XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products and Retail Conferences Speakers Announced

Ariana Rodriguez

LOS ANGELES — The speaker lineup for the XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products and Retail Conferences are now available on each event’s dedicated website.

On Jan. 9, the XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products, presented by Pipedream Products, will be held side-by-side with the XBIZ 360° Retail Conference, presented by Adam & Eve stores, at the luxurious Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles.

The XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products and Retail Conferences offer one-of-a kind sessions dedicated to practical information on each market segment delivered by some of the industry’s top pros. Some of the exciting sessions include Selling Online, Sex Toys in Pop Culture, The Future of Adult Retail, Gen-Y Shoppers and more.

Speakers slated to participate in XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products and Retail Conferences’ seminars consist of executives, industry bellwethers and experts from a variety of related fields. Among them are, Shaye Saldana of Steme, Sportsheets’ Tom Stewart, CalExotics’ Jackie White, LELO’s Donna Faro, Doc Johnson’s Chad Braverman, and “Sex Toy Dave” Levine, who will kick off with the seminar with “Trending Toys: Pleasure Products in Pop Culture” The seminar will delve into society’s celebrity-obsessed culture and its imprint on the pleasure products industry.

The XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products Conference also features the “Gen-Y: What’s Hot, What’s Not” panel discussion, as well as the “iToy: Hottest Trends in Sex Toy Design and Technology, with moderator, Aneros CEO CT, Jimmyjane founder Ethan Imboden, Alicia of JeJoue, Lovehoney’s Neal Slateford, Big Teaze Toys’ Tony Levine and FixSation’s Tiffany York. The conference’s multi-speaker panels conclude with “The Future of Pleasure Products” panel, featuring Pipedream's Nick Orlandino, CalExotics' Susan Colvin, Doc Johnson's Chad Braverman, Fun Factory USA's Frederic Walme and Lelo's Donna Faro.

Simultaneously, the XBIZ 360° Retail Conference will host its own slate of adult retail experts, including Adult Shop Builder’s Ken Hershkovitz, Priveco’s Tom Nardone, Gamelink’s Jeff Dillon and NETbilling’s Wendy, who kick off the conference with the seminar “Selling Sex Online: E-Commerce in the Social Media Age.”

The conference also includes the “Next Gen Sex Shops: Top Trends in Store Design and Merchandising” and “The Future of Adult Retail” panels, concluding with the “Tantalizing & Engaging: Direct to Consumer Marketing Today” panel. Additional speakers include Feelmore’s Nenna Joiner, Good Vibrations’ Coyote Days, The Pleasure Chest’s Kristen Tribby, Adam & Eve’s Bob Christian, Castle Megastore’s Mark Franks and HPPPA’s Tamara Bell Payton.

Presenting Sponsor Pipedream Products also will be speaking on the Future of Pleasure Product Merchandising with a dedicated workshop for attendees of both conferences, followed up by a pair of keynotes from industry luminaries including Jimmyjane’s Ethan Imboden speaking on pleasure products, and Peekay’s Phyllis Heppenstall, delivering her visionary talk on the retail market.

The XBIZ 360° Pleasure Products and Retail Conferences immediately follow the ANME Show, slated for Jan. 7-9. Transportation to the Sofitel Hotel from the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel will be provided to registered ANME attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. At the close of ANME on Jan. 9, 1 p.m., a shuttle will transport the first 80 ANME guests from to the Sofitel and back to the Marriott at 7 p.m., following the XBIZ 360 Kick Off Happy Hour.