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Photos & Highlights from Sunday's Opening Day & Night at THE Domain Conference  in Fort Lauderdale

The 2016 edition of THE Domain Conference (TDC) officially got underway Sunday night (September 11) at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The day began with another round of the pre-show poolside cabana networking that began Saturday when the first early birds arrived. It ended late last night with the official Opening Night Cocktail Party in the revolving Pier Top room that caps the Pier 66 Hotel.

As you can see from these photos the show venue provided a spectacular tropical setting for the event that debuted last year under the direction of Co-Founders Howard Neu, Barbara Neu and Ray Dillman Neu

At right: The entrance to TDC's private poolside cabana networking area.

Below: TDC attendees enjoying a beautiful Florida day Sunday at TDC cabanas (Photos above and below courtesy of Barbara Neu).

Above & below: The Verisign cabana, one of several sponsor cabanas that ringed the pool, won the award for best booth display. Cabana visitor David Warmuz (Above.com), seated at left, dropped in to see Verisign Director of Strategic Account Management Tim Switzer (seated at right) and Verisign Senior Product Manager Duane Bailey (standing).

Above: After dark it was time for TDC's official kickoff - the traditional Opening Night Cocktail Party. Among the first to arrive were (left to right) Kaitlyn O'Connor, TDC Co-Founder Barbara Neu, Steven Kaziyev (NewYorkMedia.com) and TDC Co-Founder Ray Dillman Neu (Ray and Kaitlyn are engaged and planning an April wedding)!

Below: The party was held in the revolving meeting room that sit on top of the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel, 17 floors up, giving guests a spectacular 360-degree view of the Fort Lauderdale area. While the view was incredible attendees were more focused on catching up with each other!

Above: TDC Co-Founder Howard Neu with Kamila Sekiewicz (ICA Operations Manager) and, at right, Andee Hill (Donuts Inc.). Kamila and Andee have played instrumental roles in helping the Internet Commere Association grow and fulfill its mission to protect the interests of domain investors and developers.

Below: The opening night party had two purposes - to kick off the conference and to also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ICA!

Above: ICA Legal Counsel Phil Corwin (with Board Member Nat Cohen behind him) tells the audience about the ICA's 10-year history of protecting the rights of domain industry investors and developers and thanks them for their support of the organization.

Below: ICA members in attendance gathered for a group photo after Phil's talk.

Above: After celebrating the ICA's continued growth and success, attendees continued to enjoy the opening night of THE Domain Conference. Here is a group of domain guys from around the globe -  (left to right) David Warmuz (Australia), Ron Jackson (USA), European trio Frederick Schiwek, Axel Kaltz and Jochen Kieler, and Mark Thomas (USA).

Below: Still, as always, Dr. Chris Hartnett is the coolest guy in the room! (photo from Barbara Neu)

Above: (L to R) Barbara Neu, Ilze Kaulins-Plaskacz (ExcellentDomains.ca) and Diana Jackson say goodbye as a delightful opening night at the TDC comes to an end. 

Now it's on to business with two full days of keynotes speakers, panel discussions and non-stop networking today and tomorrow, followed by Wednesday morning's Farewell Breakfast. I'll have all of the photos and highlights from Monday's first day of business in my next post from Fort Lauderdale. 

(Posted Sept. 12, 2016)

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