2021 Lonnie Borck Memorial Award

As each year, thanks to NamesCon’s generous support, the Lonnie Borck Memorial Award was presented during this year’s conference. The award was created to honor the memory of a well-respected and much-loved member of the domain community who was tragically lost far too soon and recognizes those who make an exceptional contribution to fostering a sense of community within the domain name community. This year’s winner, Michael Cyger, represents exactly that. Michael is the founder of DomainSherpa.com, and DNAcademy.com and has helped educate and inform many in the domain name industry. When the COVID pandemic shut down in-person gatherings, he put together a weekly Domain Industry Quarantine Social that allowed the industry to connect socially over Zoom. He has helped create a sense of community in the domain name industry that will continue to carry on.

The virtual format of the conference didn’t allow for an in-person award presentation, but thanks to Andrew Alleman’s readiness to step in, the ICA was able to surprise Michael with the award, and you’ll find excellent coverage of the award ceremony on dnjournal.com.

We were also fortunate to have Lonnie’s widow, Ronit, join us remotely and speak about what the award means to her and her family.

The ICA would like to congratulate Michael Cyger on the well-deserved award! We also want to thank everyone involved for your efforts in putting the ceremony together.