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Farewell Breakfast Brings Curtain Down on 1st Edition of THE Domain Conference - Debut Event Earns Stellar Reviews from Attendees and Sponsors Alike

The inaugural edition of THE Domain Conference came to a close Wednesday morning (Sept. 30, 2015) with a Farewell Breakfast in the 17th floor revolving meeting room that sits atop the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, in scenic Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  

The breakfast closed a busy and very successful show week that started back on Saturday (Sept. 26) with Pre-Show Cabana Networking around  the Pier 66 pool. Here are links to our daily coverage from THE Domain Conference featuring photos and highlights from each day's activity:

Photos & Highlights from Saturday Pre-Show Cabana Networking at THE Domain Conference in Fort Lauderdale 

Photos & Highlights from DOMAINfest at THE Domain Conference & TDC Cabana Networking Sunday

Photos and Highlights from THE Domain Conference's Opening Night Party Sunday Evening 

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

Photos & Highlights From the Final Business Day at THE Domain Conference Tuesday Including the Domain Industry Award Winners

The Farewell Breakfast that was open from 8am-11am Wednesday morning was a great way for guests to fuel up for their journeys home and say a leisurely goodbye to friends, old and new, over a last cup of coffee and bite to eat.

Above: Sedo's Negar Hajikhani (2nd from left) and Negar's sister (far left) join Diana Jackson and Zane Emilija (far right) in checking out some of the breakfast spread. 

Below: Braden Pollock (LegalBrandMarketing.com) and Elliot Silver (DomainInvesting.com) admire the spectacular 360-degree view of Fort Lauderdale from the top of the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel.

Above: A table for ten quickly fills up at Wednesday morning's Farewell Breakfast.

Below: THE Domain Conference Co-Founder Barbara Neu with long time friend Adam Dicker, the DNForum.com owner who came down from Canada to support the Neu family's new show.

Above: DNJournal.com's Ron Jackson and Above.com Executive Vice President Nancy Bianchi check out the view looking out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Below: These ladies would brighten up anybody's morning! Left to right are Diana Jackson, Barbara Sixto, Barbara Neu and Carmella Savanello

Above (left to right): Broker and Chinese market expert George Hong (Guta.com) with one of the most successful domain broker/investors of all time - Larry Fischer (GetYourDomain.com) and one of the industry's leading attorneys and entrepreneurs, Stevan Lieberman (APLegal.com).

Below: Barbara Dillman Neu makes sure every single attendee feels welcome and right at home as industry newcomer Steven Verdugo (son of veteran domain investor/developer George Verdugo) found out at the Farewell Breakfast Wednesday morning. Barbara made sure Steven went back to Kansas City with a very positive impression of the domain business and the people in it.

Above: Above.com's team at TDC (left to right): Aaron Kvitek, Victor Pitts and Nancy Bianchi, get in a little last minute work over breakfast before heading home.

Above: THE Domain Conference's three  Co-Founders - Howard & Barbara Neu and their son Ray Dillman Neu - were delighted with the support and positive feedback they received from guests and sponsors at their first solely owned show. As most of you know, all three were instrumental in staging the pioneering T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference for 10 years. When Co-Founder Rick Schwartz decided to retire after last year's 10th Anniversary edition of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. the Neus decided to carry on with a new show of their own - one they have put their personal stamp on with a formula everyone we talked with agreed was a winner.  

They have already begun planning for their 2016 show - most likely at the same venue as it was a hit with attendees, offering excellent accommodations, good food and a great location - all at a very affordable price.  I was also impressed by the fresh, informative programming and a much larger group of sponsors in the Exhibit Hall than we have seen in recent years. New gTLD registries had an especially high profile with lead sponsor .CLUB, Donuts Inc., Minds+Machines and others turning out in a big way to support the event.  The quality of attendees (including veterans and ambitious newcomers alike) did not go unnoticed either. For their first time out with TDC I don't see how things could have gone much better for the Neus, a feeling reflected in their thumbs up as the curtain came down Wednesday. 

(Posted October 1, 2015)

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