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Buckley Media Announces Major Expansion With Industry Veterans Tess Diaz and Tim Hargis Joining Executive Team

Buckley Media Founder Kate Buckley  has been gracing our top domain sales charts for years now,  having brokered deals for Rate.com ($725,000), Refi.com, Sleeping.com and Snoring.com ($500,000 each), Inspection.com ($335,000), Advance.com ($300,000) and countless others in the six-figure stratosphere. As impressive as Kate's track record has been, Buckley Media entries on the sales leader boards may multiply exponentially with her latest move - the addition of two highly respected industry veterans to the domain name brokerage and branding boutique's executive team. 

Multi-talented Tess Diaz is coming on board as SVP for Business Development after a stellar run with MediaOptions.com and eCommerce expert Tim Hargis has signed on as VP, Premium Domains to round out a trio that Ms. Buckley said will be "laser-focused on growing Buckley Media's consultative, corporate domain services, partnerships and relationships in both the corporate and startup worlds."

Kate said the expansion was triggered by sky rocketing demand for domain names, noting, "Tess and Tim are bringing their considerable experience to bear at an inflection point as the domain market is exploding. Domain names and digital assets have become more valuable than ever during the accelerated digital shift brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Tess Diaz was a Domain Asset Advisor at GoDaddy before becoming  Senior Business Development Consultant for Media Options where she was responsible for streamlining the company's strategy, business systems and operations and also brokered many high end domain sales. In addition, Tess served as both Executive Producer and Host for the company's popular video podcasts at DomainSherpa.com. Kate added, "Tess is also a successful executive coach—working with startups, entrepreneurs, and executives in business strategy." 

Ms. Diaz said, "Buckley Media’s services augment brand efficacy at a pivotal time in history, when there is record demand from companies to maximize their online impact, with increased understanding of the importance of domain name influence. I’m very proud of all that I’ve achieved and contributed to during my tenure with Media Options, and excited to begin working alongside the highly talented and collaborative leadership team at Buckley Media.”

Tim Hargis will concentrate on premium domain brokerage for Buckley Media. He most recently helped lead the fastest growing bootstrapped DTC E-Comm brand (Tuft & Needle) as VP of Business Development and Marketing to over $200 Million in revenue, before being acquired by Serta-Simmons in 2018. Kate noted that Tim, as an active adviser to early stage startups, was also personally involved in, and negotiated six and seven-figure domain name transactions (including the acquisition of TN.com for Tuft & Needle). 

Ms. Buckley added, "Tim has deep marketing expertise, and a hands-on understanding of the power of domain names to drive revenue and growth for businesses. We are thrilled to welcome him to the leadership team.”

Kate Buckley
Founder, Buckley Media

Tess Diaz
SVP, Business Development

Tim Hargis
VP, Premium Domains

Hargis said, "I've always been a big believer and advocate for premium domain names because of the unparalleled value and credibility they bring to any company looking to optimize their digital-focused foundation. It's now more important than ever, given the pressure the pandemic has put on companies, so I'm looking forward to joining the stellar team at Buckley Media—leveraging my background in startups and e-commerce to help businesses thrive with their online strategy moving forward."

(Posted November 23, 2020)


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