2017 EXPO | August 27-30

Attendee Info 2017

 
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EXPO 2017 attendees can count on three days of must-attend workshops and panel sessions geared toward club owners, general managers, and other key club personnel; two days of a 120-booth Tradeshow with vendors showcasing their latest products and services; two evening parties that are equal parts networking and enjoyable fun; and the Annual ED Awards Show honoring the industry’s top adult nightclubs and entertainers.
 
“We look forward to the EXPO every year to see our friends, to continue building strong relationships and to meet new club owners. The EXPO is like no other! Lots of entertainment, an incredible amount of sharing great knowledge and tools for club owners, encouraging and celebrating  accomplishments with Awards Show night. For club owners this show is a must!” 
—Marsha Long, Alpha Patterned Carpets

5ThingsThe 5 things you need to know about EXPO — Now!

As the 25th Anniversary EXPO quickly approaches — and as we near end of the early registration discount (May 30), we take a look at the 5 things you NEED to know about the EXPO now!

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#5 thing you need to know about EXPO:
The $299 early registration rate expires at the end of this month!
It's the 25th Anniversary EXPO at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas — who would want to miss THAT?! If you know that you're going, why not take advantage of the early registration rate and save?
The $299 registration rate is set to expire on May 30th, so register now and save! Even better, if you register more than three people you'll get a 10% discount on your entire badge order!
And while you're at it, save on your ED's Awards Show tickets, too! The 20th Annual ED's Awards Show will be held at The Joint Theater inside the Hard Rock on Tuesday, August 29th. Tickets are just $69 before May 30th; after that, the price jumps up to $89.
To register for the EXPO today and save, tap here!

#4 thing you need to know about EXPO:
EXPO marks the release of the 25-Year Celebration Yearbook!

yearbook 13We 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. 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 Celebration 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!
We want YOU to be a part of this 25-Year Celebration YEARBOOK and consider running a $999 display advertisement in this special publication to salute the industry for 25 years of a job well done and to promote your club’s involvement in that success story. But please note, space is limited! We already have 50 full-page ads slotted in our first-ever commemorative Yearbook!

For more information about the 25-Year Celebration Yearbook or to advertise, tap here!

2017 bikini contest3Reserve a Cabana#3 thing you need to know about EXPO:
The $10,000 Bikini Contest has moved to the Rehab pool, so reserve your bungalow or cabana before they sell out!

It's the most famous pool in Vegas, and it's known by just one word — Rehab. At EXPO 2017, we have the entire Rehab pool at the Hard Rock to ourselves for the $10K Bikini Contest, sponsored by Platinum 84 in Denver.

BUNGALOWS AND CABANAS AVAILABLE TO RESERVE!

If you want to have a comfortable spot out of the sun and heat for the Bikini Contest, bungalows (hold 12-15 guests) and cabanas (hold 6-8 guests) are now available for rental through ED Publications! Bungalows are $2,750 and cabanas are $1,750, but both also come with a FREE bottle of your choice and set-up!

As of today, there are ONLY 5 bungalows and 10 cabanas available, so don't wait, reserve yours today by calling the ED offices at (727) 726-3592 and ask for Dave Manack, Lacy Empkey or Kristofer Kay!

HERE'S HOW TO BRING AN ENTERTAINER FOR FREE! Clubs: If you register one of your entertainers to compete in the Bikini Contest, she gets her badge FOR FREE (limit one free badge per club). Entertainers are competing for their share in $5,000 cash, while the club who enters the entertainer in the contest is competing for $5,000 of ED promo (web and print advertising)! Call Caroline Ashe in the ED office to enter your club's entertainer and get that badge free by calling 727-726-3592!

Tap here for more info on the Bungalow & Cabana rentals for the Bikini Contest at Rehab!

#2 thing you need to know about EXPO:
EXPO 2017  features can't-miss seminars, including the "Dancers as Employees" legal panel, the "Government Relations" panel and much more!

