Board of Directors

Jeffrey Douglas

Jeffrey Douglas,
FSC Board Chair
Attorney

Jeffrey Douglas is a Santa Monica criminal defense lawyer, representing all segments of the adult entertainment industry since 1982.  He is Chairman Emeritus of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, a nationally recognized spokesperson for the adult entertainment industry, as well as author and expert witness. Mr. Douglas appears regularly as a media commentator, and on invitation, has testified before Congress.  He has chaired the FSC Board of Directors since 1995, committed to organizing the people of the adult entertainment, products and services to improve their quality of life, strengthen the sales environment, and resist government intrusion.

Tim Valenti

Tim Valenti
President of the Board
Founder, NakedSword.com

Tim Valenti is the founder of NakedSword.com, President of Falcon Studios Group and the current President of the Free Speech Coalition. A pioneer of video streaming, Valenti has been a leading figure in the adult industry for nearly twenty years. His first company, Cubik Media, was instrumental in bringing many adult studios online; his flagship site, NakedSword.com, often referred to as the Netflix of gay porn, is now also one of the industry’s most respected production companies. NakedSword has also become an award-winning producer of boundary-pushing independent film, including the narrative feature ‘I Want Your Love’ and the documentary ‘Seed Money’.

As the recently announced head of Falcon Studios Group and the NS Network, Valenti is the largest producer of gay adult entertainment in the world.

Larry Garland

Larry Garland,
FSC Board Vice President,
CEO & Founder,
Eldorado Trading Co.

Established in 1974, Eldorado has become a leading International Distributor of Sexual Wellness Products and Lingerie. As a dynamic player in the industry, Larry stays abreast of the current trends and forces that drive the market. He is a past President and current Vice President of the Free Speech Coalition. He has received numerous prestigious awards for his achievements in the industry including induction to the AVN Hall of Fame (Pleasure Products Branch), AVN “O” Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2013 induction to the StorErotica Hall of Fame.

Bob Christian

Bob Christian,
FSC Board Treasurer,
General Manager,
Adam & Eve

Has been with Adam & Eve/PHE Inc for 20 years. Currently serves as GM for Adam & Eve Pictures, as well as a member of Adam & Eve’s senior management/marketing team. Was part of the creation of our Adam & Eve Retail Stores company, currently with 64 franchised stores open, and of Temptations Parties – Adam & Eve’s Home Party company. Holds the title of President of the retail stores company – AEFC, Inc. – but not involved in day-to-day.

Has served on the Board of Directors of the Free Speech Coalition for 4 years, and as Treasurer for 2 years.

Prior to Adam & Eve, worked as GM of General Vitamin, one of Phil Harvey’s non-adult businesses.  Proud of graduating from Duke University and from University of North Carolina (MBA).

Mark Kernes

Mark Kernes,
FSC Board Secretary
Senior Editor for Legal Affairs, 
AVN.com

Mark Kernes is the Senior Editor for Legal Affairs for AVN Media Network, which publishes Adult Video News magazine and avn.com. Kernes began working as a reviewer of adult videotapes in 1983, and came on board full-time in 1991. Before working for AVN, Kernes was a court reporter for 20 years, and his contacts with attorneys in that profession has helped in analyzing the legal issues affecting the adult industry, including anti-pornography laws, public health issues and many more. He has also attended several conferences sponsored by conservative religious groups and anti-porn groups and analyzed their motives and methods.

Alec Helmy

Alec Helmy
Founder/Publisher,
XBIZ.com

Alec Helmy is the founder and president of XBIZ, the adult industry’s leading source for business news and information, providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the industry at XBIZ.com and in three trade publications — XBIZ World, XBIZ Premiere and XBIZ Sensuals. In addition, XBIZ produces five annual trade events which culminate with the XBIZ Awards, the adult industry’s biggest night. XBIZ is frequently cited in mainstream media for coverage of the industry and has been published in CNN, Fox News, Newsweek, MSNBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, CNET, ABC, USA Today and The Los Angeles Times among others. One of the early pioneers of the online adult industry, Helmy is the founder of ASACP and a board member of the Free Speech Coalition.

