For more photos of the event, I’ve uploaded them here on Google Plus.
The first annual Domainer’s Choice Awards were presented this evening, June 28, 2014, at the Dana Point Yacht Club, in Dana Point, California. There were three nominees in each category. The official winners were:
Domain Ambassador Award –
This award is to honor an individual or a group that has consistently represented the best of our industry. Through their tireless endeavors, these individuals are recognized by their peers as those who always operate with integrity. These individual(s) promote the domain industry as a natural accompaniment to their own businesses, and recognize that the expanding success of the domain industry benefits the entire community.
Winner: Richard Lau
Best Industry Conference –
This award is to honor the conference that provides the best overall value to the domain community.
Industry Customer Service Rep –
This award is to honor the customer service representative that consistently goes above and beyond to provide the highest levels of service to the domain community. Please include their name, company, and title, and a brief description of why you feel that they deserve to be recognized.
Winner: Joe Higgins
Quiet Champion –
So many work silently and tirelessly behind the scenes with legislation, ICANN, etc. This could also be a domain professional that has shown success through hard work and diligence. This person never expects to receive accolades, rewards nor do they demand recognition for themselves.
Winner: Nat Cohen
Best Independent Broker –
This award is to honor the independent broker who best fills your needs. This individual practices timely responsive communication, strong negotiation skills, ethical businesses practices, maintains relationships with the decision makers in many industries and always represents their client. Sales numbers are NOT important.
Winner: Andrew Rosener
Best Brokerage Agency –
This award is to honor the brokerage house who best fills your needs. This business practices timely responsive communication, strong negotiation skills, and maintain relationships with the decision makers in many industries. They must be able to effectively and ethically maintain and negotiate outbound sales as well as inbound leads. Members of the same brokerage company cannot submit a coworkers name (for example, a candidate working for XYZ Brokerage cannot nominate an agent from XYZ Brokerage–even another office of XYZ Brokerage–to receive the Domainer’s Choice nomination) We would like this to be clients choice of brokerage, not a mandated vote from the office.
Best Domainer Resource –
This award is to honor the domain tool or service that you find indispensable, or that provides you the highest value in your domain activities.
Best Domain Auctions –
This award is to honor the auction platform that provides the best or most efficient interface. They consistently enable domainer’s to build their portfolios by delivering top quality domain names at affordable investor/wholesale prices.
Best Domain Marketplace –
This award is to honor the marketplace that provides the best or most efficient interface. They consistently enable domainers to build their portfolios by providing an efficient marketplace and delivering top quality domain names at affordable investor/wholesale prices.
Best Domain Financial Services –
This award is to honor the escrow or financial service that consistently provides you the best value in your domain activities.
Best Domain Publication –
This award is to honor your favorite domain publication or blog.
Best Legal Services –
This award is to honor the legal service or attorney that has consistently and successfully served the needs of the domain community.
Winner: John Berryhill
Most Helpful Resource for Domain Industry Newcomers –
This award is for the person or company that is most helpful in educating newcomers in the industry.
Best Parking Solution –
This award is for the parking company that provides the best earnings, user interface and service to the industry.
Best Industry Forum –
This award is for the forum that provides the best user experience: helpful members, great moderation, useful information.
Your Favorite New gTLD –
We didn’t want to leave the gTLDs out of the nominations so because it’s too soon to choose a “Best Anything” in a gTLD category, we decided to just ask a survey type question for fun. What’s your favorite new gTLD?