5 years after the last T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Conference, Rick Schwartz is back at it again with the 1st annual Asheville domain investing meetup held at the historic Grove Park Inn nestled away in the sleep-hollow town of Asheville, North Carolina.
With the holy grail of the conferences for domain investing industry is NamesCon, Schwartz took a chance to establish and facilitate a small gathering of domain investors to connect, share, and do business with one another.
In fact, Dr. Gregg McNair literally communicated the same thoughts — a smaller event with limited registration for a Who’s Who of Domain Investing at a higher admission cost — almost a year ago during MERGE! (now defunct).
So, in addition to ~80 fellow domain investors, I jumped at the opportunity to pay and book tickets, travel, and lodging to attend this event the very moment Schwartz went live with ticket registration.
Having dropped our kids off with grandparents in Dallas, my wife and I made the journey from DFW to Asheville Regional Airport along with a few familiar faces (Joe Styler, Braden Pollock, and myself).
Let me say that pictures and videos simply don’t do Asheville, North Carolina any justice, nor do either capture the essence of how valuable this event is for the domain industry.
Making our way from the airport to the historic Grove Park Inn just in time for registration and the cocktail party, my wife and I were pleasantly surprised at the sheer beauty of the 100+ year old gem of architecture surrounded by the beauty of layered mountains as its backdrop.
And to match the venue’s truly amazing and overwhelming experience in the best sense, Schwartz certainly upped the game with a feast made for king.
My wife and I reconnected with familiar faces of the industry — Mike and Judy Berkens, Monte Cahn, Ammar Kubba, Mike Robertson, Morgan Linton, KW Boswell, Dave Evanson, Dr. Gregg McNair to name a few — as well as met new domains investors and longstanding investors I’ve not ever met before.
The evening was intimately dined and wined away well into the night, everyone moving dining station to station, from table to table, conversing person to person in meaningful networking.
Not all ~80 registered attendees were able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, but this event was certainly worth it, for a number of reasons, for the 50 or so attendees.
There is certain energy surrounding this event. Hats off to Rick Schwartz for organizing a much needed shot in the arm to the domain investing conference scene.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see more domain meetups birthed following this format of slowing down to connect and network while dining and engaging in recreational tourism in venues that are hidden gems.
At the time of this writing, the main event session is in the books and the rooftop party is about to kickoff.
Stay tuned for more pics, videos, and thoughts in regards to Rick’s 1st Annual Asheville Domain Investor Meetup.
Thanks and that’s all for now!