2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East conference
officially got underway Sunday (Oct. 20)
at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Florida's
Fort Lauderdale Beach. Registration
opened at 12 Noon and 30 minutes later
champagne and mimosas were flowing at
the opening day Cabana Party on the Ritz
Carlton's pool deck.
Schilling (InternetTraffic.com) and Ammar
at Sunday's poolside Cabana Party
that kicked off the 2013 T.R.A.F.F.I.C.
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. attendees visiting the
Above.com cabana Sunday.
Truc Tran (domain investor from
Oslo, Norway) with
Above.com's Nancy Bianchi Sunday at
the Above.com cabana.
4:30pm T.R.A.F.F.I.C. held their
traditional orientation session for
first time conference attendees. Show
organzers told us nearly a third of
this year's T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East
registrants have never been to a domain
conference before. That is a good sign of
growig interest in the industry.
5:30pm it was time for
T.R.A.F.F.I.C's traditional Opening Night
Cocktail Party held on the 4th floor
of the Ritz where guests enjoyed a birds
eye view of the Atlantic Ocean through the
floor to ceiling windows.
those at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s Opening Nght
Cocktail Party were (left to right) Steve
Kaziyev, Jason Schaeffer, Dan
Adamson, Cate Colgan, Russ
Goodwin, Dave Evanson and
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder Howard Neu.
hghlight of the cocktail party for
a lot of us was seeing veteran domain
investor Roy Flanders walk into the
room. Roy, who lives on Nantucket
Island in Massachusetts, has
been battling some major health issues
over the past year or two and travel is
not easy for him so we weren't expecting
him to make the trip. Roy said he decided
to do it at the last minute and we
are certainly glad he did. I'm hopeful his
return to T.R.A.F.F.I.C. will be as
therapeutic and uplifting to him as seeing
him was for us.
Flanders (right) with Ari
Goldberger Sunday night
at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s Opening Night
the cocktail party a large group of
attendees who do business with Frank
Schilling's companies - InternetTraffic.com
- boarded buses for a short trip up N. Ft.
Lauderdale Beach Boulevard to the S3
Restaurant where Frank hosted a dinner
party for his many clients and
Frank Schilling, standing at far left,
addressing his guests at the S3
Restaurant Sunday night on Fort
Lauderdale Beach. With over 90 guests
on hand Frank had to gve his welcome
message twice to cover the two
rooms needed to seat everyone (the shot
above covers ony about a quarter of the
crowd in one room)..
(left) and T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Co-Founder Rick
Schwartz took the opportunity to
promote their .Coms vs. New gTLDs
Battle Royal that was the highlight of
Monday's agenda at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. (as
expected it turned out to be one of the
most entertaining and informative
conference sessions of the past decade -
more on that in tomorrow's post as
sessions I need to cover are are still
going on as I write this).
Rick Schwartz throws a
"haymaker" at Frank Schilling
Sunday night - a prevew of what he said
was to come during their debate today.
Afer their "fisticuffs" Frank
and Rick, who are longtime
friends despite their differing views on
new gTLDs, kissed and made up
(well...at leas they made up, I'm still
trying to get them to kiss as that would
be the picture of the year).
At the end of the night, a group of the
last Schilling dinner guests to leave
posed for the group photo below
(Frank is third from the left in the front
row with Ammar Kubba sitting on his lap
(don't ask!). By the way, domain industry
veteran Monte Cahn, at far right in
the front row, is also an investor in the
popular S3 Restaurant that hosted the
I noted earlier the Monday's first full
day of business at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is still
underway as I write this. I'll have all of
the Monday photos and highlights from
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. in my next post from Fort
Lauderdale Beach tomorrow.