2019 EXPO | August 11-14

What is the Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show?


The Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show — popularly known as the ED’s Awards Show — is the ONLY national awards show for the multi-billion-dollar gentlemen’s club industry and is produced by ED Publications. Established in 1998, the ED’s Awards Show is the marquee event of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, the only national convention & tradeshow for the gentlemen’s club industry since its inception in 1993.

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The ED’s Awards Show honors the country’s top gentlemen’s clubs, touring feature entertainers and club staff. The categories for clubs and entertainers have evolved over the years to keep pace with the industry’s evolution. Today, awards are given to clubs in four regions—East, South, Central and West—with designations for Club of the Year and “Small” Club of the Year in each region (“small” club is determined by physical size or the size of the market in which the club is located). There are also club awards for “Feature” Club of the Year (clubs which book touring feature entertainers regularly), Urban Club of the Year, International Club of the Year (clubs outside of the U.S.), and Club Chain of the Year (“chains” are club brands which own multiple locations, such as Rick’s Cabaret, Deja Vu, Spearmint Rhino, Penthouse Clubs, etc.).

The most prestigious club awards isOverall Gentlemen’s Club of the Year,” a category which typically boasts eight-to-ten nominees from across the U.S. These are clubs that have either won or were nominated in their award region multiple times.

The ED Awards also honors club staff, as they are the ones largely responsible for helping their clubs achieve their success. There are three categories for staff awards: General Manager of the Year, Club Employee of the Year and DJ of the Year.

In the Entertainer award category, there are six awards presented each year. They include Newcomer Entertainer of the Year, Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Adult Movie Entertainer of the Year, International Showgirl of the Year, Miss ExoticDancer.com of the Year, and the top award for entertainers, Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year. The criteria for the Overall Entertainer of the Year category has remained steady since the award’s inception: Nominees for this award include the top “showgirl” entertainers who also have the most club bookings. Each of these Entertainer of the Year nominees perform live during the Annual ED’s Awards Show.

Beginning in 2014, however, two Entertainer of the Year nominees were gathered from the Annual EDI (Exotic Dancer Invitational) contests, which are also produced by ED Publications. The top winners from the EDI East and EDI West contest are automatic nominees for Entertainer of the Year, while remaining Entertainer of the Year nominee(s) are chosen by the online nominations voting process.

Finally, ED Publications inducts at least one industry professional each year into its Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is reserved for those individuals who have helped improve or transform the gentlemen’s club and/or feature entertainment industries over the course of their career.

How are the nominees and winners decided?

For almost a decade now, the balloting process for the ED’s Awards Show has been conducted online (previously, all balloting was done through the mail on paper ballots). It starts with the “Pre-Nomination Voting Ballot,” where anyone from the gentlemen’s club industry can log on to the ED’s voting website (theEDawards.com) to vote for those clubs, entertainers and staff who they feel deserve to be included on the Final Ballot. The Pre-Nominations ballot closes after a two-week period (typically in May), and the ED staff views the results before determining the clubs, entertainers and club staff who will make the Final ED’s Awards Ballot.

Once the Final Ballot is completed, it is also posted online at theEDawards.com for voting. The Final Ballot remains open for at least two weeks (typically in June), but the winners are not disclosed until the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO is held (the EXPO is scheduled for August 11-14, 2019, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas).

When are the winners announced?

ED’s Award Winners are announced each year at the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. But because it is impossible to capture people’s attention for a three-hour-plus awards show, ED Publications moved several award presentations to the EXPO’s Opening Night Party (held each year the night before the main ED’s Awards Show). Between eight and ten ED’s Awards are handed out during the well-attended Opening Night Party; these awards typically include the club staff awards, as well as many of the entertainer awards. The remaining awards are handed out the second night of the EXPO (typically a Tuesday night), and these awards include the gentlemen’s club awards, Hall of Fame award(s) and Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year.

EXPO 2018 VIP Packages

2019 VIP Package

VIP 2019 house 1Treat yourself like the VIP you are!

You offer your customers the VIP experience, now it’s your turn to be treated like the rock star you are! Gentlemen’s clubs pride themselves on providing VIP service and amenities, so we have copied that format and created a VIP experience for club owners at EXPO with the Premium VIP Registration Package!

You deserve to be treated like a “VIP.” And why not? We all like to feel special and appreciated, and feeling like a “VIP” can turn a night out or a vacation into an unforgettable experience. If you’d like to get something more from your EXPO experience, the Premium VIP Registration is for you.

