May 25, 2012 |
Neustar Domain Names

Your Favorite Account Manager In The Domain Industry Is…


Last week, I asked you to nominate your favorite account manager / account representative in the domain industry. I was very happy to see that nearly 30 dedicated individuals from more than 15 companies were nominated by happy clients. Several account managers were nominated by more than one person.

Over 1,000 votes were cast in the poll, and I am happy to announce that the winner of the $500 cash prize is Brian Kleiner from Afternic, who was first nominated by Mike “Zappy” Zapolin. There were three people who nominated Brian, and his clients were very supportive of him in this vote.

Neil Kavanaugh, Vice President of Sales and Customer Service at Afternic, had great things to say about Brian:

Brian eats, sleeps and breathes the domain business. It comes as no surprise to me that he has been recognized by his customers and colleagues for his outstanding efforts. Brian came to AfternicDLS with a tremendous background in web and lead-gen businesses, and he’s been able to leverage that experience to help his loyal customer base identify great domain opportunities. He has also been a great role model to his peers on the AfternicDLS sales team who have learned from his unique skill set and dedication to his customers.

There are a two large companies I also want to commend. NameMedia, whose Afternic, Buy Domains, and SmartName business units had a total of seven nominees (Aaron Visaggio, Christina Forker, Dave Helgeson, Molly Reimer, Patrick Calvoni, and Rich Green. Go Daddy also had seven nominees (Brad Larson, Tess Diaz, George Eblacker, Marc Gawith, Brett Meyers, Pete Davis, and Russ Dailey).

It was great to see so many nominees and so many companies represented in this poll. Keep up the good work and great client service. Congratulations to Brian!

TRAFFIC Las Vegas Dates Announced


Earlier this year, Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu announced that they were considering adding a Las Vegas TRAFFIC conference to the 2013 calendar (in addition to the October conference in Florida).

TRAFFIC has been held in Las Vegas before, but it has been a few years since the last event (I think the last one was 2009, when the domain industry conference calendar was packed).

After reaching out to people within the domain industry for feedback on holding a Vegas conference, the conference organizers confirmed that Las Vegas would be a venue, and TRAFFIC will be hosted by the Bellagio Hotel. This morning, Rick Schwartz announced that TRAFFIC will run from Wednesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 1 (closing breakfast). Ticket prices and ticket sale dates have not yet been announced, but I am sure those details will likely be forthcoming in a few months.

TRAFFIC Ft. Lauderdale will be held October 7 – 10, 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton. Conference tickets are currently selling for $1,595.