LOS ANGELES — Fresh on the heels of the successful Miami XBIZ Retreat, organizers of the most exclusive event for adult retail industry leaders have announced Jan. 15-19 as the dates of its upcoming winter 2018 edition.
The all-inclusive, invite-only XBIZ Retreat allows top adult retail vendors and buyers to participate in one-on-one private meetings and exclusive networking opportunities, while enjoying a VIP experience that includes dinners and evening entertainment.
As part of the XBIZ 2018 events series, XBIZ Retreat attendees also will be invited to attend the annual XBIZ Exec Awards, along with other special events, including the highly anticipated, star-studded XBIZ Awards.
XBIZ Associate Publisher Sara Ramirez said that the XBIZ Retreat on track to be the biggest ever, with high-end amenities geared and memorable experiences with colleagues and potential business partners.
“January’s XBIZ Retreat participants have the unmatched opportunity to present their products and services to peers seeking fresh offerings for the New Year,” Ramirez said. “The timing is perfect for business; plus there’s the joy and excitement surrounding our award shows and other XBIZ 2018 special events.”
The most recent edition of the XBIZ Retreat, which was held in Miami earlier this month, was the largest XBIZ Retreat gathering to date. With more than 100 participants, the daily schedules featured up to 14 one-on-one meetings.
“The turnout for XBIZ Retreat Miami was incredible and we’re extremely pleased with how productive the XBIZ Retreat Miami was for everyone that participated,” Ramirez said. “The response has been overwhelming; thank you to everyone that participated and made this event our biggest one yet.”
The XBIZ Retreat has been lauded as the most stimulating, intimate and valuable business event, listing a “who’s who” of the industry’s most revered movers and shakers.
“Another great XBIZ event, well organized and of great value to buyers enabling easy access to brands in a conducive environment,” LonBrook Director Michael Bassett said.
Say It With A Condom CEO Benjamin Sherman said, “As a first-time exhibitor at this show, it provided us with ample opportunity and time to forge new relationships with the people who make the purchasing decisions.”
Carolyn Eagle of Betty's Toy Box, said, “As a first-time attendee, I was blown away by the level of organization and professionalism at this event. I was able to make connections with manufacturers and wholesalers, as well as other retailers that will be invaluable to my business and myself. What I came away with far exceeded my expectations.”
ElectraStim Sales Manager Brad Taylor said, “As an overseas company trying to make as many waves as possible in the North American market, XBIZ Retreat is the ultimate shortcut to getting in front of scores of real decision makers in our industry.”
Deja Vu’s Megan Swartz said, “I always enjoy attending the XBIZ Retreat because it is a great way to build on current relationships and create new ones. Sara, Ariana and the entire team at XBIZ go above and beyond for the customers to ensure that the experience is not only fun but a great opportunity to network.”
Kathy Henry of Xcite Lingerie & Clubwear, said, “I enjoyed the XBIZ Retreat, great event, great time meeting new companies and new contacts.”
Babeland’s Phoebe Grott said, “The format of private appointments and group activities at the XBIZ Retreat creates an unparalleled opportunity for buyers to learn about new products from top manufacturers, as well as spend time with the professionals representing the brands, thereby ensuring successful working relationships for years to come.”
Clandestine Devices’ Kimberly Faubel said, “The XBIZ Retreat is the perfect combination of business and pleasure. The one-on-one time with existing and new partners is invaluable and we can all let our hair down and unwind together when the day closes. We were able to participate on a panel and get a lot of business done in Miami! It was our first time at the XBIZ Retreat and it was our most successful B2B event that we have been to. Thank you to the buyers and to Sara, Ariana and everyone that helped make the retreat happen!”
Loretta Goodling of Excitement Adult Stores, said, “XBIZ Miami was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting face-to-face with the vendors behind the products we carry in store. I made great contacts for staff training and got to see the hottest new pleasure products on the market. Everyone was so pleasant. Not bad for a work trip!”
Dame Products’ Savannah Robertson said, “XBIZ Miami allowed more networking opportunities with the right people than any other industry event.”
Entrenue’s Kim Maty said, “I love attending the XBIZ Retreat. It offers such a great environment to connect with customers and vendors that I don't get to spend enough time with at other shows. Thank you XBIZ and Sara for doing such a great job at organizing us all! You deserve an award!”
Adam & Eve’s Chad Jenny said, “XBIZ has one of the key shows I attend every year. I just attended my 10th XBIZ and the opportunities are still there every show.”