2017 EXPO | August 27-30
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The Adult Nightclub Industry's National Convention, Tradeshow & Awards

Hard Rock Casino • Las Vegas • August 27-30 2017

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

PR EXPO2017 3September 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. 

A full list of 2017 ED Award Winners is enclosed. For more information on the 25th Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, please email dave@edpublications.com, call (727) 726-3592 or visit TheEDexpo.com.

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Three reasons you can’t miss the 25th Anniversary Gentlemen’s Club EXPO

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    It’s the entire industry in one place

    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!

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    It’s your chance to learn

    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.

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    It’s your chance to celebrate!

    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!

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What they are saying about EXPO 2016

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
EXPO 2017
    • Location

      Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
      Las Vegas, NV
      August | 27-30 | 2017

      Monday -
      Panels – Noon – 2PM
      Tradeshow – 2PM – 6PM
      Tuesday -
      Panels – 10AM – 1PM
      Tradeshow – 1PM – 5PM
      Wednesday -
      Panels – 10AM – 2PM

    • Title Sponsors

      DEJA VU

      MONROES Palm Beach


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