Hard Rock Casino • Las Vegas • August 19-22 2018
Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO brings the industry together at Hard Rock Vegas
Held August 19-22, the 26th Annual ED Expo also boasted the “Party Business” seminars, a two-day Tradeshow and the 21st Annual ED’s Awards Show
August 27, Clearwater, FL: For decades, club owners, operators and staff have echoed the same mantra: “We throw a party every night in our club.” But what does it mean to plan, promote and throw a “party” in 2018? That was the theme of the 2018 Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, held August 19-22 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The EXPO annually brings together adult club industry professionals from across the U.S. and around the world for the only convention serving this multi-billion-dollar business.
This year, as in previous years, the EXPO featured several industry-specific seminars, networking meetings and events, a 100-booth Tradeshow, a $10,000 bikini contest (presented by Religion Tequila) and the Annual ED’s Awards Show (presented by Capital Hero). EXPO 2018 Title Sponsors included Capital Hero, Spearmint Rhino, Deja Vu/Hustler Clubs, Monroe’s of Palm Beach & The Manor, The Pony Clubs, The Penthouse Club, Scores Gentlemen’s Club, MAL Entertainment and Rick’s Cabaret.
Once again, ED Publications celebrated the best of the best in the adult nightclub industry with its 21st Annual Adult Nightclub & Exotic Dancer Awards Show — the ED's Awards — which featured top comedian Jessimae Peluso and was held at The Joint Theater inside the Hard Rock on Tuesday, August 22. Regional club awards were handed out, as were such national awards as Club Chain of the Year and Overall Club of the Year. For “feature” entertainers, six awards were handed out, culminating with the prestigious Overall Entertainer of the Year. In 2018, the evening’s big winners were E11EVEN in Miami, which took home Overall Club of the Year; Deja Vu/Hustler Clubs, which won the Club Chain of the Year Award; and Natasha Nova, who was crowned ED’s Overall Entertainer of the Year. Two executives — Spearmint Rhino’s President Kathy Vercher and RCI/Rick’s Cabaret’s CEO Eric Langan — were inducted into the ED Hall of Fame (a complete list of ED Award winners is attached). Click here to read more!!
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!
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.
The Annual Gentlemen's Club EXPO serves several functions. It brings the entire industry together. It celebrates the industry with its only national awards show. It educates the industry with informative seminars and panel sessions. It also allows club owners/operators, club staff, entertainers and industry pros to do business, as companies exhibit products and services designed for the adult nightclub industry in the EXPO Tradeshow. But of course, this is the adult nightclub industry—and the parties are just as much a part of the convention as the seminars and tradeshow. As we at ED Publications like to say, the EXPO is the most fun you'll ever have doing business. With events such as the Opening Night "Kick-Off" Party, the ED's Awards Show and After-Party, the Bikini Contest and Closing Night festivities, attendees will have a blast at EXPO!