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Escrow.com Reveals the Top 10 Grossing Domain Name Brokers of the Year

Escrow.com reveals the top 10 grossing domain name brokers of the year

Escrow.com, the world's largest online licensed and audited escrow operator, has calculated its annual Masters of Domains and announced the 10 highest-grossing individual brokers of the year during NamesCon's virtual global conference.

SAN FRANCISCO, 29 January 2021

In a year where many traditional businesses suffered due to COVID-19, the domain name industry continues to power ahead. The 2 biggest sales of the year were:

  • Bullish.com - $1,080,000 USD
  • GoBet.com - $850,000 USD

The Escrow.com Domain Investment Index for Q4 2020 revealed a rebound from the worst of the pandemic-affected quarters, with $93.8 million total transacted amount compared to $77.5 million in Q3.

Domain sales over $50,000 increased as Fortune 500 companies relaxed controls on capital expenditure.

Award Overview

The annual Escrow.com Masters of Domains recognises the 10 highest-grossing individual brokers measured by the size of the deals they've closed in the year.

Winners not only receive the accolades of the industry but also pick up a trophy and prize money.

Benefits of Using a Broker

Whether you're buying or selling domain names or websites online, Escrow.com will protect you against fraud, deception, and irresponsibility.

Using a broker to navigate the fast-paced and complex domains market should be part of your process of reducing risk.

Even experienced players use brokers because they have the:

  • Experience and industry knowledge.
  • Well-honed negotiating skills and judgement.
  • Connections and networks to get the deal done.
  • Understanding and can ease you through the paperwork.

The 2021 Winners are:

10. Vincent Harasymiak at Domain Capital

Vince Harasymiak is a partner at Domain Capital, which has been the domain industry's foremost lender since it was founded in 2005. The firm specializes in the financing, acquisition and divestment of top tier one- and two-word .com's, both on its own and on behalf of clients. In 2020, this resulted in several individual sales in excess of $1M each. Vince and the rest of the Domain Capital team are honored to be a part of the "Masters of Domains" club for 2020 and look forward to supporting the industry for many years to come.

9. Andrew Booth

Andy is a Gibraltar-based domain-name investor who, from a business standpoint, had an extremely successful 2020. Although he wasn't much involved in the way of brokerage, he continued his relentless pursuit of new high-quality domain inventory. Andy's portfolio yielded several high-profile end-user sales in 2020, which allowed him to acquire several highly-coveted premium one-word .com domains.

8. Brent Oxley of HostGator.com & Create.com

Brent Oxley is a serial entrepreneur and avid domain investor. In 2002, Brent started the web hosting company HostGator.com. He grew it into a thriving business of over 1,000 employees and over $100 million in annual revenue before selling it to EIG for close to $300 million in 2012. Brent recently launched his new web hosting company named Create.com and is offering the first year of web hosting free to all domainers!

7. Joe Uddeme of Name Experts

Joe Uddeme is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully sold and brokered over $80M in domain names. He built NameExperts.com to provide expert service, valuation and negotiation skills. With complete focus on the client, Joe differentiates himself by providing honesty and integrity. Joe’s priority is to provide exceptional hands-on service while maximizing the sales-price for sellers and buy-price for buyers.

6. James Booth of DomainBooth.com

James Booth is CEO of DomainBooth.com, a boutique domain name brokerage firm based in Dubai. James is also the Co-Founder of MediaX.com which manages brands such as XPay.com and BetX.com. James has been in the Industry since 2015 and has sold over $30M USD in Domains.

5. Steve Miholovich of Name Arena

Steve Miholovich is the founder and CEO of Name Arena, a domain name brokerage which launched in October of 2018. Steve serves the domain name needs of a wide spectrum of clients that include Fortune 2000 companies, venture capital investors, intellectual property law firms, non-profit organizations, small businesses and celebrities around the world. He has been in the domain industry since 2002 and has extensive experience in domain name acquisition and sales, negotiation and secondary market valuation. Name Arena has built its brand on honesty and a focus on results for its clients.

4. Jeff Gabriel of Saw.com

Jeffrey M. Gabriel is an expert domain brokerage and building sales teams. Jeffrey most recently co-founded Saw.com, an industry-leading boutique brokerage that specializes in acquiring, selling, and appraising domains. Previously, Jeffrey was the Vice President of Sales at Uniregistry (formerly known as DomainNameSales.com), one of the industry-leading domain marketplaces, domain registrar, and monetization platform on the net.

3. Ryan McKegney of DomainAgents

Ryan is the cofounder and CEO of DomainAgents. He and his team work with buyers and sellers across the domain industry negotiate and close millions of dollars in deals every year. Operating since 2012, DomainAgents has built a reputation as a trusted partner of buyers, sellers, registrars, and service providers.

2. Keith Richter of Lumis

Keith Richter is a cofounder of the Lumis Group, which was established in 2017. In 2020 Keith assumed the role of Sales Director, implementing a sales strategy with a core focus on helping end users secure their brands. Last year, Keith and his team worked with over 100 companies to successfully acquire their domains, creating a network of buyers across six continents. Keith is incredibly proud of all Lumis has accomplished in its short existence and is honored to be a part of the "Master of Domains" club for 2020.

1. Andrew Rosener of Media Options

Andrew Rosener is CEO of MediaOptions, which started out 12 years ago as a small partnership between Rosener and his wife Anna. Drew and Anna bootstrapped the company’s growth and learned by watching others’ successes and failures. Today, MediaOptions is one of the leaders in the domain name industry, responsible for some of the most significant sales of 2020.

Escrow.com congratulates the Masters of Domains for 2021.

Whether you're buying or selling domain names or websites online, Escrow.com can help you get your transaction done.

About Escrow.com

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Escrow.com also provides a Domain Concierge Service to ensure the domain name transfer is smooth and provides peace of mind, security, and convenience to both buyer and seller.

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About NamesCon

This year's winners were announced during the domain industry's premier event, NamesCon, on January 27th, 2021.

NamesCon is the largest annual domain-industry conference, attracting professionals from around the world. Attendees experience compelling keynotes, informative panels, and practical workshops led by industry experts. This year NamesCon has gone virtual, but is still facilitating valuable personal connections through engaging social events and structured business networking opportunities.

Contacts

Jackson Elsegood General Manager
Tel +1 (650) 353 9286
Email jackson@escrow.com
Sebastian Siseles Vice President, International
Tel +1 415 801 2271
Email ssiseles@escrow.com

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