Domains Sponsors the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) in Las Vegas

The ICA represents the interests of domain name registrants from all over the globe. From January 17th through the 20th, elite domain investors gathered to share their ideas, best practices, and concerns. It was also a chance for members to network and make new business connections. The ICA gathering is an annual event. Many activities are informal and allow attendees to network and do business.

On Wednesday evening, the event started with A Postcard from Earth at the fantastic new Sphere in Las Vegas – was a title sponsor of the activity.
Joe Alagna, Richard Lau, Michael Cyger, and Tess Diaz at the Postcard from Earth at The Las Vegas Sphere.
Me, Richard Lau, Michael Cyger, and Tess Diaz at the Postcard from Earth at The Las Vegas Sphere.

This new venue features a 360-degree view and oversized, ultra-realistic sound and video. It featured a futuristic scenario where humankind expands into new planetary horizons.

On Thursday morning, the industry’s most influential domain name brokers gathered to discuss how ICA members could expand the namespace and promote the importance and value of domain names in the business. This group is comparable to the National Association of Realtors, except they ply their trade in digital properties.

The ICA has created a Domain Brokers Pledge for their broker members, allowing them to post this best practices pledge on their websites.

The afternoon was filled with various activities to encourage new relationships and discussion in a casual and fun environment. Attendees played pickleball, hiked, or visited local museums together.

Our own Tess Diaz, me, and about 30 others chose to climb the trails at the incredible Red Rock Reserve in the desert mountains about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Tess Diaz, Doron Vermaat , & Nikhul Sangvhi at the top.
Mark Goraffi, Joe Alagna, and Christian Voß on their way up.
When it comes to climbing, I’m never satisfied. I had to go further and wave’s flag (my hat & backpack) at the very pinnacle of this mountain.

In the evening, SquadHelp sponsored hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the whole group.

Friday’s agenda was full of informational topics and expert tables. Top domain investors shared their expertise and got to question domain name providers like GoDaddy, Namebright, Dynadot, SquadHelp, .art, and

After lunch, also sponsored by, I addressed the crowd and shared the virtues of our new registry dedicated to the global IT community. Technical domains are in high demand now, and domains fit the bill.

The evening was capped off with a memorial dinner and the Lonnie Bork Award presentation. Lonnie was a Domainer who passed away but exemplified how our community shares knowledge and expertise. ICA members vote for the annual winner. This year’s winner was Jason Sheppard, whose sister attended to accept the award on his behalf.

Before returning home on Saturday, we met one last time for networking and a discussion led by Tess Diaz on the history of the ICA and the domain industry.

The event was a great success and helped to nurture relationships with some of the top domain name registrars in the world. Domains is committed to the rights of domain registrants and demonstrates that commitment by supporting the ICA’s mission. There is no other organization dedicated exclusively to this cause.

About Joe Alagna

Joe Alagna is the Director of Sales for Domains LTD. He is also an independent insurance broker offering home and business insurance in southern California. He is an international expert in all aspects of the domain name business, including domain name investing, new gTLDs, registrars, and registries. Joe can be reached by phone at +1 (909) 606-9175 or via email using the contact form on this site.
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