“VIP packages have become standard in the entertainment industry,” says ED’s Dave Manack. “Whether you’re talking about concerts, major sports or nightclub events, we as the consumer now have the opportunity to ‘upgrade’ our experiences. It was a natural progression for us to upgrade the EXPO experience, especially as our convention’s theme revolves around the ‘business’ of throwing the best possible party in your club. And selling the VIP experience is certainly part of the ‘party business.’”

 

Be part of EXPO

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We'd love to feature YOUR photos in our 25th EXPO retrospective!

 
While we have literally thousands upon thousands of EXPO photos from the past 24 years, we want to see EXPO from your eyes. That's why we're asking all previous EXPO attendees to send us their favorite photos—funny photos, sexy photos, memorable photos—from EXPO over the years. We will be showcasing these photos at the EXPO itself on a huge screen outside of the Tradeshow, in our EXPO "Yearbook" issue, and via our social media leading all the way up to the 25th Gentlemen's Club EXPO at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (August 27-30). 
 
Please send your favorite EXPO photos to Kevin@exoticdancer.com
We'll be sure to give you credit and will make sure we tag you when the photo is shared on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter. We can't wait to see everyone at the "Silver Anniversary" EXPO in Las Vegas!

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

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@ Goose Island Pub
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check 2017 Noon - 8 pm Exhibitor Set-Up
check 2017 4 pm - 6 pm ACE National Board Meeting
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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

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Panel: Crisis Control—
Remedies NOW for future events
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Club Owners are from Mars Staffers are from Venus
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check 2017 8 - 9 pm The ED Awards Reception
@ The Joint at Hard Rock
check 2017 9 - 11 pm The ED Awards Show
@ The Joint at Hard Rock
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

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Legal Panel: The what, why & how of
Converting Dancers to
Employees
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How to get the most out of your audio, video and stage lighting
check 2017 2 pm - 5 pm Pool Party & Bikini Contest
@ Hard Rock's Breathe Pool
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Closing Night Party & International Features Smackdown Showcase
 

Attendee Info 2018

 
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Here's why you can't miss EXPO 2018!

EXPO 2018 attendees can count on three days of must-attend seminars and panel sessions geared toward club owners, general managers, DJs, security staff and other key club personnel; two days of a 100-booth Tradeshow with vendors showcasing their latest products and services; the Opening Night "Kick-Off" Party and Pre-ED Awards presentation; the EXPO "Chill Day" and Bikini Contest; and the Annual ED's Awards Show, the only national awards show honoring the industry’s top adult nightclubs and feature entertainers.
 
“From the outside looking in, (EXPO 2017) certainly appeared seamless. 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” 
—Industry veteran and ED Hall of Famer, Michael J. Peter

EXPO 2018 AGENDA:

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SUNDAY, August 19

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Pre-show Party: Panda Awards Party
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 MONDAY, August 20

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NEW: The On the Couch Series
CHOOSING the Party

—Fresh, out-of-the-box parties that attract
your next-gen customers  Click here!
check 2017 Noon - 12:45 pm PROMOTING the Party
—Rising above the static to grab those
millenials & centennials  Click here!
check 2017 1:15 - 2 pm EXECUTING the Party
—Step-by-step event instructions
for your staff  Click here!
check 2017 2 - 6 pm Tradeshow Open
check 2017 9 pm - Midnight Opening Night Party, early ED Awards
@ Hard Rock's Vanity Nightclub
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 TUESDAY, August 21

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Continental Breakfast
check 2017 11am - Noon NEW: How to stop a shooting incident
Security expert Robert Smith and
a panel of experts will discuss this impactful
topic and 
showcase live-action
demonstrations Click Here!
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Turn your staff into sales superstars!
Featuring world-renown speaker
Bob Brown
  Click here!
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check 2017 8 - 9pm The ED Awards Reception
@ The Joint at Hard Rock
check 2017 9 - 11pm The ED Awards Show
@ The Joint at Hard Rock
check 2017 11pm - 2am
Awards Show After-Party
@ Centerfolds Cabaret

 register button sm2018WEDNESDAY, August 22

check 2017 10 am - 2 pm Registration Desk open
check 2017 10 - 11 am Continental Breakfast 
check 2017 11 am - Noon Bonus Seminar:
SUCCESSION PLAN

—Establishing a plan for your
financial future
 with guest speaker
Lee Resnick  Click here!
check 2017 11 am - Noon
Bonus Seminar:
PARTY-VIBE MUSIC

—Is it time to reevaluate your club’s
music format?
 
check 2017 Noon - 1:30 pm LEGAL PANEL
—Sexual harassment, the #metoo
movement and your club  Click here!
check 2017 2 pm - 7 pm Religion Tequila presents the EXPO
"Splash Bash" and $10,000 Bikini Contest
@ Hard Rock's REHAB Pool  Click here!

 

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