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EXPO Yearbook 2017

 

The Adult Nightclub Industry’s 25-Year Celebration YEARBOOK

Celebrating 25 years of the people and events that define an incredible industry!

yearbook 2017We are very proud to be celebrating the 25-Year Anniversary of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO this year, which reflects a quarter century of the growth and success of the adult nightclub industry. We think you should be just as proud of the role you and your club (or clubs) have played in the industry reaching this historic landmark.

To memorialize this accomplishment—both the 25th Anniversary of EXPO and a quarter century of the adult nightclub industry—we will be publishing a special 25-Year Anniversary Adult Nightclub Industry YEARBOOK. This perfect-bound, collector’s item retrospective of both the EXPO and the industry and the clubs that have been a part of it will be a living history and a time capsule of the past 25 years that will be reviewed, referenced and enjoyed for many years to come.

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EXPO Legal Panel 2017:

stripper boaThe what, why & how of converting dancers into employees

The EXPO Legal Panel will feature a club owner who converted the dancers at four clubs to the “employee” model, as well as two labor attorneys who specialize in these conversions.

At the very first Gentlemen’s Club EXPO in 1993, the most popular legal topic of debate was the dancer classification — employee versus independent contractor.

At the EXPO in 1998, and at several subsequent conventions, there were entire legal panels devoted to this issue. One labor attorney, Lynn Hensley, faced nothing but opposition for his staunch view that dancers were, in fact, employees.

Now flash forward to the EXPOs in 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 … and what was one of the hottest topics of conversation in the legal realm? Did you guess dancer classification? Ding ding ding, you’re today’s big winner!

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. If your club hasn’t been hit by one of these suits, you know someone who has—and you may be living in fear of when your time will come.

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, “The future of entertainer classification: Employees.” The goal of this panel is not to convince club owners and operators to convert their dancers to employees, but rather, to answer any and all questions related to a conversion. 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.

“The biggest challenge (in converting entertainers to employees) is getting managers and staff involved in it and understanding it,” opines Bien, who is also a member of the ACE National Board. “You’re asking them to think outside the box. The immediate positive of this conversion is, we now have better control of the product we put out on the floor. And believe it or not the girls are happier being employees. It’s not a perfect system and there are pitfalls you come across, but if I had to do it again I’d do it in a heartbeat. Our revenues have gone up, no question.”

Bien began this conversion process about four years ago, when he became disappointed with what he was seeing from the entertainers at his clubs. “We weren’t being sued and there was no threat of a lawsuit at the time, but I had just gone into one of my clubs and looked around and didn’t think we were putting our best foot forward,” Bien says of his Treasure Clubs in Asheville & Greensboro, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC and Roanoke, VA. “I saw entertainers on cell phones, saw them not caring like they had years ago. I didn’t like the product and I wanted to get control of the entertainers; but to do that, to get that control, they had to become employees.”

The first call Bien made was to Florida-based labor attorney Rey Velazquez, who answered Bien’s many questions about exactly what a entertainer-to-employee conversion meant for his clubs. Bien was surprised by some of what he heard from Velazquez.

“I told him, ‘I’m not really worried about lawsuits [pertaining the way Bien was classifying the entertainers].’ I said, ‘Rey, our entertainers in Asheville (North Carolina) have to have a license, they pay a lot of money for that, so that means they’re independent contractors.’ He said ‘No, it doesn’t.’ He told me the license requirement did not make them independent contractors. So we put a business plan together, discussed it at length with an accounting firm and an outside payroll company, etc. It took about a year to figure it out; since there was no model to copy, we created it on the fly.”

“Once Joey made the decision to convert, he followed the process very closely, but allowed me to do what was necessary to make the transition as smooth as possible,” adds Velazquez, an attorney with the FordHarrison LLP (labor and employment law) firm. “That being said, the greatest challenge in converting any club from the independent contractor to employee business model is the communication piece. It is very important for club owners to understand that such a drastic business model change cannot be done in a vacuum.”

“A lot of owners fear that the girls aren’t going to like it, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much they do like it. It’s unbelievable. They become real people, real employees. There’s no harm in people treating (dancing) as a real job.” - Joey Bien

Labor attorney Jeffrey Kimmel has structured the entertainer relationships for several adult nightclubs using the employee model. At the EXPO’s legal panel, Kimmel will be discussing the best method to classify entertainers as employees to reduce the legal exposure from litigants and governmental agencies, and will also discuss the “commissioned salesperson” structure for entertainers and how that structure can reduce exposure for clubs without requiring them to drastically change the way they currently conduct business.

