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NamesCon to Hold Memorial for Charlie Gilbert

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Nearly one year ago, Charlotte Gilbert (known as Charlie to her friends and family), passed away after a long battle with Pulmonary Hypertension. Charlie had a double transplant (heart and lungs) and bravely fought for her life with her husband Brian by her side. Sadly, she was taken far too soon. I learned of Charlie’s passing earlier this year as I was getting ready to head home from NamesCon.

ICA to Host Dinner During NamesCon Global

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The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) is inviting its members and conference attendees to the annual ICA dinner during the NamesCon Global conference in Austin, Texas. The dinner will be hosted at MAX’s Wine Dive on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:30pm (Central), following the NamesCon opening reception. The event is being co-hosted with Braden Pollock, who previously hosted a large NamesCon dinner that merged with the annual ICA event.

Who Would You Like to Hear From at NamesCon?

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This morning, NamesCon announced that James Booth will be a keynote speaker at the NamesCon Global conference in January. I believe James buys and sells millions of dollars worth of domain names annually, and I think he has a great feel for the current domain aftermarket conditions, especially at the highest level. To date, NamesCon has not announced any other conference speakers.

James Booth Announced as a NamesCon Keynote Speaker

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NamesCon announced the first of several keynote speakers for the upcoming NamesCon Global conference. Domain broker James Booth, whose domain brokerage was recently rebranded as Phenom.com (from BQDN), will be speaking in a yet-to-be announced time slot during the conference.

Here’s what NamesCon said about James in this morning’s announcement:

Submissions Open for NamesCon Live Auction

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Domain name submissions are now being accepted for the NamesCon Global domain name auction, according to an email I received from GoDaddy. This year, the live auction will be hosted by GoDaddy. The online portion of the auction will run on the GoDaddy Auctions platform. In previous years, the auction was hosted by NameJet. GoDaddy acquired the parent company of NamesCon in 2016. The live auction will be held during the NamesCon Global conference in Austin, Texas on January 30, 2020.

Nominees for 2020 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award

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The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) released the names of the nominees for the 2020 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award. The award, which is named in memory of Lonnie Borck, will honor someone “whose contributions have fostered a sense of community within the domain name industry.” There were nine people from within the domain investor community who were nominated for the Award. Listed below are the nominees along with the reason for the nomination, as shared by the person who made the nomination.

2020 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award Nominees:

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