PALM BEACH, FL – The Internet Commerce Association, or known industry wide simply as “The ICA”, a Washington, DC based non-profit trade organization that represents the interests of domain name investors and developers, has released the list of nominees for the 2020 “Lonnie Borck Memorial Award.”
The nine nominees cover a wide array of domain community members ranging from domain attorneys to industry bloggers and conference organizers. The ICA Board will select the recipient of the Award from three finalists chosen from members of the organization and has dispatched its poll to membership. This is the first year where the three finalists will be determined by ICA members.
The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award will be presented at NamesCon Global in January of 2020.
And the Nominees Are:
- Andrew Allemann – Statement from Nominee Submitter: He provides a lot of valuable information through his daily news and interviews with industry participants. Such knowledge is made freely available to enable anyone willing to learn to become a better domain investor.
- Ari Goldberger – Statement from Nominee Submitter: As one of the first domain name lawyers, has always helped those in need.
- Barbara Neu – Statement from Nominee Submitter: Barbara has been a key organizer of domain conferences going back to the first TRAFFIC show in 2004. She created a sense of community, and more than that, family, at the conferences. In an industry where barely anyone knew each other, Barbara was often the first person from the industry that domain investors would meet and she made sure you felt welcomed. Barbara created a sense of community throughout 10 years of TRAFFIC shows, that were often held two or three times per year, and at The Domain Conference and Merge shows that followed. Ron Jackson published a great profile of Barbara that highlights her importance to the domain name community.
- Donna Mahony – Statement from Nominee Submitter: Donna built Domain Boardroom into a strong community of domain investors. Under Donna’s leadership and oversight, DBR has become a great venue for sharing, learning, and discussing domain names with friends and colleagues.
- Elliot Silver – Statement from Nominee Submitter: His advice always valuable and he keeps abreast of the domain investing. Also he has participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge, helping to raise funds and awareness for Dana-Farber Cancer.
- Marco Schmidt – Statement from Nominee Submitter: Marco Schmidt’s ExpiredDomains.net domain name search tool is an invaluable resource for all domain name investors. Mr. Schmidt humbly works behind the scenes without accolades, continuously updating and improving his tool, providing the picks and axes to those investors mining for domain name gold. And, Mr. Schmidt offers his tool for free, without charge or subscription fee. He is an unsung hero of the industry!
- Michael Cyger – Statement from Nominee Submitter: Having been in the industry for 7 years, I can wholeheartedly recommend Michael for this award. With his DomainSherpa videos, he has opened up the closed and secret society of the privileged few to the entire world. In his hundreds of respectful and thorough videos, he makes everyone accessible, using his positive, caring and community-building demeanor. There is no one that has done more to bring people together and create a community in this industry.
- Monte Cahn – Statement from Nominee Submitter: Monte set the bar for registrar and domain marketplace services designed for domainers. From the early days of Moniker.com to his continuing facilitation of live domain auctions, Monte has been indispensable to bringing the community together and establishing high standards of customer service and problem solving.
- Ron Jackson – Statement from Nominee Submitter: Ron has been tirelessly tracking and reporting on the industry and its players for over 15 years. In addition, his tracking of publicly-listed domain sales has been essential for showcasing the value of premium domain names to the general public.
Who Was Lonnie Borck?
Lonnie Borck, who was the Baltimore based President of B52 Media, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep on October 22, 2016, leaving behind his wife, Ronit and 5 children. He was just 47 years old; his death was determined to be a heart attack. In his personal life Borck was widely known as a faithful and devoted Orthodox Jew who prioritized his faith in all he did always putting his faith and family first. In his professional life he was known not only as a serial entrepreneur, but an expert domain name investor and businessman, but most importantly, he was known as a man with a “loving spirit – the kind of person we need the most in this world”, said by Ron Jackson in a memorial news story of his passing.
There is much more background info on Lonnie here: https://www.baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=1&ARTICLE_ID=80528
The Lonnie Borck Memorial Award was originally conceived to honor those whose work has protected the rights of domain name registrants. The industry coveted Award now recognizes the recipient for his or her contributions to the domain name community.
About The Author: John Colascione is Chief Executive Officer of Internet Marketing Services Inc. He specializes in Website Monetization, is a Google AdWords Certified Professional, authored a ‘how to’ book called ”Mastering Your Website‘, and is a key player in several Internet related businesses through his search engine strategy brand Searchen Networks®