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Rapidly Growing Internet Commerce Association Lands Industry Leader Daniel Law as Executive Director 

The Internet Commerce Asoociation (ICA) is a non-profit industry trade association that has been fighting for domain owner's rights ever since its founding in 2006. Still, things have never come easy for the group. Domain investors are used to operating independently so getting them to organize has always been a challenging task, even when doing so would be in 

their best interests. However, thanks to the tenacity and commitment of a handful of dedicated board members (who knew the effort was too important to give up) and a 10-year track record of outstanding work on behalf of domain owners by the ICA and its Legal Counsel Phil Corwin, the organization  has made major strides in the past year with membership levels hitting new highs.

With that growth has come a critical need to fill an Executive Director position that has been vacant for several years (a result of unavoidable cost cutting measures taken to keep the ICA alive long enough for hoped for industry help to arrive). While the financial battle is far from won, the ICA's growing strength convinced long time industry leader Daniel Law to accept an offer to take the ED position on an interim volunteer basis - welcome news that ICA Board Member and Nat Cohen shared with members today. While this is being called an interim step, if the ICA continues its upward trajectory in membership growth, there is a widespread desire among current members to keep Law (who has already been a long time ICA supporter) in that role and make the position permanent. 

Daniel Law
ICA Executive Director

I've known Daniel since he entered the industry as Sedo's Director of English Operations in 2003 and he has a remarkable resume. Sedo hired the U.S. Army veteran (who was also a UN Peacekeeper!) as soon as he graduated from Columbia University in New York City (he enrolled at the Ivy League school after concluding his military service). After nearly 3 years at Sedo, Law became the Co-Founder and COO of NameDrive (a popular domain monetization service) in 2006 and served there for 5 years. In 2011 it was on to another successful start up as Co-Founder, Director and COO at Rook Media AG (another top tier monetization service). Law spent another 5 years with Rook and is now involved with several enterprises including domain registrar Sombrero.de (which he founded) and monetization firm Innovation RPM  (where he is Co-Founder, Director and President).

Beyond the resume, Daniel is a highly respected family man and valued friend to people throughout the industry who should be an ideal fit in the ICA's Executive Director role. If you are not already a member I urge you to get on board and help accelerate the ICA's momentum. You will find membership information here (it starts at just $50 a month for an individual membership).

A couple of other notes for you today - including one on filling another some other important roles with a major industry organization. The Public Interest Registry (PIR) - the nonprofit organization that administers the .ORG, .NGO and .ONG TLDs - 

is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations is this Sunday, December 11. The positions are compensated at up to $12,000 annually (plus reimbursement of travel expenses) but a solid resume is required. You can get all of the details here

I also wanted to follow up on a story I told you about a few weeks ago when preparations were underway for an annual charity golf tournament in southern California that benefits wounded U.S. military veterans. The Semper Fi / America’s Fund Charity Golf Tournament was staged  November 14, 2016 at Orange County's Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club with domain industry veteran Brandon Abbey (the former President at Escrow.com who is now a Senior Advisor at Payoneer.com) again helping organize the event. 

The final tally of receipts and donations is now in and Abbey told me the tournament raised over  $150,000 for the Semper Fi and America’s Funds - funds that were doubled to over $300,000 thanks to The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation (representing the Founder of GoDaddy and his wife) agreeing to match funds raised by the tournament. While that was more than enough good news for Brandon, his four-man team also wound up tying for 1st place in the tournament - making it a perfect day in every way. 

One of the teams tied for #1 at the 2016 Semper Fi / America’s Fund Charity Golf Tournament November 14 at the Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club in Orange County, California included (left to right): Rick Booth, former NHL hockey star Teemu Selanne, Davey Lind and Brandon Abbey.

(Posted December 8, 2016) 

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