EXPO Anniversary whiteWhile post-EXPO surveys frequently suggest that the number-one reason people attend the convention is to see old friends and to network in a one-on-one environment — i.e., the camaraderie — the number-two reason for attending EXPO is often the educational seminars and panel sessions. At the 25th EXPO, attendees will not be disappointed by the slate of seminars that await them!

The "theme" of this year's seminars and panel sessions revolves around "the future" — where the industry is headed in areas like dancer classification, social media marketing, government relations, millennials (both as customers and staff), DJ software and the "exit strategy" for owners who are considering selling their businesses.

For a complete list of EXPO 2017 seminars and panel sessions, tap here!

 

hardrockroom#1 thing you need to know about EXPO:
Hotel rooms for EXPO are the lowest rates in 20 years! Only $70 a night at the Hard Rock — BUT OUR BLOCK WILL SELL OUT so reserve your room today!

We get it — coming to EXPO is an expense for our attendees. But with rates of only $70 a night at the Hard Rock in Vegas, the EXPO is even more affordable than ever before!  

But don't wait until the last minute to reserve your hotel room — our EXPO block is going to sell out (and no, we're not just saying that ;) ). Don't miss your chance for the lowest hotel rates in 20 years ... and why stay anywhere else than at the host hotel, with all of your fellow convention attendees?!

(Please note: The $70 rate is not available on Saturday, August 26th; the rate for that night is $180 since it is a peak weekend night.)

To book your room at the Hard Rock Vegas today, tap here or call the Hard Rock at (800) 473-7625 and request the special Gentlemen's Club EXPO rate! 

 

EXPO 2017 AGENDA:

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SUNDAY, August 27

check 2017 11 am - 5 pm EXPO Hospitality Lounge
@ Goose Island Pub
check 2017 1 pm - 6 pm EXPO Registration Desk open
check 2017 Noon - 8 pm Exhibitor Set-Up
check 2017 4 pm - 6 pm ACE National Board Meeting
check 2017 9 pm - Midnight
Pre-show Parties

 MONDAY, August 28

check 2017 9 am - 6 pm Registration Desk open
check 2017 7 am - noon Exhibitor Set-Up
check 2017 11:30 - 12:30 Panel: Smart phones—
The future of five-inch marketing
check 2017 1 - 2 pm Panel: Developing your exit strategy—NOW! 
check 2017 1 - 2 pm Breakout Seminar—
The Future of Your DJ Software
check 2017 2 - 6 pm Tradeshow Open
check 2017 9 pm - Midnight Opening Night Party, early ED Awards
@ Hard Rock's Vanity Nightclub

 TUESDAY, August 29

check 2017 9 am - 6 pm Registration Desk open
check 2017 10 - 11 am Continental Breakfast
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Panel: Crisis Control—
Remedies NOW for future events
check 2017 11:30 - 12:30 pm Panel: Club owners are from Mars —
Staffers are from Venus
check 2017 12:30 - 1 pm Keynote Address
check 2017 1 - 5 pm Tradeshow Open
check 2017 8 - 9 pm The ED Awards Reception
@ The Joint at Hard Rock
check 2017 9 - 11 pm The ED Awards Show
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check 2017 11pm - 2 am Awards Show After-Party

 button register2 2017WEDNESDAY, August 30

check 2017 10 am - 2 pm Registration Desk open
check 2017 10 - 11:30 am Continental Breakfast 
check 2017 11 am - 12:30 pm Panel: Government Relationships
you need for your club’s future

check 2017 1 pm - 2 pm
Legal Panel: The what, why & how of
Converting Dancers to
Employees
check 2017 3 pm - 5 pm Pool Party & Bikini Contest
@ Hard Rock's Breathe Pool
check 2017 9 pm - Midnight
Closing Night Party & International Features Smackdown Showcase
 
A SUCCESSFUL FORMULA ...
As producers of industry conventions for more than 25 years, we know that the formula for a successful event means offering attendees a show that is informative, enlightening, educational—and fun!  That's why we hold our panel sessions and seminars in the morning and early afternoon, and then do the Tradeshow late afternoon and early evening with plenty of music and cocktails.  Our Tradeshows are parties unto themselves, and we have found that a relaxed setting appeals to the vendors manning the booths and the buyers walking the aisles.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS:
Register before May 1 to receive substantial discounts.  Go to the Special Discounts page for more details.  Awards Show tickets sold separately. 

