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Greatness in our Everyday

Thinking about the domain name business and the Butterfly effect I mentioned in a recent post, I was left wondering what would have happened if I had never found this space. What would I have done for a living? There were people I encountered early in the domain-world who clearly inspired me to participate. Without them I would not have become who I am. I would likely never have registered a single domain name. When thinking about the evolution of the domain name industry over the past 10 years and trying to pinpoint a few people who have done so much, for so many, there is a short-list of names which jump out. John Berryhill the IP attorney has definitely helped shape this space over the last 10 years. His tireless and altruistic work on the IP side of the business has helped many a domainer and the precedents he helped set, gave each registrant of generic names a platform to build on. Few know John’s story and I hope it will be told one day. But that task is best left to the person I’d like to shine the light on today.

Who but Ron Jackson has built an encyclopedic history of the domain name business? Ron’s quiet personal mission has helped to create the domain name ‘industry’ dynamic in which we all co-exist. We all know that Ron began his journey in broadcasting, initially on the Radio and then on Television. Ron had a full television career before ever stumbling onto the niche of domain names. Ron is a special soul who has touched the lives of many, without necessarily realizing the gravity of his own contribution. He is really the original domain name reporter. Every blog about the domain space including my own, walks in Ron’s shadow.

I recently asked several domain name industry participants to reflect on Ron Jackson, to show what a difference a single person can make in the lives of so many others. Ron’s story is really our own – each of yours. We have all made a difference in the lives of others in this space. Each of us through our participation, has helped another. Consider these unedited comments about Ron Jackson, then digest how each one of these people, and others, have inspired you. Ron’s contribution is really emblematic of many quiet greats, who through their passion, created opportunity for others.


Michael Berkens:
I admired Ron Jackson and his site for many years before I had the honor of meeting him. Ron’s DnJournal is simply the bible for the domain industry. The information Ron shared made him the go to source for domain news and domain sales. He singular formed the equivalent of MLS database of sales for the domain industry. Ron work and reporting gave every domainer the basis for supporting the value of their property. Ron’s background as a newsman gives him a unique and hugely valuable perception on the industry. Ron’s been quoted in every major publication on earth in support of domains and their valuation.

Every domainer alive owes a huge debt of gratitude to Ron for his tireless work, travel and reporting on the industry. Judi and I are proud to know him and call him and Diane a friend.

Finally he certainly has great taste in football teams. Go Bucs

Nat Cohen:
I’d say Ron created the domain industry. Before Ron came along, I viewed domaining as just a bunch of individuals sitting at home buying domains with a handful of businesses, such a Moniker, offering services. Ron’s decision to report on the activities in the domain space and treat it as an industry deserving of being written about helped create the perception that the commercialization of domain names is its own industry.

The old saying of ‘If a tree falls in forest when no one is around, does it make a sound?’ applies here. Ron served as a witness to the happenings in the domain space that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. That Ron thought the domain space was important enough to be worth reporting on, made domaining important enough to be worth reporting on. He helped form the perception among those involved in domains that they we belonged to an industry, and by spreading awareness of activities within the industry, he helped the industry to mature. When Ron started, I don’t think there was anyone fulfilling a similar role, and there wasn’t for quite some time.

Unlike many journalists who pretend at friendship in order to get their sources to open up to reveal ‘gotcha’ info, Ron is a genuine friend and colleague to those he writes about. Ron is a class act, a gentleman in style and substance.

He is one of the rare people in the domain space who has found a way to encompass his family in his business activities. His wife is rarely away from his side, even as they travel to far-flung conferences. You can see the pride he takes in the accomplishments of his daughter, and even the daughter of friends, such as Lizzy Grant.

He is motivated by a desire to nurture the domain industry and to see it succeed. While some see Ron’s writing as lacking in skepticism and too full of ‘good news’, Ron does not hesitate to call out bad practices and clearly state his opinion when he sees actions he doesn’t agree with.

