22
Jun

ICA Member Profile: Richard Lau

Richard Lau is well known throughout the domain name industry having started many registrars, brokered numerous domain sales and quarterbacked the return of multiple high-value stolen domains. With his co-founding of NamesCon he adds to his successes in the industry, having established NamesCon as the largest commercial domain name conference worldwide. Read more

7
Jun

ICA Member Profile: Ron Jackson

Ron Jackson is the Founder, Editor & Publisher of Domain Name Journal, the domain industry news magazine at DNJournal.com that has been covering industry news, people and events since launching on New Year’s Day 2003. Ron spent nearly 20 years as a television reporter for ABC and CBS TV stations in Florida before beginning an entrepreneurial career that eventually led him to the domain business. When he discovered that this dynamic industry had no trade magazine of its own he established DN Journal and the award-winning publication rapidly became an industry institution.

DN Journal is the source mainstream media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and USA Today have gone to when domain related stories are in the news. Ron has seen the domain business grow from its “Wild West”  infancy into responsible adulthood as millions of companies, organizations and individuals around the world have come to understand the critical role that domains play in navigating the world wide web and building unforgettable Internet brands. Read more

1
Jun

ICA Member Profile: Michael Castello

Michael Castello is CEO and President of Castello Cities Internet Network, Inc. CCIN owns, manages and develops some of the most recognized Geo and Generic domain name brands in the world including PalmSprings.com, Nashville.com and Traveler.com. He is also the owner of Daycare.com which he and his wife Sheri Castello founded in 1997.

Michael has spoken internationally at many conferences including TRAFFIC, Borrell Advertising Conference, GEO Domain Expo and the Internet Marketing & Domaining Conference in Punta del Este Uruguay among others. He was inducted into the Targeted TRAFFIC Hall of Fame in 2009 and Geo Domain Hall of Fame 2010. Michael was on the Board of Director for both Associated Cities and Geo Publishers and has been an active member of ICANN’s Business Users Constituency since 2008 and previously a member of the DNSO since 2000.

In prior years, Castello was a singer songwriter having learned his skills from legendary Tin Pan Alley songwriter Lou Stallman in New York City and produced the nationally syndicated gospel radio show Gospel Traxx for fifteen years which was nominated by Billboard Magazine, for top R&B Syndicated Radio. Read more

26
May

ICA Member Profile: Andee Hill

Since 1999, Andee has had a been involved with the Internet and domaining industries. Andee’s past positions include Director of Business Development with online escrow giant Escrow.com, where she managed critical business relationships and led the product development team. Later, in 2013, Andee established her own escrow company, EscrowHill.com, which provided escrow services to some of the industry’s largest and most sensitive transactions. She sold the business in 2015 and joined the largest registry of new gTLD, Donuts Inc. Long known for her keen eye for identifying and developing new and existing relationships, Andee is now Director of Business Development and is specifically charged with supporting Donuts’ domain investor and small to medium business communities. Read more

20
May

ICA Member Profile: Braden Pollock

Braden Pollock is a well-known domainer and serial entrepreneur who owns several companies, both online and off. Among his businesses is Legal Brand Marketing, LLC, (LegalBrandMarketing.com) which focuses primarily on lead generation for DUI attorneys as well as lawyers in other practice areas.

Braden also owns ScienceFiction.com and recently sold several franchises of Smart Start, an ignition interlock provider with service locations throughout the US (IgnitionInterlock.com, SmartStartofCalifornia.com, etc). He has an equity interest in several other businesses including The Grooming Network (Beard.com, StraightRazors.com, etc), FashionMetric.com and Epik.com.

His domain portfolio is well into the thousands of names with a current focus on premium one-word .com names. Braden’s newest venture is a data-driven ad network that will apply predictive behavioral analytics to lead generation products designed to better monetize domains through development, search, social. He also serves on the Board of the non-profit, Benevolent.net. Read more

8
Oct

ICA ADOPTS RESOLUTION CHANGING MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE, ADDING NEW BOARD MEMBER FOR JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP CLASSES AND ESTABLISHING VOTING PROCEDURES

The attached resolution was unanimously adopted by the ICA board on October 3rd.  The following email to ICA members accompanied the announcement of the resolution.
Dear ICA Members,
The board has adopted the attached resolution to implement the addition of a new board position and the changes to the membership levels that we announced previously.
In summary, the resolution-
1.  Creates a new board seat to represent those who contribute less than $25k per year;
2.  Changes the class designation for those who contribute between $1,000 and $4,999 per year from “Supporter” to “Bronze Member”.
3.  Sets the voting procedures to elect the new board representative.   Gold members receive 5 votes each, Silver members receive 3 votes each, and Bronze members 1 vote each.
The nomination period for the new board seat is open now and closes on October 31st.  Any member can place a name in nomination.  The nominee does not have to be a member of the ICA.
This resolution continues the evolution of the ICA to a more open and more inclusive association.
When the ICA started only Platinum Members ($25,000 contributors) had any board representation and the minimum contribution for membership was $5,000.  Now full membership comes with a contribution of $1,000.  A few years ago, a board seat was created to represent the “domainer” members of the ICA, which is the board seat that Nat currently occupies.  Now that more members have joined the ICA in the non-Platinum membership classes, the time is right to add a new board seat.
The underlying idea is that there is a board seat for every $25k in contributions.  Since Platinum members make a full $25k contribution, they are entitled to appoint a board member.  The contributions of other classes are aggregated and a new board seat is created for each multiple of $25k in contributions.  As more members join, the expectation is that the board will continue to grow.
Some on the forums have decried as undemocratic that those who contribute more money have a greater say in the running of the ICA.
Our view is that the ICA would not exist without the contributions of those funding it, and that it is fair that those who make the greater contribution have a greater say in the organization.  Contributions of time and effort are equally as valuable as financial contributions.  Andee Hill is a Silver level member due to her stepping forward to take on the important role of membership coordinator.
The voting system to elect the new board member is a compromise.  Some may think that every member should have one vote, regardless of the level of contribution.  Others may think that the number of votes should be directly proportional to the size of the contribution.
By granting Gold members 5 votes each, Silver members 3 votes each and Bronze members 1 vote each, we are recognizing the greater contribution that the Gold and Silver members make, while most Bronze and Silver members receive a disproportionately large say in the voting compared to the size of their contribution.  We believe this system strikes the right balance.
We appreciate your continued support and welcome your feedback as the ICA continues to evolve to better fulfill its mission.
We look forward to your nominations.
Regards,
Jeremiah Johnston
Daniel Law
Nat Cohen
ICA board members

 

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