AWARDS SHOW TICKET DISCOUNT:
While online or on the phone, be sure to order your awards show tickets for the 2017 EXOTIC DANCER Awards Show on Tuesday night during EXPO 2017; awards show tickets are regularly $89 each but can be bought at the discounted rate of $69 per ticket through May 1.

hard rock hotel logo rawREDUCED HOTEL ROOM RATES:
We encourage you to book your room today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino since we sell out of our block of discounted rooms every year. Book your room by calling (800) 473-7625 and requesting the "Gentlemen's Club EXPO 2017" special rate. The room rate is $70 a night Sunday through Wednesday (and is $180 for Saturday since it is a weekend night). Ask about special rates in the HRH All-Suite Tower. Click here!

STAFF TRAINING SEMINARS:
Get your pen and notepad ready—these workshops will be packed with hands-on, critical information for club owners, general managers, and other key club staff.  Our impressive lineup of workshop speakers will be providing expert advice on specific areas of club operations, advice that will help you—and your staff—operate your club more profitably, efficiently and safely.

ATTENDEE FEEDBACK ON EXPO 2016

“I got to put something from EXPO to use already. A customer came in and I escorted him to the bar to take his admission fee. He says, ‘Where have you been? I was here earlier and you weren’t.’ I ask when he was here, and he says a half hour ago. I tell him I have been in the club for hours. The customer says, ‘No, I was here for like 20 minutes just sitting here.’ Now my instinct is to continue explaining that he is mistaken, but I recall from one of the EXPO panels that being right isn’t as important as having a happy customer. So I apologized for the inconvenience and bought him a drink. Now my happy customer is buying private dances instead of complaining about the club. Thanks to whichever speaker got through to me.”
— Stephen Dick, Nite Moves Gentlemen’s Club, Latham, NY

“We look forward to the EXPO every year to see our friends, to continue building strong relationships and to meet new club owners. The EXPO is like no other! Lots of entertainment, an incredible amount of sharing great knowledge and tools for club owners, encouraging and celebrating accomplishments with Awards Show night. For club owners, this show is a must!”
— Marsha Long, Alpha Patterned Carpets, GA

“We felt EXPO was a great success. We all enjoyed our time with everyone. We have potential licensing agreements from our exposure at the trade show. We are looking to expand the Babe’s brand and the EXPO has played a tremendous part in helping us develop and market the Babe’s Cabaret brand.”
— Charles, Jordan and Darren Bass, Babe’s NOLA, LA and NJ

“I enjoyed the show. It was my first time. I believe my presentation was well received. I already have more than 50 contacts that I followed up with as a result of receiving their business card at the show. It has been fruitful.”
— Trevor Estelle, TIPS, VA

“One of the first things I did when I branched out into my club’s marketing was to reach out to Exotic Dancer’s Club Bulletin Magazine. I knew that if my club wanted to be taken seriously within the industry, we had to be in this magazine every month. For an urban club that helps tremendously because this particular sector is not well known, especially around EXPO. Because our club was being featured in the magazine it helped our exposure within the industry tremendously.”
— DC Glenn, EXPO panelist, formerly with Strokers and Magic City in Atlanta

“The EXPO was great for us. A week out and we’ve more than doubled our previous best client sign up. Looking forward to the home cooking of Vegas next year.”
— Duffy Franclemont, J Dog Media, FL