One thing that has struck me is Ron’s dedication and unslacking energy that he devotes to his reporting. He attends nearly every conference, and devotes untold hours to the thankless task of compiling all the sales reports. It is a service that he provides to the domain industry, and I have to wonder if it came at a cost as his time could probably have been more profitably spent growing his own portfolio. DNJournal is clearly a labor of love, and it has earned Ron a place as one of the pioneers of the domain industry.

Rick Schwartz:
My first direct interaction with Ron Jackson was back in March 2004. He had been around for a year or two and was the only one actually chronicling the day to day events around the domain world. He published the following interview with me and you could see his struggle with my persona even back then. Before we even had our first TRAFFIC show. http://www.dnjournal.com/columns/cover020204.htm
Ron is what most in journalism are re not. He is objective and not out for an “I gotcha moment” but rather more probing to see all sides as much and objectively as possible. Ron has done a great service for all of us. There is a record of every accomplishment in the space for nearly a decade. Priceless!!
Without his historical record keeping and tracking of sales, we would all be much more on the defensive and so many of our accomplishments would have gone unnoticed and forgotten soon after.

Michael Castello:

My first memory of Ron was; what a nice man. Being an alter boy as a child he reminded me of a priest. Someone that you could trust and confide in. I consider him and his wife Diana, lifetime friends. I would do just about anything for them if asked.

I feel Ron is one of the most knowledgeable personalities in the domain industry. Think about it. He sits through “every” panel and has traveled to almost all domain conferences. He is THE domainer scribe. When David and I first spoke with him on the Traffic Z cruise on the Florida inter-coastal back in 2006, he was like someone watching a tennis match as David and I went back and forth telling him of our story. He had such an excitement hearing about our domains and what were where doing with them. It was actually fun watching it register in his mind as we spoke. That is when he told us he would write about us in his journal. It was that article that put us on the map. His use of The Castello Brothers name is the reason why we started using that brand for David and me.

We are fortunate to have someone like Ron covering our stories. Like my dad he is the one on the other side of the camera, taking the pictures and in doing so is usually the one left out of the story.

Richard Lau:
Ron Jackson brought a professional journalistic viewpoint to the Domain Industry. Long before every third domainer started a domain-blog, Ron put together DNJournal and built a professional site that contained in-depth insight articles. I most especially have enjoyed reading articles about people I already know about as I learn so much about them in Ron’s unique writing style.

David Castello:
When I first met Ron on a yacht party at TRAFFIC Miami in October 2006, I was immediately impressed by his demeanor and professionalism. In a industry rife with sensationalism and hype, Ron (a former television anchorman) has set the bar for no-nonsense reporting. One example that comes to mind was the “sale” of Israel.com for $5,000,000. Nearly every domain blog instantly jumped on the story, except for DNJournal. I wrote to Ron and he answered that he was still awaiting confirmation. Sure enough, there was no sale and for that reason I will wait for DNJournal to back a story before I accept it as Gospel. In 2007 I had the honor of nominating Ron for his first keynote address at the GeoExpo in San Francisco.

Chad Folkening:
Ron Jackson and I talk football and real estate and rarely domains so when the conversation is about domains, its always informative. Aggregating both news and domain sales is a valuable thing for the domain industry, Ron has a firm lock on them both because he works hard, very personable and a committed guy. Out of all the guys in the industry, Ron Jackson is the guy both behind the scenes and in the press that helps keep our industry in the forefront and connected.

Ron Sheridan:
Prior to getting involved in the domain industry I had seen the rise of the PC, Multimedia and Internet industries. I’ve observed that as each industry matures a cadre of editorial publications and associated journalists collectively shaped the editorial coverage of their respective industries. In the process they also had hand in shaping the industries themselves. Ron Jackson personifies this phenomenon better than anyone I have observed.

When I started out in domains I first became aware of DNJournal.com and soon there after had the pleasure of meeting Ron Jackson. What struck me about Ron besides the fact he seemed so well grounded and even tempered, was his keen awareness of the fact he was part of a pioneering group of entrepreneurs. He did not try to fit his perceptions or writings into any preformed view point. Due no doubt to Ron’s considerable professional news and editorial background he has been able to cover the domain industry for DNJournal.com in a way that is not only incredibly insightful to newbies and veterans alike, but he has ended up chronicling and even shaping the maturation of the industry.

