2019 EXPO | August 11-14

EXPO 2017 Recap

Gentlemen’s Club EXPO 2017:  An event worthy of a 25-Year Celebration

 25th EXPO held August 27-30 at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas

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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 Silver Anniversary. Throughout the four-day convention experience, industry luminaries offered their praise and congratulations as the industry celebrated 25 years of its only 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.”

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EXPO 2016 Recap

24th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

 August 7-10, 2016 at The Hilton Riverside in New Orleans

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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.

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EXPO 2015 Recap

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23rd Annual Gentlemen's Club EXPO
We brought it to the Big Easy!

New Orleans hosted 2015 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, August 23-26 at the Hilton Riverside

Though the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO had its home in Las Vegas for two decades, the time was right in 2015 to move the convention to the east and to a city that, although very different, holds much of the allure of Sin City.  But it’s also filled with historic landmarks, incredible food—and, of course, the legendary Bourbon Street. That city, of course was New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The 23rd Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO was held August 23-26, 2015, at the Hilton Riverside Hotel. The EXPO featured a two-day EXPO Tradeshow, three days of educational panel sessions including the return of the very popular “Staff Training Seminars,” while evening events will included the “Opening Night Bourbon Street Pub Crawl,” the 18th Annual ED’s Awards Show at the historic Civic Theatre, and a “Chill Day” Steamboat Party aboard the Creole Queen.

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EXPO 2014 Recap

22nd Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

 August 17-20, 2014 at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

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Multi-billion-dollar adult nightclub industry once again converges on Las Vegas for its annual gathering, the 22nd Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

EXPO highlighted by first-ever “Staff Training Seminars,” hot-button legal panels and the “Chill Day” Pool Party and Bikini Contest 1


If the 2014 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO (August 17-20, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas) proved one thing, it’s that the EXPO isn’t just for club owners anymore. In fact, while the 22nd Annual EXPO brought in hundreds of adult nightclub owners from across the U.S. and around the world, scores of club staff also attended the EXPO, including general managers, floor managers, DJs, waitstaff, security and more.  A focal point for these club staffers was certainly the two days of “Staff Training Seminars” offered at the EXPO, seminars which targeted very specific areas of club operation including management, security, bartending, waitressing, DJs, promotions and social media, along with an impressive Keynote Address from Renegade Hospitality’s Tim Kirkland which exemplified the EXPO’s theme, “Formula Win: Turn Your Staff Into a Winning Crew.”

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EXPO 2013 Recap

21st Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

August 20-23, 2013 at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

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Christina Aguchi, Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas take home top honors at ED’s Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show during 2013 Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO
ED Publications honors the “best-of-the-best” during industry’s only national awards show at the industry’s national convention: The “ED EXPO”

Clearwater, FL — For the 21st straight year, an entire industry—a multi-billion-dollar industry—came together for three days of networking events, seminars, exclusive parties, a packed tradeshow and an industry Awards Show. The Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO, held August 20-22 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, boasted one of the event’s highest attendance, including club owners and operators, DJs and other club staff, feature entertainers, industry pros and many more.  

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EXPO 2012 Recap

20th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

 2012exporegAugust 26-29, 2012 at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

Produced by ED Publications, the EXPO celebrated its anniversary in style with a three-day Tradeshow & Convention, including the 15th Annual ED’s Awards Show

The 2012 Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO—which marked the 20-Year Anniversary of the industry’s annual convention and tradeshow—was held with great fanfare this past August 26-29 at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.  Produced annually by ED (EXOTIC DANCER) Publications, this year’s convention celebrated a true milestone for the multi-billion-dollar gentlemen’s club industry.

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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 31 to receive substantial discounts on Attendee Badges and Awards Show tickets.  Go to the Special Discounts page for more details.

AWARDS SHOW TICKET DISCOUNT:
While online or on the phone, be sure to order your awards show tickets for the 2019 EXOTIC DANCER Awards Show on Tuesday night during EXPO 2019; awards show tickets are regularly $89 each but can be bought at the discounted rate of $69 per ticket through May 31.

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We encourage you to book your room today at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino since we sell out of our block of discounted rooms every year. Book your room by calling 1-866-317-1829 and requesting the "Gentlemen's Club EXPO 2019" special rate. The room rate is $79 a night Sunday through Wednesday (and is $209 for Saturday since it is a weekend night). Ask about special rates in the 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.

Here's what our attendees had to say about EXPO 2017!

"Don (Waitt) and Dave (Manack), just a quick note to applaud you gentlemen on an exceptional production! Congratulations on 25 brilliant years of your careers. From the outside looking in it certainly appeared seamless. I hope it went as well for you old pros from the inside as it appeared to your consumers. 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 for this industry and more. The Recycled Percussion band was fantastic!! It felt like real Vegas Showroom entertainment. Give yourselves a pat on the back and kiss your staff. The 25th Anniversary magazine was a real treat and I know it was thousands of hours collectively and mucho dineros to give us a bonus. A special touch above and beyond, you all deserve the utmost respect." - Michael J. Peter, ED Hall of Famer, Solid Gold owner

"You made the 25th Anniversary of the expo one to remember. It really is fantastic to reconnect with all of the ED staff in person, and even more this year. The panels were all great, informative, lively, and seriously attended. I had more traffic and serious contact as an exhibitor this year than probably the last three Expos combined.  Excellently organized, easily navigated venue at the Hard Rock." - Winston Hines, Realtor, HWH Properties

"It really is fantastic to reconnect with all of the ED staff in person, and even more this year. The panels were all great, informative, lively, and seriously attended. I had more traffic and serious contact as an exhibitor this year than probably the last three Expos combined.  Excellently organized, easily navigated venue at the Hard Rock. You could see the efforts, of everybody, to make this year a success. Can't wait until next year!" - Brian Hopkins, On the Border, Franklin, WI

"I just wanted to say a quick thank you (to the whole ED Family) for a great show and providing such a great format that allows us to interact, have fun and market our business to this industry!! Awesome job and the whole staff is so cool and easy to work with!" - Warren Cato, CEO, Club Control Systems

"I’d like to personally thank everyone for an incredible 25th Anniversary ED EXPO week. Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who made the PANDA Awards possible again this year. Thank you to all the Features and Showgirls and Entertainers who make our jobs possible each and every night. None of us in this industry would be here without all of you. I know there are so many I haven’t listed here but please know I do appreciate you all. Thank you and here’s to 25 more years ED Publications!" - Dane Hansen, Centerfold Cabaret, Las Vegas, President of PANDA

"This EXPO was truly a VIP learning experience! Thank you for the timely seminars and the networking opportunities with our friends from National ACE and club owners from throughout the USA. Once again, our club and ACE chapter will benefit from the knowledge shared by the masters of our industry!" - Jill Chambers, Executive Director, ACE of Georgia

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

Here's what else our attendees have to say about EXPO!

“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 their 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

“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 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
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