“We hope that you bring the dancers competition back onto the trade show floor or do something to give the attendees a reason to come into the exhibit hall, especially on the second day. We are looking forward to the show again next year and we plan to exhibit as we have for most of the past 20-plus years.”
— Paul Artt, QnC, Dallas

“The return on the EXPO has exceeded my expectations. While several of the larger clubs already use our program, many of the smaller ones do not. Also, I thought the quality of the attendees was great. I go to a lot of conferences that brag about the huge number of attendees. Unfortunately, the quality of these attendees are not nearly as fruitful as your attendees. We walked out of there with our first ever marketing programs signed at a show and came home with more than 70 leads that were interested in our services. We can’t thank you enough. We will definitely see you next year!”
— Scott Jelinski, Moving Targets, PA

“Love the entire event. From the PANDA party pre-EXPO to bowling. This year was my second year and I learned so much. I didn’t go to as many DJ panels because I wanted to learn more about other areas and I did. It was great!”
— Jerry Butler, The Ritz, Houston

“Thoroughly enjoyed my first EXPO experience. I came back refreshed, with new ideas, new contacts and an enthusiasm to get back to work.”
— Jay Hatch, Paradise Found, Syracuse, NY

“A House Mom Seminar next year would be great, teaching the skills of this business from a house moms’ view. Also a seminar on being a better manager from the time you walk in the door to the time you lock up. I’d like to know what other managers do when there for a shift, i.e. walk the floor, run to walk in, pick up after waitresses, paperwork, social media.”
— Eric Anthony, Rhode Island Dolls, RI

“I always enjoy the EXPO. I get to see people I know, and I always meet new people.”
— Myles Shaffer, AINews.com

“The learning opportunities at EXPO are fabulous if you go in with that as your goal.”
— Kira Mundhenk, Double Visions, Horsham, PA

“Fantastic networking with other ACE chapters, the club owners and attorneys. Thanks for bringing COAST training to EXPO!”
— Jill Chambers, Goodtime Emporium, Atlanta

“I’d like to see lighting systems for clubs and live events on the trade show floor.”
— Jeremy Sweigert, Teasers, Jamme Holdings, PA

“More seminars on bar revenue and bartender and server training, and live entertainment on a stage in the trade show.”
—Shon Boulden, Devil’s Point, Portland, OR

“A great experience with good times all around. Can’t wait to attend again!”
— Jessie Hagan, The Lucky Lady, Evansville, IN

 

ATTENDEE FEEDBACK ON EXPO 2015

“Thank you so much for the opportunity!  We had a successful show and will surely be back next year. Cheers!”
Terra and Paul Saunders of Waitressville

“I’ve been to all of the EXPOs and this year showed a real upturn in quality buyers. As a ATM vendor we can face some serious competition in the market but this year we saw some great traffic on both days of the tradeshow. We’re looking forward to seeing where exactly EXPO will be next year.”
Richard Bantock, Tampa Biz Brokers/All American ATMs

“I felt that the tradeshow in Nola was better than in years before you could feel the energy coming in and out of the rooms. It was more intimate setting to do business compared to the wide open space of a Vegas showroom. As a consultant and broker I conduct a lot of business through networking, but from the tradeshow alone my associates helped me gather 27 leads.”
Richard Shauseil, Shauseil Consulting

“As a business not normally associated with the adult nightclub industry, we found EXPO to be a terrific venue. There were a number of strong clubs and booking agencies we felt we could do future business. We’re excited to be working with the adult nightclub professionals and look forward to what there future holds.”
Vanessa Meyer, Chatstar

“We loved the EXPO! We were attendees who became exhibitors and that made a great decision. For us, we do better business through networking than actual booth traffic, but overall it was a great show for our company by helping us make new connections in the adult nightclub industry.”
Stephanie Veil of Duncan Investments

