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Photos & Highlights From the First Day of Business at THE Domain Conference Monday in Fort Lauderdale

The first full day of business at the inaugural edition of THE Domain Conference (TDC) Monday (Sept. 28) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was a busy one, running from 9am to well past midnight at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel

Above: The first session was an excellent one featuring a half dozen experts from different regions around the world who provided an update on The Domain Industry Around the World. Business conditions can vary dramatically from one region to another and the panelists detailed what was happening in hot spots around the globe. From left to right on the dais are Alfredo Pinochet (LatinTLD), George Hong (Guta.com), Dan Schindler (Donuts Inc.), Michael Gilmour (ParkLogic.com), Ilze Kaulins-Plaskacz (ExcellentDomains.ca), Sevan Derderian (Uniregistry.com) and moderator Howard Neu.

Above and below: In the second session WordPress expert Brett Napoli of AmbitionInsight.com provided some terrific insight into how to build a successful website.  There are a lot more necessary elements than you might think and Brett coverer them all in this session, as well as in individual or small group workshops he hosted throughout the day.

Above and below: THE Domain Conference has the busiest Sponsor Exhibit Area we've seen at a Florida show in years. With hot Coffee.club coffee and desserts on hand to help fuel conversation, it has been a very popular meeting place.  

Above: Another shot from the exhibit area with the .CLUB booth in the background. .CLUB is TDC's Lead Sponsor this year.

Above: Verisign sponsored Monday's luncheon that featured a very interesting talk on the 30-year history of .com from Verisign's Senior Product Manager Duane Bailey.

Below: The Verisign luncheon attracted a full house with an excellent array of food from the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 kitchens.

Above: Morgan Linton (FashionMetric.com) delivering a fascinating keynote speech during the luncheon, detailing the remarkable journey he and his wife Daina have taken to turn their company into one that is positioned to dramatically change the way people buy clothes online. I learned a lot I didn't know that only reinforced my opinion of Morgan from the first day I met him - that he is an exceptionally smart, motivated entrepreneur, as is Daina - and that this couple is going to achieve great things.

Below: Dr. Gregg McNair (PPX International Chairman and philanthropist) being interviewed by Jothan Frakes in an illuminating fireside chat that kicked off the afternoon business session Monday. Gregg  has had success in many businesses both inside and outside of the domain world and his formula for success is one that will have inspired many to follow his example.

Above: Next up was a panel discussion about Opportunities in the Latin American Market (a perfect fit for the South Florida venue) that featured (left to right): Antony Van Couvering (Minds+Machines), Alfredo Pinochet (DotLatin), George Verdugo (VisitSpace.com) and Pablo Rodriguez (.PR Registry).

Below: In the following session,  .CLUB CMO Jeff Sass shared his business expertise in an interview with super moderator Braden Pollock (LegalBrandMArketing.com) at right.

Above: THE Domain Conference had a great agenda for its inaugural show including this lively panel discussion on New gTLDs - How Are They Doing in Today's Market? It featured (left to right) Jothan Frakes (FrakesOnAPlane.com), Solomon Amoako (Sedo), Colin Campbell (.CLUB), Dan Schindler (Donuts Inc.), Monte Cahn (RightOfTheDot.com), Alan Ezeir (Domain Cost Club), Antony VanCouvering Minds+Machines) and moderator Braden Pollock.

Below: The final session of the first business day was a wide ranging State of the Industry From Heads of the Industry panel discussion moderated by Michael Cyger. On the dais (left to right) are Chad Folkening (Bidtellect.com), Ron Jackson (DNJournal.com), Tessa Holcomb (Igloo.com), Scott Richter (Media Breakaway), Jeff Sass (.CLUB) and Chris Sheridan (Weebly.com).

Above and below: Of course the end of the business day just means its time for the evening networking to get started! That often includes private company dinners where service providers thank friends and clients for their support. These shots are from a dinner hosted by Donuts Inc. at the popular Yolo Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.  At top (left to right are): Kimberly Zadroga (101Domain.com), Braden Pollock (LegalBrandMarketing.com), Michael Gilmour (ParkLogic.com) and Marcus Jackson (GoDaddy.com). In the photo below Morgan Linton (left) fresh of his triumphant keynote speech earlier in the day) is congratulated by THE Domain Conference Co-Founder Howard Neu at Yolo.

Above and below: After dinner, Igloo.com hosted a party open to all TDC attendees in their private suite at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel. Other than the banner at the door (above) there wasn't much indication that anything was going on inside. But once you opened the door and went inside, as you can see below, it was a different story !

The Igloo.com party went on way past midnight Tuesday morning. As I write this, the second and final business day (Tuesday) is winding down,  though there will be more social activity tonight, as well as the Farewell Breakfast Wednesday morning in the revolving meeting room at the top of the Pier 66 Hotel. That being the case I won't have a chance to put together the Tuesday-Wednesday highlights until we are back home in Tampa Wednesday evening since will be heading out right after saying our goodbyes at breakfast (always one of my favorite events). Though it is not over yet, to this point TDC has been outstanding by every measure and appears to have secured a permanent place on the conference calendar tanks to the hard work of co-founders Howard, Barbara and Ray Neu

(Posted September 29, 2015)

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