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Opening Day Photos & Highlights from T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Sunday in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida

After two days of pre-show networking, the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference officially got underway Sunday (Oct. 7) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach. The registration desk opened at 12 noon and by mid-afternoon cabana row and the pool deck was taken over by domain investors.

Many of the more than 300 domain investors from around the world in Fort Lauderdale for 
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012
converged on the  pool deck at the Ritz Carlton Sunday afternoon (Oct. 7).

At 6pm the show's first official event, the welcoming cocktail party got underway in the Ritz's 4th floor concourse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 attendees enjoying the opening night cocktail party Sunday evening.

 

Veteran domain investor Roy Messer (left) and investor/developer 
Braden Pollock
at the opening night party.

The T.R.A.F.F.I.C. party ran until 8pm but the evening was just getting started as several invitational corporate events at nearby beachfront locations got underway soon after the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. party wound down. DomainSponsor had a private dinner for some of their clients, NameJet welcomed guests to a party at the Casablanca Cafe and Afternic had a well attended soiree at the Exit 66 night club.

A scene from NameJet's Sunday night party at the Casablanca Cafe.

Afternic's party helped the company publicize a series of new developments at the popular aftermarket service, including a partnership with Domain.com, a completely revamped Afternic website and hints of  other major initiatives to be announced before the end of the year. 

The Domain.com deal was part of an  exclusive partnership with Endurance International Group, a top ICANN-accredited registrar and provider of web hosting and online services to small and medium-sized business, that was officially announced today. Endurance will join the Afternic reseller network, incorporating Afternic’s massive inventory of fast transfer-enabled domains on several Endurance brands including Domain.com.

Afternic COO Jason Miner, who was on hand to welcome guests Sunday night, said  “Endurance International Group is one of the top three largest registrars in the world and we’re thrilled to have them join Afternic. Our mission is to connect sellers of premium domains with buyers anywhere in the world."

Frank Schilling of DomainNameSales (center) and 
T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
Co-Founder Rick Schwartz (right) were 
welcomed by NameMedia VP Bob Mountain when they arrived 
at Afternic's party at the Exit 66 night club Sunday night.

A scene from the Afternic party at the Exit 66 night club 
Sunday night on Fort Launderdale Beach.

The top executives from Afternic and parent company, NameMedia, including one of the best CEOs in any business, Kelly Conlin, were on hand to chat with their guests. Kelly told me that the company's recent upgrades are also being accompanied by streamlined branding as Afternic across their sales and monetization offerings (the AfternicDLS name will be retired). 

Once the Afternic party wound down well past midnight, the hardiest night owls made their way to PPX International Charman Gregg McNair's suite at the Ritz where things were still going strong when we left at 1:30 Monday morning. Gregg's traditional late night gatherings insure that sleep is the one thing that is in short supply at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.

NameMedia CEO with T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder Howard 
Neu
at the Afternic party Sunday night at Exit 66.

Rick Schwartz (right) and Howard Neu welcoming
attendees to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. 2012 Monday morning (Oct. 8).

As I write this, the first full day of business is underway after show co-founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu officially kicked things off with their welcoming comments this morning (Oct. 8) at 9:30. Today's agenda includes four business sessions (one a 10am Meeting of the Chiefs: Health of the Industry panel discussion that I will be part of).  

The day will close with T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s live domain auction followed by a speed networking session. The official T.R.A.F.F.I.C. party, sponsored by Michael Mann's DomainMarket.com, will be held tonight. I'll have photos and highlights from all of the Monday activity for you in tomorrow's Lowdown post.

(Posted October 8, 2012)


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