“I didn’t get the chance to make it to NOLA, but the response I received back from our salespeople was fantastic. We opened new accounts but also got to spend time with those club owners we already do business with, always important to us at G&G.  Pay-per-view sporting events shown in adult nightclubs have proven to work, and we’re excited to get even more clubs involved the more we exhibited at EXPO and met those club owners who can make a difference to our business.”  
— Nick Gagliardi, G&G Closed Circuit Events

"Overall, I was impressed with EXPO. Compared to other shows we exhibit at, EXPO proved to be very successful, and we had a good response with our new money sorter. It’s a high-ticket item but one that will greatly improve any club owner’s cashflow. I was most impressed with how the nightly events were set up and that everyone stuck with each other during the entire show; that shows a real camaraderie that you don’t typically associate with conventions. It’s just another example of how unique this industry is, and we’re glad to be part of it."
Dan Nelson of Klopp International

“We’re a start-up company, only 18 months old, so EXPO 2015 was almost our grand introduction to the adult nightclub industry, and we’re really happy with what we saw in New Orleans.  We opened several accounts while at the show and hoped to open even more with the contacts we made.  We’re an inventory software company that has a lot to offer club owners to control costs and more effectively manage their bar costs. We’re excited to be working with adult nightclub owners and look forward to what the future holds.”
Julian Miller of  Partender

“The best thing about EXPO is an exhibitor doesn’t need to feel like there should be 60,000 attendees to make the show successful. For us, for what we saw at EXPO, it’s more of a quantity over quality.  This was an excellent show that allowed us to speak directly to club owners, both large chains, and independents, about our new POS program that can dramatically increase their sales performance.” 
Matt Wambach of 2 Touch POS

“This was my eighth show and by far one of the best. From being in NOLA alone, we signed 12 new clients with more to come after all our follow-up. Club apps are becoming necessary for this industry, and we’re happy to provide.  When you’re looking to do business in the adult nightclub industry, there’s no better place to do it than at EXPO.”
David Burney of Cabaret Apps

ATTENDEE FEEDBACK ON EXPO 2014

You did it again! Great Expo! Good show, man, good show.
— Jonathan Lee Harris, Archibald’s, Washington DC

Great Expo this year. I really like the new format and thought the Keynote (by Tim Kirkland) was great.
— Micheal Ocello, VCG/PT’s Showclubs

As always it was great to be part of the Expo. Had more fun doing it this year then ever; great subject and a fantastic audience.
— Jim St. John, Spearmint Rhino

Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your panel, I enjoyed it! Promoting is my passion, I’ve written a couple of books, so if you ever need people to motivate people to promote please count me in.
— Sherry Cooper, Deja Vu Showgirls

It was a wonderful experience, thanks for your help!
— Andrew, Golden Girls, Russia

We have written two clubs which we met at the EXPO and definitely more than paid for our investment.
— Bob Ramsey, Brown & Brown Insurance

The conference so far seems to have worked out great. We definitely fostered some fantastic relationships that will hopefully turn out to be quite fruitful. One thing that could be improved upon for next year was how loud the music was in the Tradeshow. Other than that, everything else was great, especially the (ACE) meet and greet. I appreciate all of your help and how attentive you’ve been.
— George Kobakov, VP of Operations, SocialHP

This was our third time exhibiting at the show. Second time on our own, I have yet to be disappointed. The time, effort and attention to detail you and the entire staff devote to putting this together is obvious. This was our most productive show to date. We look forward to the next show as well as being the most consistent, reliable exhibitor offering processing services and more to the industry as we go forward. You are all greatly appreciated.
— Miriam Ramos, SEVP of Business Development, Platinum Processing

The Expo has already paid off for us. I am extremely pleased with the both the set-up and attendance. I look forward to being a participant for years to come! Thank you again for working with us on such short notice!
—Dave Smart, The Clements Agency, LLC

