The ICA established the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award to honor the memory of Lonnie Borck, a successful and well-liked domain investor who died unexpectedly in 2016. The Award has been annually given to an “individual for indelible contribution to domain investor rights.” This morning, the ICA announced the Award criteria and focus has changed a bit. Here’s what’s changing:
“This year we have refocused the award. The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award was originally conceived to honor those whose work has protected the rights of domain name registrants. This year, in keeping with Lonnie’s generous spirit, we have decided to broaden the scope of the award to honor those whose contributions have fostered a sense of community within the domain name industry.”
Lonnie was a good friend of mine, and I think the change is great because it will allow a wider range of deserving nominees to be eligible to be honored with this Award.
To that end, the nomination period for the 2020 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award is now open. Nominations are being accepted from anyone in the domain investor community until October 15th. Once all nominations have been submitted, the ICA membership will review the list of nominees and their attributes, and the membership will select three finalists. The ICA board will then select the winner of the award.
For the fourth year in a row, the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award will be presented to the honoree during the NamesCon Global conference in January. The three previous Award winners are David Weslow, Kathy Kleiman and John Berryhill.