Since 1972, Topco Sales has been manufacturing some of the highest-quality adult novelty products available on the market today. Yellize Clark, sales consultant with Topco Sales, sat down with me recently to share a little about her career and what makes Topco products incredibly popular.
C.J. Asher – First of all, thank you for this interview, Yellize! Tell us a little about yourself.
Yellize Clark – You are very welcome, and thank you for interviewing me. Well I’m Yelli Clark, thirty-two years old from Los Angeles, CA. I have a BA in Child Development and am working on AA in Sociology. Totally not related to the industry, huh? You would be surprised. My adventures in the adult industry started when I first started college. I needed a new job to help me pay for all of the items I would need for school. So, I mentioned to my family and friends that I was actively seeking a job with a flexible schedule. My family friend Bon Bon, who has worked in the industry for many years, suggested an adult company that was hiring. I applied for the job and I became a sales assistant and back up receptionist for them. This is where my love for the industry started. Once I graduated, I decided I wanted to stay in the business and went to work for Holiday Products/Classic Erotica. There I became a salesperson and was managed by one of the best leaders this industry has, Mr. Ken Sahns. He taught me to always love what I do and to always be honest. That honesty will get you through doors a lot quicker. I pride myself in being an honest salesperson. I rather under-promise and over-deliver than weasel my way in. I left the industry for a few years and started my family. It wasn’t long before I yearned to be back. As of eight months ago, I started working for Topco Sales. They welcomed me into their growing family and I couldn’t be happier.
C.J. Asher – Tell me about Topco Sales, what types of products you sell, its history, etc.
Yellize Clark – Topco is one of the founding fathers of the Adult Novelty industry. We became an established company in 1972 and became one of fourth largest adult novelty company in the United States. We pride ourselves in all product we create. Quality is our number one factor. We create all our own molds and make our cosmetics in house in the U.S. With that said, our number one selling item is our Cyberskin line. It was created in 1996 and it’s still the most realistic “skin” product out in the market. Many have tried to replicate it, but it has never been duplicated.
C.J. Asher – What is your title and role with Topco Sales?
Yellize Clark – I am a sales consultant. I work with few distributors and larger chain store in the U.S., as well I handle all of the international Spanish-speaking countries.
C.J. Asher – How has working in your industry impacted your personal and professional life? Do family and friends know what you do and are they supportive of it?
Yellize Clark – I don’t let my work affect my personal life. Sometime the adult industry is thought of as being negative, so there is different ways how I explain what I do. It just depends on who and the time and place. However, when I do get the chance to talk about what I do, I always make sure I let people know that I promote happiness and confidence in your sexuality; that my profession isn’t something taboo. As for my children, they just know Mommy works in an office and I sell things. As they get older, I will explain to them what I really sell.
C.J. Asher – What’s the most stressful part of your job?
Yellize Clark – I think all jobs have some of the same stresses. Just mainly day to day office work and making sure our products being placed out in the world. Topco as a whole has gone through some changes, so building that trust with our customers is my main goal and focus right now.
C.J. Asher – What’s your best-selling product, and what makes it so popular?
Yellize Clark – We sell a lot of our Cyberskin line and we added the Twerking Butt recently to the line. It’s an electric thrusting, heating, and twerking masturbator. It comes with virtual reality goggles that you can place your phone inside and watch porn. We teamed up with Pornhub to make this experience happen. It’s the first of its kind and we are extremely proud that we were able to bring high-tech technology to the adult novelty world.
C.J. Asher – Who is your typical client base?
Yellize Clark – Everyone! We have product to every type of person.
C.J. Asher – How do you feel that novelty items help couples to enhance their sexual activity and their relationships?
Yellize Clark – We live in a society where people want the NEW factor. So, bringing in something like a toy gives your sex a little boost. I feel like society now is more open to toys than they might have been before. Main stream media can be credited for that. I also think it helps you build trust in your partner. Your deepest sexual secrets are exposed and now your partner knows your sexual fantasies and your true sexual needs, creating a closer bond.
C.J. Asher – Where can customers go to purchase your products?
Yellize Clark – You can go to realtors around the world or http://www.topcotoyz.com.
C.J. Asher – What’s the hottest trend in adult novelty products right now?
Yellize Clark – I think a lot of people are looking into technology-driven products and more sophisticated items.
C.J. Asher – What sets your company apart from other companies in the adult novelty market?
Yellize Clark – It’s hard to set yourself apart now a day. There are new manufactures coming into the business every day. What I think makes us different is that we have always stayed true to who we were. We stand by our brand and we stand by our company.
C.J. Asher – What are your favorite industry-related events to attend and exhibit at?
Yellize Clark – I love ANME, you get one on one time with your customers and it’s always great showing off our new products.
C.J. Asher – What new and exciting products do you have coming out in the near future?
Yellize Clark – We have a lot of product in the works right now. We recently expanded our cosmetics lab in Simi Valley, CA and we’re excited to start launching some new cosmetic lines.
C.J. Asher – Tell me some of the compliments you’ve received from your customers.
Yellize Clark – We are always complimented for our quality. Recently, we have had a lot of compliments of the repackaging and cohesiveness of the lines under the Topco name.
C.J. Asher – What celebrities has Topco Sales worked with and are endorsed by?
Yellize Clark – We have had a lot of “IT” porn stars, Penthouse Girls, etc. We are currently working with Farah Abraham from Teen Mom and Celebrity Big Brother.
C.J. Asher – What nominations and awards have you received?
Yellize Clark – We have won several awards throughout the years but the most recent one was for our Twerking Butt, we won the O Award from AVN for Outstanding Power Product.
C.J. Asher – What social media sites can your customers follow you at?