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Photos & Highlights From the Final Two Days at the NamesCon Global 2019 Conference in Las Vegas

The NamesCon Global 2019 conference concluded a successful 6th annual run at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon, January 30. The four-day event that drew domain investors, developers and service providers from around the world got underway on Sunday, January 27 (you can see  the opening day photos


and highlights here). NamesCon Global continued with another full day (and night) of activity Monday, January 28 (our day 2 photos and highlights are here). The big show then sprinted to its conclusion with another very full day and night Tuesday, January 30, followed by the lone event that brought the curtain down Wednesday - a two-hour roundtable brunch with industry experts. In this article we have the photos and highlights from the final two highly productive and entertaining days for you.

Above: The business day Tuesday (January 29) began with an excellent panel discussion titled Data Rules that detailed how the domain industry leaders on the dais use data to improve their businesses. The panelists included (left to right): Pinky Brand (RegistryOffice.com), Bhavin Turakhia (Directi, Flock & Radix), Rolf Larsen (.GLOBAL), Richard Merdinger (GoDaddy) and Akram Atallah (Donuts). 

Below: In the next session at 11am in the Keynote Hall, WP Engine Vice President of Strategic Relations Lisa Box provided some great insight into The Future of the Mobile Web. Lisa has also been the guiding light in developing the annual NamesCon Global Women in Domaining gathering into such an important event.

Above: Also at 11, but on the RegistryOffice Stage on the opposite side of the exhibit hall, Andrew Allemann (DomainNameWire.com), at left, interviewed Blake Janover (Home.Loans) and, at right, Mike Kugler (Vacation.Rentals) about their historic half-million dollar purchases of the new gTLD domains their businesses are being built upon.

Below: After the noon lunch break, Andrew Allemann moved over to the Keynote Stage to join three colleagues on a panel discussion presented by the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) about Verisign's recent price increase for .com domains. Left to right are Elliot Noss (Tucows), moderator Derek Newman (Du Wors LLP), Andrew Allemann and ICA Legal Counsel Zak Muscovitch.

Below: At the same time the session above was running in the Keynote Hall, another popular event was happening on the RegistryOffice Stage - The DomainSherpa Review in which a panel of experts gave their opinions on the value of domains owned by attendees who wanted valuation estimates for their names. The panelists (left to right) were moderator Tess Diaz (DomainSherpa), Shane Cultra (DSAD.com), Andrew Rosener (MediaOptions.com and current DomainSherpa owner) and Michael Cyger (DNAcademy.com and DomainSherpa Founder).

Above: Throughout conference week, attendees also had an opportunity to visit dozens of the industry's leading service providers in the NamesCon Global Exhibition Hall. This group, including industry veteran Deepak Daftari (at far left, from eSiksha.com) all came to the big event from India where they are involved in one of the world's fastest growing domain business communities.

Below: Lauren Tussey, Vice President of Operations at 101Domain.com, welcomes a visitor to the popular registrar's booth in the Exhibition Hall.

Above: At the Above.com booth we found (left to right) Above.com/Trellian CEO David Warmuz, ProtectedParking.com VP of Sales Marlon Phillips (who was visiting from his company's both adjacent to Above.com) and Above.com/Trellian Executive VP Nancy Bianchi.

Above: The Public Interest Registry's .ORG booth was also a popular stop in the Exhibition Hall. They had one of those walk-in chambers that blow money or paper objects in a vortex around you while you try to catch them. In this case, those brave enough to step inside tried to snare slips of paper that named prizes the visitor could choose from for playing.

Below: Donuts Inc. Senior Domain Consultant Jebidiah Burnett (center) chatted with a steady stream of visitors to the company's booth. Donuts is the biggest new gTLD registry operator in the world with more than 200 extensions in their vast portfolio.

Above: Sedo and sister company InterNetX used a huge stack of multi-colored plastic blocks to build their expansive booth at the Exhibition Hall's main entry way. Veteran domain investor Howard Hoffman (left) stopped by the booth to chat with InterNetX Marketing Team Leader Michael Piotrowski.

Below: Jodi Chamberlain (32Events.com) helped Radix Registry man (or in this case, woman) their booth. Here Jodi is seen with NamesCon Global attendee Prince Wyvener.

