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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. New York Conference Is Underway - New Cities for 2010 Shows to Be Announced Today

The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. New York conference got underway last night with a welcoming cocktail party at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott. A good crowd was on hand (show organizers said approximately 270 people has registered) despite conflicting dates with the ICANN meeting currently underway in Seoul, Korea that siphoned away a considerable number of people who would have been at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. otherwise. 

Scene from the welcoming cocktail party that kicked off the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 
New York
conference Monday night at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott.

Above (left to right): Alphan Culha (PPX International), Melissa Caputo (NameDrive.com) 
and Daniel Law (NameDrive.com) were among the opening night crowd.

Below (left to right): Also on hand were Larry Fischer (DirectNavigation.com), 
Michael Berkens (TheDomains.com), Lizzy Grant (New York based recording artist 
and daughter of domain investor/developer Rob Grant) and Judi Berkens.

While no official business was scheduled during the cocktail party, I picked up some interesting information in private conversations. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will reportedly announce their final show schedule for 2010 today and the line up of cities that were on a preliminary list that was circulated when Rick Latona joined show co-founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu as a partner has changed considerably. It has already been announced that T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will return to Las Vegas in January, but conferences in four new international cities will reportedly be announced - those being Milan, Italy, Vancouver, Canada, Dublin, Ireland and Hong Kong. In addition there will be a Florida show at about this time next year and it looks very likely that that show will be held on Miami's trendy South Beach.

Speaking of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. co-founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu, after last night's cocktail party they headed to the Marriott's private 23rd floor concierge lounge to meet with CNN anchorman Rick Sanchez who will deliver the show's keynote address at a luncheon today. Diana and I happened to be there getting a late cup of coffee when the trio arrived so I took the opportunity to snap a shot of them on the balcony overlooking the New York skyline.

(Left to right): Howard Neu, CNN anchorman Rick Sanchez and Rick Schwartz. Sanchez 
will delivere the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. keynote address at a luncheon this afternoon.

Industry companies often use T.R.A.F.F.I.C. to make their debut or to announce new products or services. DomainAdvertising.com was the first new company to introduce themselves while sponsoring last night's cocktail party. The company said their mission is to evangelizes the domain medium and its merits to key online ad spend controllers, and help these media buyers effectively use the domain channel. VP of Strategy and Business Development, Alap Ghosh, is here to tell the company's story and they have a double booth in the exhibit area that will make them easy to find this week.

I'm getting ready to head to the conference area now for the first full day of business and it will be a busy one, including the Rick Latona Auctions live domain auction starting at 4:30pm. The day will actually run into the wee hours of Wednesday morning since Skenzo's official show party that gets underway tonight at 9 (at popular New York night club Touch) will run well past midnight. I'll have photos and highlights from today's activities for you in this space Wednesday morning.

(Posted Oct. 27, 2009)


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