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Secret Millionaire Hosts South Florida Domainers Meeting  - Photos & Highlights From the Thursday Night Event in Boynton Beach

DomainHoldings.com Co-Founder John Ferber, who was featured on ABC-TV's Secret Millionaire program Sunday night, March 27, hosted a meeting of the South Florida Domainers group Thursday night (March 31) at his oceanfront home in Boynton Beach. Local groups like this are popping up around the country and are playing an increasingly important role in growing the industry by providing networking opportunities and educating local businesses and media outlets about the importance of domain names to online business success. By generously throwing his doors open to the South Florida group, John and his girlfriend, Jenna Wehner (who runs her own online business at UnrealDeals.com) gave the organization a huge boost with a record crowd of approximately 80 people turning out for the occasion.

Above: John Ferber, Jenna Wehner and their Yorkie Mason welcomed the South Florida 
group to their Boynton Beach home for a meeting/party Thursday night (3/31/11).

Below: Early arrivals begin gathering on John Ferber's pool deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

While most of the attendees came from nearby South Florida communities, one - veteran domain investor Steven Sacks - came all the way from Indiana. Sacks happened to be in town visiting his close friend, fellow Hoosier Chad Folkening, who is also a Domain Holdings Group co-founder.

Above: Indiana's Steven Sacks (center) traveled furthest for the event, followed by
Ron & Diana Jackson who made the four hour drive from Tampa to attend their first
South Florida Domainers group meeting. Diana is at left and Barbara Neu at right.

Below: John Ferber (center) shares ideas with Scott Ross (left) and Scott's 
son Evan (right) who is a rapidly rising young star on the Florida political scene.

Shortly after sunset the crowd gathered on the pool deck for a brief auction of domain names and paintings produced by a local artist, with all proceeds going to the charities that Ferber had already donated a total of $100,000 to in the Secret Millionaire episiode that aired March 27, 2011.

John Ferber (center) conducts an impromptu charity auction supported by attendees 
that ringed the pool (only a small fraction of the crowd is visible in the photo above).

Millions of people were moved by the generosity Ferber showed in the national telecast and made donations of their own to the causes he spotlighted. You can help too with a donation made through the Microgiving.com website that Ferber founded to help raise funds for worthy causes of all kinds. 100% of any donations made through this link - www.microgiving.com/profile/secret-millionaire  - will go to the organizations featured on Secret Millionaire

Ferber's partner, Chad Folkening, also spoke at the event and declared South Florida to be the "domaining capital of the world." Chad can make a persuasive case for that argument with many of the most successful domain investors in history living in the area (and many in attendance Thursday night incuding Michael Berkens, Zappy Zapolin and Alan Dunn, to name just a few). Several of the industry's most influential companies are also located in South Florida. 

The South Florida Domainers group (and their events) are being organized and led by (left to right in the photo below) Stu Maloff (StupendousDomains.com), Rick Waters (Webcast1.com) and Mike Ward (BocaNames.com). They are doing a great job of growing the organization and I'm sure they would be happy to provide advice for others interested in leading a similar group in their own community.

Our thanks Stu, Rick, Mike and especially to John Ferber and Jenna Wehner for being such wonderful hosts for this event.

Diana and I decided to stay over in South Florida for the weekend. To learn more about John and what he and his team are building at Domain Holdings Group LLC (a firm founded just last year), we visited the company's office in Delray Beach today (Friday, April 1). The enthusiasm and energy there is off the hook as you can see in the photo below.

John Ferber (front row left) and his team members at Domain Holdings Group LLC
are already making big waves in domain development, SEO and monetization.

I'll be sharing what I learned in a major profile that will be pubished this month. After the visit to John's office, he and Jenna joined several South Florida domainers, along with Diana and I for a wonderful lunch at Delray Beach's famous Sundy House (a boutique hotel and restaurant built on a stunningly beautiful property featuring lush tropical vegetation, fish ponds and waterfalls that transport you to another world).

Above: The lunch group at the Sundy House Friday, April 1 (clockwise from left 
to right) included Rick Schwartz, Alina Schwartz, Barbara Neu, Howard Neu
Jenna Wehner, John Ferber, Ray Neu, Diana Jackson and Ron Jackson.

Johh Ferber's many talents apparently include photography. He snapped the photo 
of his visitors below in the gorgeous gardens at Delray Beach's Sundy House. 

The weather is beautiful in South Florida this weekend and we are look forward to another group outing Saturday before heading back to our side of the state Sunday. I'll have more on how the rest of the weekend plays out for you on Monday and hope that wherever you are in the world, you are having a great weekend as well.

(Posted April 1, 2011)  

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