Panels & Seminars 2017
There are more reasons than ever for you as a club owner to not only attend the 2017 Gentlemen’s Club Expo but to also bring key personnel from your club to this year’s August 27-30 show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. EXPO 2017 will again feature panels and seminars tailored to club owners as well as club personnel, from GMs to security to bartenders. Check back as we announce specific panel topics and speakers in the coming months. Below is a look at the panels and seminars from the 2016 EXPO.
“I got to put something from EXPO to use already. A customer came in and I escorted him to the bar to take his admission fee. He says, ‘Where have you been? I was here earlier and you weren’t.’ I ask when he was here, and he says a half hour ago. I tell him I have been in the club for hours. The customer says, ‘No, I was here for like 20 minutes just sitting here.’ Now my instinct is to continue explaining that he is mistaken, but I recall from one of the EXPO panels that being right isn’t as important as having a happy customer. So I apologized for the inconvenience and bought him a drink. Now my happy customer is buying private dances instead of complaining about the club. Thanks to whichever speaker got through to me."
— Stephen Dick, Nite Moves Gentlemen’s Club, Latham, NY
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EXPO 2017 Panels and Speakers:
Monday: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!
Tuesday: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!
Wednesday: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!
Politicians, liquor control boards and law enforcement: These are areas that can give club owners and operators nightmares. But what if you could get inside information and advice from key figures in each of these areas, information and advice that can help you foster a position relationship with these entities? At this EXPO seminar, we will feature three such individuals—Charles Wilson, retired commander of the Detroit Police Department; Scott Ellis, Executive Director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA); and Michigan State Representative Harvey Santana, the most powerful Democrat in the State of Michigan—who will help club owners and operators to demystify the relationships with each of these three crucial areas of government and law enforcement.
Over the past 25 years, ED readers and EXPO attendees have read and heard so much in regard to dancer classification; most recently, they’ve heard countless stories about the dancer class-action lawsuits that have become the scourge of the adult nightclub industry. But there’s one side of this issue that has not been discussed at length at EXPO or in the pages of this magazine. That is, what EXACTLY does it mean to classify entertainers as employees? What would a club owner need to do to make that conversion, what are the potential benefits and risks, and how will entertainers react to being “hired” as employees rather than remaining “independent”? These are the questions that will be answered at the 2017 EXPO’s Legal Panel. Participants in this panel include Joey Bien, owner of The Treasure Clubs, who has converted four of his clubs to the employee model for entertainers, as well as two labor attorneys—Rey Velazquez and Jeffrey Kimmel—who are experts in this area and can explain all of the legalities associated with such a conversion. Click here!
From the initial purchase to repair and replacement of your sound and lighting system, it can be a huge investment. Improperly installed and or maintained equipment can cost a fortune; equipment failure can cause loss of profits, damage to property, and even injury to customers or staff. PANDA (Professional Adult Nightclub DJ Association) invites owners, managers, and DJs to join them at EXPO 2017, where they will discuss simple maintenance techniques that clubs can perform in-house to keep their system in prime operating condition. The seminar will be presented by PANDA President Dane Hansen and PANDA Treasurer Nick Failla (also owner of Nicky Biggs Entertainment, a promotions, marketing, event management, audio & stage lighting consulting company).