EXPO 2016 Recap
24th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO
August 7-10, 2016 at The Hilton Riverside in New Orleans
Monroe’s of Palm Beach, Lacey Rain and Scores Holding win big at 2016 ED’s Awards Show, while seminars cover host of hot topics including the 2016 Presidential Election, how to stop an active shooter situation, social media trends, urban clubs and much more!
Held for the second straight year in the Big Easy, the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO (produced by ED Publications) once again celebrated the best-of-the-best with the adult nightclub industry’s only national awards show, the ED’s Awards. On August 9th, the Harrah’s Theatre inside Harrahs’ Casino played host to the 19th Annual ED’s Awards Show, where Lacey Rain was presented with the Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year Award. Three other “major” award winners of the night included Monroe’s of Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, which took home the prestigious Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year Award; Scores Licensing was voted the industry’s Club Chain of the Year; and club veteran Dennis DeGori was inducted into the ED Hall of Fame. The show was hosted by no-holds-barred comedian Colin Kane.
“Our Entertainer of the Year nominees—Lacey Rain, RubberDoll and Angela Sommers—each put on mesmerizing live performances, showcasing exactly why each was a fitting nominee for Entertainer of the Year,” says ED Publications’ Associate Publisher and ED’s Awards Show co-producer, Dave Manack, noting that the fourth Entertainer of the Year nominee, Miss Mena, was unable to attend the EXPO and thus did not perform. “And out of our eight deserving Club of the Year nominees, Monroe’s of Palm Beach emerged as the industry’s top venue for 2015/2016, which is a testament to how hard owners Scott & Jennifer Lizza, GM Joe Bee and the rest of the staff at Monroe’s have worked to make this club one of the very best in the country in a very short period of time.”
In total, 22 ED’s Awards were presented to adult nightclubs, feature entertainers and club staff at EXPO 2016. While the majority of these were handed out at Harrah’s Theatre, nine ED’s Awards were given away at the Opening Night Party and Pre-ED Awards at the elegantly rustic Republic NOLA nightclub on Monday, August 8th. These included all of the staff awards (Employee, DJ and GM), as well as the first-ever “Urban Club of the Year” Award. (The 2016 ED’s Awards winners are featured on p. 26-27 and p. 36.)
The 24th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO was held once again in New Orleans at the Hilton Riverside, and included four days of educational seminars, a two-day, 100-plus-booth tradeshow, networking events, the ACE National (Association of Club Executives) board meeting, and fun events such as the Opening Night Party, Bikini Bowl-A-Rama and Closing Night Bourbon Street Bash.
“We had some of the strongest seminar presentations we’ve ever had at this year’s EXPO,” says Manack. “These included our first-ever seminar on urban adult nightclubs, featuring DC Glenn of Tag Team (‘Whoomp There It Is’) fame, the ‘power of positive leadership’ presentation by motivational speaker Willard Barth, Robert Smith’s (Nightclub Security Consultants) seminar on how to prevent and/or handle active shooter situations, and that’s just a few of the seminars EXPO attendees experienced.”
Coverage of the EXPO 2016
Workshops and Panel Sessions
When it comes to being a more profitable club, small club operators often don’t have the budget to hire ‘experts’ or pour thousands into an advertising budget. Instead, they have to find a way to succeed with a small staff and a do-it-yourself attitude. Our panel of experts gave our workshop attendees the real nuts-and-bolts advice on how they can make their clubs more profitable—today—operating within a budget that is realistic for them (and you). Read More
Each year at the Annual Gentlemen's Club EXPO, hundreds of business from across the U.S. and around the world represent themselves at the EXPO Tradeshow. The companies who've exhibited at the EXPO Tradeshow have shown a specific commitment to the adult nightclub industry, and represent a wide variety of products and services geared toward adult nightclub operators, feature entertainers and other industry pros. Read More
In one of America’s most historical cities, on the biggest stage in the industry and in front of a capacity crowd, the best of the adult nightclub industry were honored at the 18th Annual ED’s Adult Nightclub and Exotic Dancer Awards Show. As the glitter settled, famed “bad girl of burlesque” Roxi D’Lite danced away as ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year, Tootsie’s Cabaret in Miami Gardens was awarded Overall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year, and Spearmint Rhino was bestowed with the coveted Club Chain of the Year. This year’s show was held at the Civic Theater in downtown New Orleans on August 25th and hosted by Thea Vidale. Read More
"It's the most fun you'll ever have doing business." This has long been the motto of the Annual Gentlemen's Club EXPO, and it most directly refers to the evening parties and networking events held each year during the EXPO. Of course, it all begins with the Opening Night Party, the first official party bringing the entire convention together. The evening events and parties also include the Annual ED's Awards Show (see Awards Show), and previous EXPOs have boasted many themed Opening Night and Closing Night parties, dancer showcases, receptions and more. Click Here