Thanks for all the hard work. The show was good for Omega. As you know, Omega supports and will always support the expo; it is a great way for our customer service team to have face to face time with our long time clients. I loved the hours this year. I don’t think having it a day earlier was a major effect on attendance.
— Chet Graham, Marquis Industries, Inc. (Omega Pattern Works)


ATTENDEE FEEDBACK ON EXPO 2013

“One of the things that stuck with us from the EXPO this year was Eric Langan’s acceptance speech for Rick’s Cabaret upon winning the Club Chain of the Year at the awards show. He spoke about the realization of his own recognition as an industry leader when he noticed people staring and pointing in his direction at this year’s EXPO. And he mentioned that he himself had done the same thing years back when he was working his way up the industry ladder; looking up to and admiring the leaders of that era. He reminded us all where he has been and encouraged us to work our own way up that ladder. Very motivating.”
—­Skindustry Contests

"I want to start off by saying that we almost didn’t come to EXPO this year. To say it has been a year of trials and tribulations would be an understatement.  That being said, we are so glad we made the trip. It was so wonderful seeing old friends, getting to know acquaintances better and making knew friends. Both ED Publications and DJ Platypus and all the plat crew did an AMAZING job. Best awards show ever. And to all of the nominees, congrats. Both Wild J and I wish everyone a very prosperous upcoming year.”
—Michelle Snyder Mowery, Wild J’s Gentleman’s Club

“Once again thank you for your hard work to bring together another wonderful and productive show for us, and I am certain for all of the other vendors as well. Our second EXPO was very productive and the people and the ED staff were very welcoming. We look forward to continuing and growing our relationship with your organization and the adult nightclub industry. Again, thank you for all you do.”
—Alan Brickman, Joe Hand Promotions

 "I thought the show was fabulous. The buyers and owners I spoke with were the quality I look for. The show was well put together, everyone I interacted with from your team was enthusiastic and helpful­—they were ready and willing to assist in any way I needed them. The work behind the scenes was more than obvious. I know you all worked hard and it showed. Great job!!”
—Miriam Ramos, Platinum Processing

"I thought this was a good EXPO. I had a lot of my people at this one. I heard over and over from the veterans that this was one of the best if not the best EXPO and Tradeshow they had ever attended. Thank you for including Hal (Lowrie) in the Hall of Fame, it truly meant a lot to Troy and to me.”
— Micheal Ocello, VCG Holding Corp.

"ClubCam Systems had a highly successful 2013 EXPO. This was our fourth year as an exhibitor and definitely our best. We were very pleased at the caliber level of both individual and club chain owners who spent a great deal of time in our booth. The ambient sound from the main stage was much better controlled, allowing us to participate in some great presentations of our products with the attendees. Our phone and emails are still receiving follow up interest contacts from the club owners and DJs we met at the show.
“Also wanted to take my hat off to you for the caliber of the awards show at the House of Blues, it was definitely our favorite from the last four.”
— Don Kleinhans, ClubCam Systems

 "We would like to thank everyone at ED Publications for our greatest EXPO yet. We are still humbled and in shock from the Awards Show.We have been reading Club Bulletin for the better part of a decade. It has educated us on the different styles of clubs, legal issues, issues other clubs are dealing with, music and who the owners are and how they came to be. It has also educated us on products that we use.
For those vendors that don’t believe in the EXPO, this is for them. Without it we would not have developed relationships with Pure Risk Solutions, Platinum Poles, KG Furniture, Modern Line Furniture, Winston Hines, Voss Water, Joe Hand Productions, Omega Pattern Carpets, Eric Bernstein and Associates, Gent Club Shirts, EnteLeis, David Chesal, XGenRen and Royal Sovereign. The EXPO works.”
—Jerry Kim, Charles Bass, Darren Bass, Jordan Bass and all the staff at Babe’s NOLA

“I just wanted to drop a note and say BRAVO once again for a job well done!   Looking forward to 2014...”
—Ken DeGori

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