“As every club owner knows, as a result of the classification of entertainers as independent contractors or other types of ‘non-employees,’ clubs are targets for private lawsuits and governmental agency investigations,” says Kimmel. “Converting entertainers to employees may be a way for clubs to avoid the needless substantial expense of responding to these investigations and lawsuits.”  

Kimmel acknowledges that converting entertainers to employees will require a change in the way club owners approach their business, and there are multiple financial implications.

“There will be some increase in payroll taxes, unemployment insurance and social security contributions, but these are what substantially reduce exposure and liability,” Kimmel notes. “Also, these expenditures can potentially recouped elsewhere in the structure. There are also record-keeping requirements for club owners, including clocking hours worked by all employees and amounts earned by them.”

Still, despite all the time, work and effort it took to convert four clubs to the employee model, Joey Bien couldn’t be happier with the results.

“Once the lawsuits started and the entertainers got wind of it, you started to hear them say, ‘You can’t tell me what to do, I’m independent,’” Bien adds, noting that his conversion only added to the number and quality of the entertainers at his clubs. “And I thought, you know, you’re right — so I’m going to do something about that. We’ve gotten so many first-time entertainers because of this. We get to train them and they learn the right way to do things. They become spectacular entertainers.”

When asked what he’d tell a fellow club owner about what it will—and won’t—mean for their club if they convert, Bien immediately attempts to dissolve the typical fears associated with this conversion.

“A lot of owners fear that the girls aren’t going to like it, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much they do like it,” says Bien of the dancers’ reaction to becoming “employees.” “It’s unbelievable. They become real people, real employees. They can buy a house, buy a car or rent an apartment, because they now have verification of employment. It’s how you present it to them. There’s no harm in people treating (dancing) as a real job.

“I’ve heard people say, once you convert entertainers to employees you then open yourself up to all of these lawsuits; sexual harassment, etc.,” Bien adds. “I encourage you to speak to an attorney on this, because even if you classify your entertainers as independent contractors you could still face a sexual harassment lawsuit. There are some [lawsuits] you aren’t open to if they’re employees. Sure, it’s a process, but for us it’s well worth it and we all sleep better at night.”

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Recycled Percussion

2017 ED Awards 3smRecycled Percussion will ignite 25th Anniversary EXPO's Awards Show at The Joint in Las Vegas!

Group awarded "National Act of the Year" six times and recently performed at the Super Bowl!

March 31, Clearwater, FL — It’s the 25th Anniversary EXPO and the 20th Annual ED's Awards Show — and ED Publications is pulling out all the stops!

Whether seen as a finalist on "America's Got Talent" or at their own Vegas show, at the 2017 EXPO, attendees will witness them ignite the stage at the Hard Rock's Joint Theater on Tuesday, August 29th. RECYCLED PERCUSSION is the featured act at this year's ED's Awards Show, and will perform throughout the evening as ED Publications (producers of the Annual EXPO and Awards Show) present Awards to the industry's top adult nightclubs and feature entertainers. Called "flat out bad bass" by the Las Vegas Review Journal and featured on "The Today Show," Recycled Percussion has performed over 4,000 shows and over 400 corporate events in over 15 countries since their smash performance on "America's Got Talent" (2009 season).

"While EXPO and Awards Show guests have seen lots of great acts over the past two decades, they've never seen anything like Recycled Percussion," says ED Publications' Associate Publisher, Dave Manack. "This year's ED's Awards Show will kick off with a bang, and there's no telling where the show goes from there!"

IMG 3452 Jayden ColeIn keeping with the 25th Anniversary EXPO theme, this year's show at The Joint Theater is a semi-formal affair. Awards Special Presenters will include former ED Hall of Fame inductees and Entertainer of the Year winners, and the show will be co-emceed by DJ Platypus and the beautiful adult starlet, feature entertainer and Penthouse Pet, Jayden Cole.

