With traditional trade shows and award ceremonies off the menu, US publication XBIZ staged a virtual awards presentation on XBIZ.net in January, hosted by clinical sexologist (and pleasure products industry favourite) Dr Sunny Rodgers.
Among the winners in the retail section were We-Vibe [Luxury Pleasure Product of the Year for Wand Massager], LELO [Luxury Brand of the Year], Le Wand [Sex Toy of the Year – Non-Powered for Arch], Cute Little Fuckers [LGBTQ+ Pleasure Product Brand of the Year], XR Brands [BDSM Pleasure Products Company of the Year], Aneros [Sexual Health & Wellness Brand of the Year], Wicked Sensual Care [Sex Lubricant of the Year for Simply Aqua], Satisfyer [International Pleasure Products Company of the Year], Shots [International Distributor of the Year], Dame Products [Boutique Pleasure Products Company of the Year], Lora DiCarlo [New Pleasure Products Company of the Year], CalExotics [Pleasure Products Company of the Year – Full Range], Exsens [Sensual Bath & Body Product of the Year for Intime Balance], Hart’s Desire [Retailer of the Year — Boutique], SPAM (Sex Professionals and Manufacturers) Facebook Group [Retail Education/Training Program of the Year], Adam & Eve [Retailer of the Year – Chain], Nalpac [Progressive Distributor of the Year], and Entrenue [Distributor of the Year – Pleasure Products].
There were also awards for individuals, and the winners included Josh Ortiz of XR Brands [Brand Ambassador of the Year], Kit Richardson of Museum of Sex [Retail Account Exec of the Year], Stephanie Ingram of WOW Tech Group [Marketing Exec of the Year], Joey Teodoro of Shots Canada [Pleasure Product Account Exec of the Year], Paul Reutershan of Williams Trading Co. [Community Figure of the Year], David Ballow of Hustler Stores [Business Development Exec of the Year], Megan Swartz of Déjà vu [Progressive Leadership Award], Scott Watkins of Doc Johnson [Senior Leadership Award], Matthew Matsudaira of Pipedream [Chief Exec of the Year], Susan Colvin of CalExotics [Businesswoman of the Year], Joe Casella of Entrenue [Businessman of the Year], and Nanci Smith of Nanciland [WIA Woman of the Year].
Susan Colvin of CalExotics commented: “These awards are so meaningful to the CalExotics team. 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, but we persevered and worked hard for our customers. Thank you to everyone for your support. We appreciate you!”
Pipedream’s Matthew Matsudaira [pictured] said: “I am overwhelmed with gratitude to have been selected to receive this award and to have been recognised alongside so many great executives in this industry. It means so much to me to be recognised by my peers who are lifting up their own companies to new levels.”