Marci Hirsch

Marci Hirsch,
Vice President,
Vivid Entertainment

As Vice President of Production & Licensing for Vivid Entertainment, the world’s leading adult film company, Marci Hirsch is recognized as one of the most accomplished female executives in the adult entertainment industry. Marci is the daughter of adult industry pioneer Fred Hirsch of Adult Video Corporation, and the sister of Steven Hirsch, founder of Vivid.

She joined Vivid in 1992 and over the years has played a pivotal role in helping build the brand into an international franchise. She oversees all aspects of production, licensing, and has been pivotal in the successes of VividTV and VividRadio.

Marci is in her 4th year as an FSC board member focusing on fundraising. Vivid was the plaintiff, on behalf of the adult industry, in the Measure B case against LA County and AHF.

Joel Kaminski

Joel Kaminsky
Owner,
GoodVibes.com

Joel Kaminsky is the owner of Good Vibrations, a female focused sex-positive retailer dedicated to promoting sexual health, pleasure, and empowerment.  He received his BA in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and immediately afterwards entered the adult retail industry where he has remained for the past 40 years.  Prior to Good Vibrations, Joel has worked as the Chief Operations Officer and partner of two large adult conglomerates and has managed or opened stores in scores of cities across 9 states as well as in Australia.  Joel currently sits on the board of Free Speech Coalition and has volunteered countless hours of time in his private life as well.  Joel lives in the Greater San Francisco Area and is father to 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

Reed Lee

Reed Lee
Attorney

Reed Lee is a practicing constitutional lawyer concentrating on free speech matters. He is serving his seventh consecutive term on the Free Speech Coalition Board. He is also a National Chairperson Emeritus of the First Amendment Lawyers Association and actively serves on the that organization’s Board of Directors as well. He has political experience ranging from grass-roots organizing to lobbying in Congress, always for the less popular or powerful as against the more. He has long felt the need to help speak truth to power and to help defend those against whom the intolerant have unleashed a culture war.

Lynn Swanson

Lynn Swanson,
Sales Manager,
Classic Erotica

Lynn Swanson is a lifelong veteran of the adult entertainment industry. Beginning in retail as a college student, moving to distribution and finally to pleasure products manufacturing, Lynn is the Sales Manager for Classic Erotica, a manufacturer of sexual wellness romance products. She lives in the Los Angeles area. Lynn understands that the adult industry needs a trade organization, has served on the Board of Directors since 2007 and has supported FSC and its mission throughout its existence.

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Mark Schechter,
Adult talent agent/Owner,
ATMLA.com

Mark Schechter is the owner of ATMLA (Adult Talent Managers Los Angeles).  He has 18 years of experience in the adult industry (since 1998).  With over 3 years as the sole owner and hands on operator of ATMLA, has established a very reputable talent agency.  Currently serving his 2nd term as a Board Member of Free Speech Coalition, as well as an active participant in the PASS Advisory Committee board.  Prior areas of involvement in the industry include affiliate marketing, content production, sales, publishing and distribution all in association with being part owner of award-winning affiliate program Blazingbucks.

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Mo Reese
Producer/Director

Mo Reese is an adult content producer, production manager, and photographer that has worked in the adult industry since 2007.  Mo was born and raised in Oregon State. He moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1997 with a degree in Commercial Photography. He then worked in the mainstream photography industry for 10 years before actively making the transition to adult.

Fueled by his love of porn and politics, Mo is a vocal activist for adult industry rights and welfare. He maintains: “I’m an average guy – I don’t have fame, I don’t run a big company, and I don’t have a political agenda. I’m passionate about what I do, and I’m committed to helping make the industry better for all its workers.”

Peter Acworth

Peter Acworth,
Founder & CEO,
Kink.com

Peter Acworth is founder and CEO of kink.com. Peter is originally from sexually repressed England. He came to the US originally to study a PhD program in Financial Economics, but he left the program uncompleted in 1997 to start kink.com because he decided selling BDSM porn was a better idea.  In addition to porn and demystifying BDSM, Peter is passionate about restoring the San Francisco Armory to one of San Francisco’s premiere concert and entertainment venues.