ANME 2019: Pipedream pulls out, but January event set to be biggest so far

Posted: October 26, 2018

The next ANME Show is going to look a little different, with co-founder Pipedream Products announcing it will be withdrawing from the event in favour of focusing on more one-to-one contact with its customers – but its fellow co-founders say January’s ANME is set to be the biggest so far, with more space and new exhibitors.

Pipedream announced its withdrawal from ANME is a press release which emphasised that the company had just celebrated one of the best quarters in its history, which it attributed to a renewed focus on culture, operational efficiency, reliability, and product differentiation, along with a revamped product release schedule, sizeable investments in infrastructure, and a new customer-obsessed culture. And under its new management, these factors have resulted in a shift in the company’s priorities: “Our team can be of better service by being on the road and in our customer’s stores and offices,” explained Pipedream sales manager Miranda Doyle. “So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

Sales executive Mona Madrigal added: “Pipedream is taking chances, thinking differently and changing the game. Not only is it refreshing for us; it’s paying off for our customers. I know they appreciate the focused attention at one-on-one visits in their own backyard more than 30 minutes at a trade show.”

Pipedream CEO Matthew Matsudaira commented: “We will continue to focus on our customers’ success and work tirelessly for them, but ANME no longer fits our agenda. We’d like to thank the ANME show and the founders for a great run. We’ve enjoyed many years of successful shows, and we wish all our friends, customers and competitors well this year.”

The next ANME will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel from January 13th – 14th 2019 and, in a separate announcement, CalExotics and Doc Johnson said it was shaping up to be the biggest to date, with new opportunities for exhibitors and attendees plus a larger space expected. Susan Colvin, ANME founder and CEO of CalExotics, said: “We are eager for the January ANME. It has always been the best B2B show, and now with these new and exciting changes it will be even better!”

More space will give current vendors the opportunity to expand and upgrade their booths, along with allowing new businesses the opportunity to take part in the show. Ron Braverman, ANME founder and CEO of Doc Johnson, said: “For years we’ve had companies ask to be a part of ANME but we just couldn’t; we did not have the room. This next show is going to give us more possibilities, and we are thrilled about it.”

Advertising opportunities will also be available for the first time, giving vendors more exposure. Other changes are expected to include a fresh menu and the addition of activities for visitors. New and existing vendors are encouraged to contact ANME directly for availability and more information regarding the show. Visit or email for details.