Just prior to yesterday’s live NamesCon domain name auction, there was a brief presentation of “Escrow.com Masters of Domains.” This was a list of the top ten domain brokers of 2016 by volume of deals put through Escrow.com. The company awarded a trophy to the winners, some of whom were in attendance at the conference. This was the first time the company listed the top domain brokers by volume.
The 10 Escrow.com Masters of Domains for 2016 were:
- George Hong, Guta
- Andrew Rosener, Media Options
- Giuseppe Graziano, GGRG
- Muhammad Al-Asadi, TopNames
- Ryan McKegney, Domain Agents
- Adam Beebe, Latonas
- Derek Giordano, Giordano, Inc.
- David Clements, Brannan’s
- James Booth, BQDN
- Raymond Liu, 62.com
Escrow.com also set up a website with information about the award and winners: MastersOfDomains.com. The website indicates that this will become an annual award.
I think it would be a great achievement for a broker to be on this list, but it is not necessarily the top 10 domain brokers. Escrow.com is likely the largest domain escrow service, but there are other competing escrow services that brokers use. As a result, this list would likely preclude top brokers at marketplaces like Sedo and Afternic who use in-house escrow options as well as companies that may use private attorney escrow services and/or alternative payment options.
Knowing how competitive some domain brokers are, this will probably become an award people work hard to achieve.