I want to give a big thank you to Afternic for helping me complete a private acquisition this past week. With the help of Neil Kavanaugh, Aaron Visaggio and Becca Clifford, I was able to purchase CallCenters.com (for an undisclosed sum).
When I worked at AIG, I managed direct marketing programs, which included telemarketing campaigns among other things. When we launched a new product or needed to make significant modifications to a campaign, I would occasionally fly to the various call centers we used in West Virginia and Florida. I am not all that familiar with call center operations, but I do know there is big money in call centers and it’s a very competitive market in the US and around the world.
Back in 2006-07, I made a large offer for CallCenters.com, but I didn’t receive a reply from the owner. There was a website on the domain name, so I assumed it wasn’t available to purchase and I moved on to other domain names.
A few days ago, I was reviewing some names on BuyDomains when I saw a listing for CallCenters.com. Although it was after business hours, I called the company and asked if Neil was still in the office. Luckily he was. I told him I wanted to buy the name but needed him to confirm that the listing was completely legit. He did some research and made contact with the owner, confirming it was a legitimate listing. He put me in touch with Aaron who helped complete the transaction. It was handed off to Becca who works in the escrow and transfers department, and she was able to complete the transfer in less than one business day.
Frankly, this was one of the smoothest transactions I’ve had in quite some time. I appreciate the help I was given to ensure an easy transaction, and I also appreciate the fact that Afternic agreed to keep the transaction price private. It’s nice to have Afternic as an advertiser on my blog, but it’s even better to work with them on a deal like this.