"I am so honored & excited to be co-emceeing the adult nightclub industry's biggest night alongside the man behind the voice, DJ Platypus!" says Jayden. "I can't wait to present a great show for everyone and for another fun EXPO in Las Vegas!”

And speaking of Awards, the entire process begins with the “pre-nomination” ballot, where industry professionals can offer their suggestions on which adult nightclubs, feature entertainers and club staff are most deserving of 2017 ED’s Award nominations. The pre-nomination ballot will be featured at www.theEDawards.com starting on May 1st; the Final ED’s Awards Ballot is set to go live on July 1st.

ED's Awards Show tickets are available for $69 each (before the May 1st deadline) and can be purchased online at www.TheEDexpo.com or by calling the ED office at (727) 726-3592.

2017 ED Awards Show

The 20th Annual ED’s Awards Show at the The Joint Theater, inside the Hard Rock Casino

Tuesday, August 29th, 9-11 pm (8-9 pm reception)

Show will honor industry’s top clubs and entertainers, and will feature headline performances by world-renown act Recycled Percussion 

On August 29th, 2017, the entire adult nightclub industry will be focused on The Joint Theater at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to find out which adult clubs and feature entertainers take home top honors for the ED’s 20th Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards. The industry’s only national awards show is held each year at the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, and this year the 25th Anniversary EXPO will host the ED’s Awards Show at The Joint Theater inside the Hard Rock on Tuesday, August 29th. Famed Vegas act Recycled Percussion will headline the show, which will also feature command performances by the ED’s Entertainer of the Year nominees.

Whether seen as a finalist on "America's Got Talent" or at their own Vegas show, at the 2017 EXPO, attendees will witness them ignite the stage at the Hard Rock's Joint Theater on Tuesday, August 29th. RECYCLED PERCUSSION is the featured act at this year's ED's Awards Show, and will perform throughout the evening as ED Publications (producers of the Annual EXPO and Awards Show) present Awards to the industry's top adult nightclubs and feature entertainers. Called "flat out bad bass" by the Las Vegas Review Journal and featured on "The Today Show," Recycled Percussion has performed over 4,000 shows and over 400 corporate events in over 15 countries since their smash performance on "America's Got Talent" (2009 season). 

"While EXPO and Awards Show guests have seen lots of great acts over the past two decades, they've never seen anything like Recycled Percussion," says ED Publications' Associate Publisher, Dave Manack. "This year's ED's Awards Show will kick off with a bang, and there's no telling where the show goes from there!"

Among the adult nightclub voting categories, the most prestigious category is the “Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year” Award. This year, 10 clubs across the U.S. count themselves among the very best in the industry. They are (in alphabetical order): Delilah’s in Philadelphia; E11EVEN in Miami; Fantasy Castle in Long Beach; Gold Club in Charlotte, NC; Hustler Club in E St. Louis, IL; Penthouse Club in Baton Rouge, LA; Platinum 84 in Denver; Scarlett’s Cabaret in Hallandale (Miami); Scores in New York City; and Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas.

Among the six entertainer award categories, the most prestigious is the Overall Entertainer of the Year Award, as each nominee performs live during the ED’s Awards Show at The Joint. Two Entertainer of the Year (EOY) nominees were decided by the EDI (Exotic Dancer Invitational) East & West Contests; Aria Moon won the Showgirl Division at the EDI East (Pony Club, Indianapolis), while Natasha Nova took home top Showgirl Division honors at the EDI West (Platinum 84, Denver). The third EOY nominee — Angela Sommers — was chosen based on results from the pre-nomination voting ballot. Reigning EOY Lacey Rain will be on hand to pass on the award to the incoming Entertainer of the Year.

In keeping with the 25th Anniversary EXPO theme, this year's show at The Joint Theater is a semi-formal affair. Awards Special Presenters will include former ED Hall of Fame inductees and Entertainer of the Year winners and nominees, and the show will be co-emceed by DJ Platypus and the beautiful adult starlet, feature entertainer and Penthouse Pet, Jayden Cole

Note: Several awards will also be presented the previous evening at the EXPO’s Opening Night Party on Monday, August 28th, at the Hard Rock’s Vanity Nightclub.

Tickets are $89 and can be purchased by calling the ED offices at (727) 726-3592 or online click here prior to the EXPO . On site, tickets can be purchased at the EXPO registration desk at the Hard Rock.

 


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