Nominations Open for Annual Domain Industry Awards


THE Domain ConferenceHoward Neu sent out an email this morning announcing that the nomination period is now open for the annual domain industry awards, formerly known as the TRAFFIC Awards. The awards will be announced and given out at THE Domain Conference on September 13.

Domain industry award nominations are being solicited for the following awards:

  • Web Developer of the Year
  • Blogger  of the Year
  • Registry  of the Year
  • Registrar  of the Year
  • Broker  of the Year
  • Investor (Domainer)  of the Year
  • Company  of the Year
  • Bandit Berkens Goodwill Ambassador
  • Domain Industry Hall of Fame (two people inducted each year – one nomination)

If you would like to participate in the nomination process, you are invited to choose one person or company for each category. Send your submissions to Nominations must be received by Thursday, July 28th at 6pm in order to be counted. At some point in the near future, Howard will follow up with a final ballot listing all nominees for people to vote on the award winners.

I know that some people look at awards like this as the industry patting each other on the back. Yes, that is true. However, I also think there are some awards (like Broker of the Year and Company of the Year) that may benefit a deserving winner.

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  1. “However, I also think there are some awards (like Broker of the Year and Company of the Year) that may benefit a deserving winner.”

    Yes as long as it is not allowed for employees and collegues voting their coworkers and their company.

  2. The issue I have is this, who exactly is a broker of the year? The one who works for a large company and people call them or the 1-2 person run email list week after week with good results?

    They once gave my aunt the business woman of the year award, the kicker for me was she was a government employee, got a steady pay check and used none of her own funds (obviously). Mean while the 1 woman run flower shop that made six figures lost.

    A lot of those categories can honestly award a deserving winner…the others meh.

    For example shouldn’t Andy Booths brother get domainer/broker of the year? Young man brokered $5M in last 6 months according to another blogs headline. If that isn’t domainer/broker of the year what is? The guy/gal who got a job for a bug brokerage company and end users call him? Not taking away from their work and cold calls but come on there is a major difference.

  3. Anyone that actively sells, promotes, acts as a registrar, acts as a registry or publishes new gtlds should not be allowed on this list. They are an embarrassment to the domain community.

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