by Andrea Doyle | April 23, 2019

For 42 years, Las Vegas-based Jaki Baskow has been booking celebrity talent and corporate speakers for meetings and conventions. She is now opening a branch of her two businesses -- Baskow Talent and the Las Vegas Speakers Bureau -- on the other side of the country, in Atlantic City, with a team that will include Peter Aronson as president of production, and Ann Manara as director of East Coast operations. 

"Most of the groups we work with alternate their conferences between the East and West coasts," Baskow noted. "With this in mind, we are expanding into Atlantic City to meet their needs in this iconic Shore destination." 

Baskow said she decided to expand after reading statistics released by Meet AC, the marketing and sales branch of the Atlantic City Convention Center, that found the facility increased its convention and meetings bookings from 313,451 room nights in 2017 to 371,996 in 2018, with 238 conventions currently booked through 2022. 

Baskow started her company as a Las Vegas-based destination and event management company, then sold to CSI DMC Inc. in 2017, keeping the remaining two speaker-oriented offshoots. Among the many celebrities she has booked are Richard Branson, Magic Johnson, Michael Douglas, Susan Packard, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Selleck, Sharon Stone, Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez.