Hard Rock Casino • Las Vegas • August 27-30 2017
25th EXPO held August 27-30 at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas
September 5th, Clearwater, FL: It wasn’t just a convention. It wasn’t just a celebration. On August 27-30, 2017, the adult nightclub industry gathered en masse for the 25th Anniversary Gentlemen’s Club EXPO at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and it lived up to all of the hype associated with a Sliver Anniversary. Throughout the four-day convention experience, industry luminaries offered their praise and congratulations as the industry celebrated 25 years of its y national convention.
“From the outside looking in, the EXPO certainly appeared seamless,” says industry legend Michael J. Peter, an EXPO 2017 attendee and considered by many to be the forefather of the modern gentlemen’s club. “Thank you and all of your staff for your endless diligent work that really has made all of us feel more professional about ourselves. You have been the glue and more for this industry. Give yourselves a pat on the back, you all deserve the utmost respect.”
The 25th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, produced by ED Publications, boasted three full days of educational seminars, a 120-booth business-to-business tradeshow and a bevy of parties and special events, including the 20th Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards — The ED’s. This year’s Awards Show featured Las Vegas’ world-renown “junk rock” phenomenon, Recycled Percussion, who performed throughout the show. This year’s top awards went to Angela Sommers, who took home the Overall Entertainer of the Year Award, the Penthouse Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which was honored with the Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year Award, and Rick’s Cabaret/RCI Hospitality, which earned the Club Chain of the Year Award.
“While we at ED Publications certainly appreciate the pats on the back for 25 years of EXPO, I think we’re even more proud of the fact that we produced a convention that lived up to the expectations surrounding a Sliver Anniversary,” says ED Publications’ Associate Publisher, Dave Manack. “Our 25th Anniversary Yearbook, a 212-page, full-color convention retrospective, may have been the hit of the EXPO. Of course, the ED Awards Show is always a highlight, and Recycled Percussion knocked it out of the park at the show this year!”
The $10,000 EXPO Bikini Contest, presented by Platinum 84 in Denver and co-sponsored by Associated Agencies, was another convention highlight as 75 gorgeous ladies from across the U.S. and from as far away as Australia and New Zealand competed in the event hosted at the world-famous Rehab Pool at the Hard Rock on Wednesday, August 30th. Aja Marie, an entertainer from the Penthouse Club in New Orleans, took home first place and $3,000 in cash, while her “home” club received $3,000 in advertising with ED Publications. The contest was co-hosted by Ronnie "The Limo Driver" Mund from the Howard Stern Show.
EXPO 2017 seminars addressed the future of the adult club industry with subjects like social media marketing, crisis management, building relationships with law enforcement and other city officials, and an impactful one-hour Keynote Address from renown motivational speaker Dan Lier on how club owners and operators can more effectively “reach” the millennial and centennial generations.
Each time we poll attendees for the number-one reason why they come to the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, the answer that comes back more often than any other is, “To see old friends, meet new ones, and come together as an industry.” It’s the one time of year the entire adult nightclub industry comes together for three days of business and pleasure. From the Tradeshow to the seminars to the ACE National meeting to the parties, there are many networking opportunities at EXPO for everyone who makes their living in the adult nightclub industry. If you’ve never been, it’s almost a guarantee that “networking” is the reason why you’ll keep coming back. It’s an opportunity you won’t find anywhere else, ever!
While there are no “Strip Club 101” courses being offered at any colleges or universities around the country, the Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO presents three days of educational seminars for attendees on a wide variety of subjects. These include: Marketing, bar sales, entertainer relations, new products, industry trends, legal issues, social media, management & leadership, DJ training, feature bookings, food sales, modern technology and so much more! The bottom line is, if you come to the EXPO ready to learn, you will leave the EXPO with ideas that you can bring back with you to improve your club, your career or both.
The Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO is celebrating a true milestone—25 years! But this silver anniversary isn’t simply a pat on the back for ED Publications. It’s a milestone that every single club owner, club operator, club staffer, feature entertainer and industry professional should take pride in. The 25th Anniversary EXPO, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will be one an entire industry will remember for years to come. The EXPO is a celebration of the industry at large. It represents the opportunity for all of us to come together as one, to share ideas, to shake hands, to get better at what we do. And of course, we have a great time along the way! In 2017, it's time to celebrate!