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EXPO-2013-Logo-hires422th Annual Gentlemen’s Club Owners EXPO
August 20-23, 2013 at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

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.  

As is the case each year, the EXPO’s highlight event was the 16th Annual “ED’s” Awards Show, held this year on August 21st at the House of Blues and sponsored by Anheuser-Busch. Anchored by Awards Show host, comedian Adam Hunter and including special guest appearances by Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and Pantera/Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul, along with command performances by the four Overall Entertainer of the Year Nominees—Lacey Rain, Krystle Cummings, Christina Aguchi and Dakota Skye—the Annual ED’s Awards Show presented awards to the industry’s top adult nightclubs and feature entertainers. The two top awards—Overall Feature Entertainer of the Year and Overall Club of the Year—went to Christina Aguchi and Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas respectively. (See complete list of winners below.)

“With its fast pace, engaging special presenters and amazing feature entertainer performances—not to mention the great live music provided by Las Vegas’ own Brazen—this year’s ED’s Awards Show will certainly go down as one of the best ever,” says ED’s Associate Publisher Dave Manack, noting that other “big winners” include Rick’s Cabaret for Club Chain of the Year, Hall of Fame inductee (the late) Hal Lowrie of the PT’s Showclub chain, Darling Danika for Newcomer of the Year and Suzie Malone for Club Favorite Entertainer of the Year. “We not only salute each and every club and entertainer who won this year, but all of the deserving nominees as well. It is our privilege to be the only national awards show for this industry, and we enjoy celebrating the best-of-the-best each year.”

But of course, the ED’s Awards Show is only one facet of this annual convention. This year’s “Money EXPO” featured seminars dedicated to either making or saving club operators money right now, and boasted EXPO Keynote Speaker Steven Hirsch of Vivid Entertainment. The Opening Night “Game Show” Party at the Hustler Club saw feature entertainer Jayden Cole win the first-ever “Stripper Jeopardy,” while “bachelorette” entertainer Richelle Ryan was chosen by the “bachelor”—Charles Bass, co-owner of Babe’s Cabaret in New Orleans—during the “Dating Game.”  The entertainment continued at the EXPO Tradeshow Mainstage, where several of the industry’s top DJs combined their skills with the industry’s hottest performers to ensure that the EXPO Tradeshow would be alive and kicking for two straight days.

“We pack three days full of seminars, networking events, private parties and our Tradeshow with the hope that every attendee gets their money’s worth,” says Manack. “We appreciate every single guest who joins our annual Vegas get-together, and we’re already looking forward to EXPO 2014!”

For more information and coverage on EXPO 2013—The Money EXPO—please (727) 726-3592.

Click images below to see EXPO 2013 Recap:

Coverage of the EXPO 2013 Workshops and Panel Sessions

mccumber-workshop— The "Make Money" Workshop —
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).

gino-lopinto1-copy— How to become #1 in your market—
Gino LoPinto is an independent Las Vegas nightclub, restaurant and gentlemen’s club consultant (now with the E11EVEN Miami club, set to open in January 2014) who owns/operates Vegas Alliance and is the CEO of Glo Global. Most recently, LoPinto was hired as the Director of Operations for the Hustler Club in Las Vegas in 2012 before assuming his current position with E11EVEN. 

bob-johnson-workshop— The "Save Money" Workshop —
To become a more profitable club operator, it’s not just about making money—it’s also about saving money and cutting wasteful expenditures. At EXPO 2013, our panel of experts assisted clubs of all sizes in those crucial endeavors with advice tailored to specific areas of club operations.

keynote-copy— Vived Entertainment's Steven Hirsch —
In the realm of adult entertainment, few have equaled the success of Steven Hirsch. As founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment Group—the most recognizable brand of adult film both in America and internationally—Hirsch’s version of erotica has systematically transformed the ‘dirty’ movie business into the mainstream entity and pop culture powerhouse audiences relish all over the world. As the EXPO 2013 Keynote Speaker, Hirsch shared his experience of rising to the top of the adult entertainment industry, and the tools he used to get there.

Coverage of the EXPO 2012 Workshops and Panel Sessions

12EXPO gray2— Spearmint Rhino’s John Gray —
John Gray took the adult nightclub industry by storm when he arrived in 1991, opening the first Spearmint Rhino Club in Upland, CA. Over the next dozen years he turned Spearmint Rhino into a full-fledged adult nightclub chain, introducing 24 new club openings over that period.
While opening 24 clubs in 12 years was certainly an accomplishment worthy of recognition, what truly separated Spearmint Rhino from other club chains was that half of those clubs were located overseas in England, Russia, and Australia, establishing John Gray and Spearmint Rhino as a true worldwide presence.

12EXPO joe1— Mons Venus’ Joe Redner —
In Tampa, some politicians vilify Joe Redner as “the ultimate outsider,” while residents consider him a local legend. But in our industry Joe Redner, owner of the famed Mons Venus adult nightclub, carries the title “father of the lap dance.” One of the most multi-faceted club owners in the history of our industry, Joe is a very vocal advocate of Libertarian principles. He has waged dozens of legal battles with the Tampa city council, which has tried to place restrictions on the city’s adult nightclub industry for three decades.

12EXPO legal— Nothing’s certain but death ...and the pole tax? —The EXPO 2012 Legal Panel
The 2012 Expo legal panel focused on the two main threats that have recently plagued adult nightclubs in several states and are expected to be on the horizon in several more very soon: Customer head taxes, commonly referred to as “pole taxes,” and comprehensive, all encompassing, industry-killing “community defense acts” (CDAs), usually spearheaded by Religious Right moral bully organizations, such as Citizens For Community Defense, which has a primary goal of eliminating adult entertainment from the landscape of America.  

12EXPO dd— The Do’s and Dont’s of Twitter and Facebook —
For over a decade now, marketing experts have been telling adult nightclub operators—in the pages of the Club Bulletin and at the Annual EXPO—how critical it is to have an Internet presence. The focus has often been on creating a website for the club, a place where the club can promote itself with club information, photos, directions to the club, a calendar of events, etc.

12EXPO dj— It’s time to face the music! —
Music has always been one of the most hotly debated subjects with club operators, DJs and entertainers alike. Three of our EXPO 2012 “Time to Face the Music” workshop speakers are either current or former DJs—two are now also club operators, which gives them a very unique perspective on this subject. This DJ workshop was designed to provide tops on how club owners and operators can get everyone in the club on the same page, playing music that best suits the clientele, or desired clientele. To provide this advice, we enlisted the expertise of David Boehm, Chris London, Tim Rhodes and Bob Chiappardi.

12EXPO promo— Football can save your club! —
Whether it’s the Super Bowl, the Final Four, an MMA pay-per-view event or simply another week of Monday Night Football, when properly promoted, sporting events can bring customers—both new and old—to your club. Okay, that’s nothing new; strip clubs attract guys, and guys like sports. And as long as there have been strip clubs with televisions in them, men are delighted to enjoy the best of both worlds.

thumb 12EXPO dimetim— Design on a Dime! —
As an extension of the new and popular, “Club Renovation Profile” and “Club Renovation Survival Checklist” sections the Club Bulletin, EXPO 2012 featured our first-ever “Design on a Dime” Club Renovations Workshop & Roundtables, where top industry club designers and vendors will tell EXPO attendees how they can transform their club with a renovation. This “Design on a Dime” Workshop provided club operators with advice and specific suggestions on how they can change the look and presentation of their club —or, at least, a specific area of their club—for under $10,000 (hence, the “dime”).    

2012 Recap
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