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Opening Day Photos & Highlights from the 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas Conference: Cabanas, Cocktails & Canadians!

The 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas conference officially got underway Wednesday (May 29) at the dazzling Bellagio Hotel. The day began at mid-morning with multiple events at the show's poolside cabanas. Elliot Sllver (at left in the photo below) and Lonnie Borck were among the first on the scene on a day blessed once again with perfect weather. Elliot and I will be among seven industry reporters featured in a Blog Roll panel discussion this afternoon at 12:45 (Las Vegas time).

At the same time T.R.A.F.F.I.C. staffers were welcoming guests at a couple of cabanas, Tessa Holcomb and her teammates from newly christened Igloo.com (formerly DomainAdvisors.com) were in an adjacent cabana hosting a coming out party to celebrate the company's cool new name (a scene from that event is in the photo below).

Throughout the day guests drifted from cabana to cabana, thoroughly enjoying the chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Four of those on hand (left to right in the photo below) were Ron Wells, Diana Jackson, Oscar Correa and his wife Crystal (who, by the way, Oscar first met at a domain conference)!

I mentioned that T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is a great place to make new industry friends and with many first time T.R.A.F.F.I.C. attendees at this week's show there were ample opportunities to do that. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. makes newcomers feel at home with a special orientation session that is offered before the show's Opening Night Cocktail Party. In the photo below conference co-founder Howard Neu is at the podium providing advice on how new attendees can get the most out of their week at the big show.

At 5:30pm it was time for the traditional T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Opening Night Cocktail Party, held in one of the Bellagio's spectacular ballrooms. This is always an electrifying event in a room filled with tremendous energy, great food and drink and some of the brightest and most creative people you will ever come across. They filled every corner of the ballroom as you can see in the photo below.

The cocktail party was scheduled to run for two hours (which seemed to go by in two minutes) but people hung around for more than half an hour after the slated closing time because they didn't want the conversations to end. Attendees came from every corner of the globe. In the photo below Domain Hall of Fame member Dr. Chris Hartnett (at right) enjoyed meeting India's Anshul Goyal (from Email.biz) who was attending his first T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference. 

One thing you can always count on seeing at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is Barbara Neu (below) taking photos - LOTS of photos - that have helped preserve the history of a conference that will be 9 years (and 25 shows) old in October when the next event will be held at the Ritz Carlton on Florida's Fort Lauderdale Beach. 

Among those contributing to the invigorating global flavor of T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s opening event were Mr. and Mrs. Truc Tran (below) who came from Norway. Truc (who, as a child, was a Vietnamese refugee that wound up in Norway after his family was picked up at sea by a freighter from that country) has become a conference regular and one of the most popular attendees. His positive energy and zest for life is contagious, making him someone that is always a joy to be around.

In the headline I mentioned Cabanas, Cocktails and Canadians. So, where are the Canadians? Well, I saved four of my favorites for last (left to right in the photo below are industry veterans Marty Kaulins, his sister Ilze Kaulins, Nancy Haroutunian and her husband Wayne Haroutunian

After a great opening day of social activity, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. gets down to business today with four panel sessions and the live domain auction that starts at 2pm (local time). Coming up tonight at 9 is the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Water Night Vegas Charity Party sponsored by NameCheap. That event, benefiting the Water School, will be held just across the street from the Bellagio at the PBR Rock Bar. I'll have the photos and highlights from today (and tonight's) activity for you in my next post from Las Vegas tomorrow morning.

(Posted May 30, 2013)

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