; Riverside Inn in Glendive; and Harley’s in Mattawan have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED database lists eight adult clubs in Montana.

thumb teamstate3NEBRASKA
No Association

EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Shakers in Lincoln and Jammers Roadhouse in Kearney have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists six adult clubs in Nebraska.

thumb teamstate3NEVADA
ACE of Nevada

Status: The chapter is not active, but the corporation has been kept in good standing.
Meets: There are about 35 clubs in the state of Nevada. Our last meeting was four years ago with about seven clubs represented. We did have a COAST meeting three years ago where 150 attendees were trained.
Primary contact:
Cherie Lee Williams—Executive Director
(702) 386-1756 Ext. 403, CherieLeeWilliams@earthlink.net
Advisory attorneys: Clyde DeWitt
Successes: We came to agreement on the taxi fee issue a few years ago. We’ve also faced an entertainment tax and an “dancer employee” issue. At the moment, we did see successful passage of a standardized definition of Independent Contractor late 2015.
EXPO: In recent years, owners and club personnel from Sapphires, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, Deja Vu, Little Darlings, Crazy Horse II, Risque, Spearmint Rhino, Treasures, The Horse, Club Paradise, Club Skin, Palomino Club, and Cheetahs in Las Vegas have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 42 adult clubs in Nevada.
re: ACE National: It’s a lot of work to make the rounds of clubs out here, but I’ve done so many times. Just as a club needs the support of its patrons to see advancement, so too does a state chapter. ACE National and Angelina Spencer help us wherever they can; it’s the local support we need. You get out of your state chapter what you put into it and it’s only as powerful as the people who make a choice to lead it.

thumb teamstate3NEW HAMPSHIRE
No Association

EXPO: The ED Database lists one adult club in New Hampshire.

thumb teamstate3NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Adult Cabaret Association (NJCA)

Active: Yes
Started: 2005
Website: www.adultentertainmentforum.com
Meets: Our members communicate by conference calls. We have meetings several times a year, or when a bad bill pops up and needs to be addressed.
Primary contact:
Jeff Levy—Executive Director
(954) 253-6511, jeff@ks-law.com
Officers:
Sherri Terrel—President
Delilah’s in Manville, Tom’s River and Atlantic City, (732) 281-1511, delilahssa@earthlink.net
Tony Ariemma—Vice President
Bare Exposure, Atlantic City, (609) 449-0999, njaca2@gmail.com
John Colasanti—Secretary
(954) 253-6511, theboyfromthebronx@highenergyent.com
Chris Kontos—Treasurer
Breathless, Rahway, (732) 574-3825, GreekPete66@aol.com
Advisory attorneys: Danny Aaronson, Brad Shafer, and John Williams
# members: 25
Dues: Monthly
Successes: Defeated every bill at the state level against adult nightclubs in New Jersey. Defeated a Pole Tax, a Dancer Registration, posting police officers around all adult nightclubs where children congregate within 3,000 feet from the clubs at the club’s expense. Defeated distance requirements.
Upcoming Challenges: Pole taxes; training to identify human and sex trafficking .
EXPO: Owners and club personnel from the Delilah’s club chain; Minx Lounge in Morristown; Smiles 2 Go-Go in Ledgewood; Satin Dolls and Bada Bing in Township of Washington; and Bare Exposure in Atlantic City have attended the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. The ED Database lists 102 adult clubs in New Jersey.

thumb teamstate3NEW MEXICO
No Association

EXPO: Owners and club personnel from 7 Veils and Fantasy World in Albuquerque have attended the Annual Club EXPO. The ED Database lists nine adult clubs in New Mexico.

thumb teamstate3NEW YORK
ACE of New York

Active: Yes
Started: 2008
Website: www.adultentertainmentforum.com
Meets: Our members communicate by conference calls. We have meetings several times a year, or when a bad bill pops up and needs to be addressed.
Primary contact:
Jeff Levy—Executive Director
(954) 253-6511, jeff@ks-law.com
Officers:
Stephen Dick—President
Nite Moves, Latham, (518) 785-7739, spider@nitemovesny.com
Gus Dracopoulos—Vice President
Sin City, Bronx, (718) 401-1700, sincityny@aol.com
Eric Langan—Secretary
Rick’s New York, (281) 397-6730
Attorneys: Danny Aaronson, Brad Shafer, and John Williams
# members: 25
Dues: $300 to $400 monthly
Successes: Defeated every bill affecting adult nightclubs in New York since 2008, including three pole taxes, distance requirements, and dancer and owner registration.  
Upcoming Challenges: Pole taxes; training to identify human and sex trafficking.
EXPO: Numerous New York adult club owners and personnel attend the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO each year. The ED Database lists 129 adult clubs in New York.