For the first time ever, three key governmental positions were represented at an EXPO seminar, as the “Government Relationships You Need For Your Club’s Future” session featured 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 panel was produced and moderated by ACE of Michigan’s Larry Kaplan.
Today, relationships are just as critical to adult nightclubs’ survival as cold beer and hot dancers. Without key strategic relationships with law enforcement, legislators, community organizations and influential partner business associations, a club is constantly vulnerable to having the rug pulled out from under it. The EXPO 2017 Government, Community and Partner Association Relationships Panel was a how-to for developing and maintaining these essential relationships.
After the 1999 formation of ACE of Michigan, that state’s pioneering adult nightclub association, Executive Director/co-founder Larry Kaplan and the association’s board rapidly realized the value of relationships and they have diligently cultivated and nurtured them for 18 years.