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With Pandemic Receding Domain Investor Meetups Reemerge with South Florida Pros at Forefront 

The domain investment community was built on relationships forged in face to face meetings held around the world over the past two decades. Those gatherings came to an unfortunate halt when the Covid pandemic hit in early 2020. The coast only cleared last fall when NamesCon Global welcomed a joyous live crowd in Austin. NamesCon has since moved to spring dates and will be back in Texas for the 2023 show next week. Several attendees will be arriving at the big show fresh off helping to revive the local domain meetup scene in South Florida last night (May 25). 

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South Florida has had one of the world's largest concentrations of professional domain investors since the industry began (the very first conferences were the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. events that South Florida partners Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu staged around the world  from 2004 to 2014). As a result South Florida was one of a handful of regions that have been able to support their own local meetups off and on over the years (Seattle and Los Angeles have also been part of that small but influential club of domain hotspots). Industry vet Eddie Sixto took the lead in re-constituting the Florida group - now known as South Florida Domainers - with Ehren Schaiberger and original members Stu Maloff and Victor Pitts stepping up to help co-organize. They held their first event last night at the Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery in Fort Lauderdale.

Above (left to right): Eddie Sixto welcoming two of the domain industry's OGs, 
Monte Cahn
and Chad Folkening, at last night's meetup in Fort Lauderdale.

Below (left to right): Michael DeLucia, Jason Greenwald, Victor Pitts, Monte Cahn, Stu Maloff
and Adam Maysonet get the party started (all photos in this article courtesy of Eddie Sixto).

Above (left to right): Jeff Sass (.ART registry), Monte Cahn and veteran domain broker 
Tracy Seskin Fogarty (eNaming.com) were among the many familiar faces in the crowd.

Below: Eddie with another South Florida domain investor that goes way back - Rick Waters.

Above (left to right): Eddie Sixto, Rick Waters, Chad Folkening
Michael DeLucia, Adam Maysonet and Jonathan Goldfarb

Below: Also in the house, Mark Ghoriafi (MrPremium.com) and investing pro Keith Shanahan.

Above: A "family portrait" of those who helped bring the South Florida Domainers group back from a long pandemic induced absence (left to right (standing): Mark Daniel, Monte Cahn, Jonathan Goldfarb, Wilson Alvarez, Tracy Seskin Fogerty, Rick Watters, Leonard Nock, Ehren Schaiberger, Jeff Sass, Jason Greenwald, Michael DeLucia, Jason Eisler, Adam Maysonet and Victor Pitts. (Kneeling at front): Stu Maloof, Chad Folkening, Mark Ghoriafi and Eddie Sixto. (Attendees not in this photo: John Colascione and Keith Shanahan).

Looking back on the evening, Eddie remarked, "It exceeded all of my expectations with domain investors, entrepreneurs and industry professionals coming out for a night filled with knowledge-sharing, networking, and camaraderie. Attendees had the opportunity to gain insights into the latest trends, emerging opportunities and best practices in the domain industry. They shared their success stories, inspiring others and creating an environment of motivation and encouragement. The success of the event has not only invigorated the domain community but also showcased the immense potential for growth and collaboration within the South Florida domain ecosystem."

With the ongoing growth of the domain industry at large and the example set by the South Florida group, we should see the return of more regional groups in domain hot spots around the world. They can  can provide the opportunity to build invaluable relationships year around while also conveying the importance and power of a great domain name to businesses of all sizes in their own communities.  That helps all of us, no matter where we live! 

(Posted May 26, 2023)   

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