Ron’s personal and professional integrity seem quite literally beyond reproach. I’m not the first to say this and certainly many many more have observed and experienced it. I suspect it’s one of the main factors that has enabled Ron to enjoy so much success as the industry’s leading journalist. The bottom line for me is that the domain industry is much better off thanks in part to the tireless work and contributions of Ron Jackson.

Elliot Silver:
Ron is always the consummate professional in everything he writes. If there is a domain conference or event, you can almost guarantee that Ron will be there to contribute and document it, both in writing and photos. It’s almost like if Ron and Diana aren’t there, the event isn’t all that important to the domain business.
Ron has become the leading authority on domain-related news because he knows everyone, attends every event, and is one of the most trusted people in the business. If you read something on DN Journal, you can be sure it’s accurate – and it’s probably important to know.
In addition to Ron’s professionalism, he’s also one of the nicer people in the industry, and he’s always willing to help others.

Andrew Allemann:
Ron’s biggest contribution to the domain space is acting as a professional liaison to the traditional media. Having been a member of the traditional media himself in the past, he knows how to answer their questions and shine the appropriate light on the industry.

His second biggest contribution are his weekly sales lists. These are often times referred to in the media, and this helps the world understand that generic domain names have value.

Monte Cahn:
My first memories of Ron’s Contribution to the industry were in 2003 when he contacted me for his 9th or 10th cover story ever and he chose me to write about – http://dnjournal.com/columns/coverstory10.htm.

Back then there were a few news sites about the industry, however, none were as complete and comprehensive as DNJournal at the time. Featuring successful people in the industry helped link fiction to fact, perception to reality, and for many, failure to success. I felt like he was the first online journalist that was able to get folks to drop their guard and share some secrets of success…..secrets that others could use and apply to their own domain and even overall business strategies. As a matter of fact, I used the same approach in my interviews when I started DomainMasters on WebmasterRado.fm. I had Ron on the show frequently to bring relevant industry news and perspectives, domain sales stats and other inside information to the program. He even guest hosted the show for me a few times throughout the years and was great at it.

I think his professionalism and approach helped him become the industry standard and industry expert on whether the domain industry was real or not. I always referred mainstream media back to Ron and to his site so that they could verify facts, stats, and trends and that helped get many stories written about the industry when mainstream questioned our existence, strength, and colorful culture.

Ron has also acted as one of the most ethical and professional spokes people in our space. He rarely takes sides and tries to display fair stories, both sides of arguments, and keeps his personal feelings and choices out of the articles which creates a very unbiased and neutral media in our space. I feel that was and is still critical as our industry still grows and continues to define itself from infancy to adolescence and then hopefully one day…..maturity. We are not even close yet but Ron’s approach and contribution to the space is certainly helping!

I have had many mentions on his site through the years. He has always recognized our /my accomplishments and put them into proper perspective. He and his site has greatly contributed to our success as we have innovated, created, pioneered so many products and services as well as brokered and sold so many sites.
I could not imagine anyone not saying or feeling the same.

Rick Latona:
I first met Ron Jackson in person at the original T.R.A.F.F.I.C. in Delray Beach, FL. I had just sold Spanish.com and couldn’t disclose the price and he came up to me asking questions about it. I thought to myself, “the domain industry has a reporter”? This was well before blogs were everywhere. DN Journal was the only site that fully covered what we did and what names were selling for.
Since that time I have spoken with Ron pretty regularly. Not only is he one of the nicest guys in the business but he’s also one of the most professional. In an industry full of egos it’s refreshing.
We all love his writing style which he himself admits comes from his years in radio, TV and the music business. Just this past month his titles included “Boating.com docks at $250,000”, “Party Time! … Party Supplies.com at $360,000”, “Biking.com Brakes at $250,000”, etc.

Kevin Ham:
Ron has always uplifted and seen the good in people, further inspiring others to hope, believe and be energized by his written accounts. It is easy to see the weaknesses and faults in others but it is another to focus on the good. I have not seen such consistent, dedicated, detailed and transparent reports of the inspiring lives of people who are trying to make a difference in their unique way anywhere else on the Internet. It’s truly been a blessing to know such a man of integrity, goodness and professionalism.