Above: After returning to the NamesCon Global stages at 2pm we found Cyril Fremont (.Best) in the Keynote Hall giving attendees details about the .Best Social Network.

Below: At the same time on the RegistryOffice Stage a fascinating panel discussion tackled Turning Chaos Into Growth: Sucessful Domaining in a Post-American World. It featured (left to right): Moderator Bob Mountain (Afternic), Mark Kychma (DNPric.es and Registra.rs), Tumay Asena (Nokta), Tony Kim (Hexonet), Stuart Fuller (CentralNic) and Jin Yang (GoDaddy).

Above: At 3pm in the Keynote Hall .GLOBAL CEO & Founder Rolf Larsen detailed Proven Strategies for Global Reach.

Below: Meanwhile, on the RegsitryOffice stage, the topic was The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in Premium Sales - a clever title for a panel discussion about the characteristics of success and failure for new gTLDs. The panelists were (left to right) Moderator Christa Taylor, Donuts Co-Founder Daniel Schindler and three representatives from MMX.co - Solomon Amoako, Michael Salazar and Tony Farrow

Above: NamesCon Global offers multiple ticket levels. If you get the VIP pass it gives you access to a very convenient lounge where you can find refreshments, a comfortable seat and table to get some work done or hold a meeting, or a place to just visit with fellow attendees you want to catch up with. Industry veterans Fred Mercaldo (left) and Rob Grant were among the familiar, friendly faces seem in the VIP Lounge this week.

Above & Below: In the final business session Tuesday, January 29, Wordnik Founder Eric McKean welcomed attendees to the Keynote Hall at 4pm for her presentation titled The More Language Changes. The brilliant lexicographer explained the main ways in which words are made in English, how to judge a word's staying power and how you can use this knowledge in the world of domains.

While the Tuesday business day was done the networking was not as NamesCon Global hosted a Closing Reception from 5pm-8pm that was open to all in the VIP Lounge. Below: domain investing legend Larry Fischer (left) and broker Tessa Holcomb chat with VPN.com CEO Michael Gargiulo at that event.

Above: Among those in the crowd at the Closing Reception Tuesday night were afterTHOUGHT Founder & CEO Ammar Kubba (left) and NameJet General Manager Jonathan Tenenbaum.

Below: When Kina Merdinian (Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Global Discoveries Network Foundation) decided to apply some lipstick before a took I shot of her and PerfectName.com Founder Greg Ricks, I suggested Greg might benefit from the cosmetic as well but he didn't seem to be fully on board with the idea.

After three full days and nights at NamesCon Global 2019 there was still one thing left on the agenda, the Expert Round Tables event that was held during a two-hour brunch from 11am-1pm Wednesday, January 30.

Above: The Expert Round Tables involved setting up five large brunch tables with an industry expert seated at each one to answer any questions attendees might have. The experts came from different sectors so guests could choose the ones of most interest to them. The experts included Bill Sweetman (Name Ninja), seen here at his table dispensing advice on Working with Domain Brokers. At other tables you could find Braden Pollock (LegalBrandMarketing.com) on Getting Started, Drew Walsh (Moving Sites LLC), on Developing Domains, Christa Taylor (DotTBA) on Applying For a TLD and attorney Derek Newman (Newman Du Wors LLP) for those needing Legal Expertise

Below: While picking up invaluable advice, attendees could  fuel up for their trips home with coffee, pastries and other light snacks.

Above: Fellow Floridian and long time friend Chad Folkening (VNOC.com) was among those on hand for the final event, Expert Round Tables, at NamesCon Global 2019 Wednesday, January 30.

Below: A full house at Braden Pollock's table Wednesday.

Now that this very well received 6th edition of NamesCon Global is history, conference organizers have already begun planning for the 2020 show that will be held in Austin, Texas with the dates and venue still to be determined. Whenever and wherever that turns out to be, it will remain a  must do event on the industry calendar. Our thanks to NameCon/Cloufest CEO Soeren von Varchmin, Senior Marketing Manager Helga Neumer and the entire NamesCon team for another extraordinarily well done event and for making our job of covering it for DNJournal readers such a pleasure.

(Posted January 31, 2019)

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