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ICA Names 9 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award Nominees - Winner to Be Announced at NamesCon 2020 

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) has finished processing nominations for its 4th annual Lonnie Borck Memorial Award. Submissions, that were open to all participants in the domain industry, resulted in a list of nine nominees. The next round of voting, limited to ICA members, will narrow the field to three finalists (that voting ends October 25, 2019) with the ICA Board Members then choosing the award winner that will be announced at the 2020 NamesCon conference coming in January in Austin, Texas

The ICA created the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award to honor the widely known and universally loved domain investor who passed four years ago this month. In its first three years, the accolade recognized outstanding work in protecting the rights of domain name registrants. The winners were David Weslow (2017), Kathy Kleiman (2018) and John Berryhill (2019). However, this year, in keeping with Lonnie’s generous spirit, The ICA decided to broaden the scope of the award to honor those whose contributions have fostered a sense of community within the domain name industry. 

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Below are the nine nominees for the 2020 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award (listed alphabetically by first name), along with a comment made by the first person to nominate that person for the award:

Andrew Allemann 
"He provides a lot of valuable information through his daily news and interviews with industry participants. Such knowledge is made freely available to enable anyone willing to learn to become a better domain investor." 

Ari Goldberger
"As one of the first domain name lawyers, has always helped those in need."

Barbara Neu
"Barbara has been a key organizer of domain conferences going back to the first TRAFFIC show in 2004. She created a sense of community, and more than that, family, at the conferences. In an industry where barely anyone knew each other, Barbara was often the first person from the industry that domain investors would meet and she made sure you felt welcomed. Barbara created a sense of community throughout 10 years of TRAFFIC shows, that were often held two or three times per year, and at The Domain Conference and Merge shows that followed. Ron Jackson published a great profile of Barbara that highlights her importance to the domain name community - http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2016/july-august.htm"

Donna Mahony
"Donna built Domain Boardroom into a strong community of domain investors. Under Donna’s leadership and oversight, DBR has become a great venue for sharing, learning, and discussing domain names with friends and colleagues."

Elliot Silver
"His advice always valuable and he keeps abreast of the domain investing. Also he has participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge, helping to raise funds and awareness for Dana-Farber Cancer."

Marco Schmidt
"Marco Schmidt's ExpiredDomains.net domain name search tool is an invaluable resource for all domain name investors. Mr. Schmidt humbly works behind the scenes without accolades, continuously updating and improving his tool, providing the picks and axes to those investors mining for domain name gold. And, Mr. Schmidt offers his tool for free, without charge or subscription fee. He is an unsung hero of the industry!"

Michael Cyger
"Having been in the industry for 7 years, I can wholeheartedly recommend Michael for this award. With his DomainSherpa videos, he has opened up the closed and secret society of the privileged few to the entire world. In his hundreds of respectful and thorough videos, he makes everyone accessible, using his positive, caring and community-building demeanor. There is no one that has done more to bring people together and create a community in this industry."

Monte Cahn
"Monte set the bar for registrar and domain marketplace services designed for domainers. From the early days of Moniker.com to his continuing facilitation of live domain auctions, Monte has been indispensable to bringing the community together and establishing high standards of customer service and problem solving."

Ron Jackson
"Ron has been tirelessly tracking and reporting on the industry and its players for over 15 years. In addition, his tracking of publicly-listed domain sales has been essential for showcasing the value of premium domain names to the general public."

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

(Posted October 17, 2019) 

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