Patrick Ruddell:
Roughly two years ago I was invited to a Parked.com party in Tampa. I asked Donny Simonton, “Is Ron Jackson going to be there?” Although I was new in the industry at the time, Ron was someone I wanted to meet because I had been reading his website daily. When the day of the party came I was extremely anxious to meet Ron. I remember being at the party and seeing Ron Jackson, but I was too nervous to introduce myself. A couple hours went by, my wife and kids were getting ready to go when suddenly we ran into Ron and his lovely wife Diana near the front door. My wife and I stood there for roughly 30 minutes just talking to Ron and Diana trying to get to know each other. I’ll admit I was star struck; Ron Jackson was only the second person I met in our industry. Him and his wife were two of the nicest, most sincere people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. Moving past my first meeting with Ron, he has always been there to give me advice and guidance, never one time sounding annoyed or too busy. Even when it came to hosting DNCruise, Ron was one of the first people I called to get input.

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As you digest these unfiltered comments, one can certainly see a pattern that speaks to Ron Jackson’s incredible character and warm heart.

Whether we bring our best in the form of competition, or whether we write about the happenings in the industry, our presence is an asset to many others. So while this was an opportunity to shine the light on Ron Jackson and to show how he’s helped make the domain industry what it is, I would turn that light on each of you. Take a moment to consider how those you’ve come in contact with, inspired you to become who you are. Feel free to comment on any vignettes you care to share about those who have had an impact on your path.

Before writing these words, many of us may not have considered the totality of Ron’s contribution to our success. Like him, there are many unsung heroes in the small industry in which we participate. As we enter the season of thanks I can think of no better time to call them out.

Thanks Ron Jackson.

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55 Comments

  1. Anthony Hanner says:

    When I first discovered domain investing, it was DN Journal that really grabbed my attention. I found myself reading all the cover stories about the successful people in the industry, where they came from and how they accomplished so much.

    Those very success stories help lend credibility to the industry and give hope to many new domain investors.

    Without Mr. Jackson, there would be nothing like that for any of us to find.

    Thank you, sir.

  2. Uzoma says:

    Impressive!!! What a tribute. When I grow up, I want to be like Ron.

  3. DomainShane says:

    Very nice tribute. I have to admit I was a little worried Ron had died.

  4. Pat says:

    More telling than any of the comments above, I think, is that he’s every bit as much of a nice guy to struggling nobodies like myself as he is to the rock stars above.

    Class act.

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  6. Kevin M. says:

    A great and very deserving person to pay a well deserved homage to. Have always admired him and his dnJournal. Nice to see the spotlight shine on him, as he has done for so many others.

  7. Ted says:

    I’ve never met Ron, but dealt with him when I was trying to advertise in the DNjournal classifieds. He came across as someone who is always willing to help, friendly and above all the consummate professional. He’s not only set the bar for reporters in the industry through his publication, but a much higher one for quiet confidence and humility. Thanks Ron.

  8. Suresh R says:

    No doubt about it, loved his reporting style and consistency throughout the years. His weekly domain sales report is the most valuable tool out there.

  9. Francois says:

    Ron, you rocks!

  10. Lance Raab says:

    When I sold my business and retired in 2007, I was browsing around the internet looking for something new to do. At the time, all I knew was I wanted to do something web-based. One thing led to another, and I eventually stumbled onto DNJournal.com. I never knew a “domain industry” existed until I started reading Ron’s articles. His reporting, especially his profile stories, had me taken in. I then emailed Ron wanting to learn more, and he pointed me to a few industry conferences.

    I’m sure I would have eventually stumbled onto the domain industry anyway. However, I don’t think my first exposure to the industry could have been any more positive or professional than through Ron Jackson or his work at DNJournal.

    Thanks for all you do, Ron!

    p.s. As an interesting aside, I used to watch Ron on the news when I was in college, and I used to buy CDs at his record stores.

  11. z says:

    when Ron started in 02/03 i can recall he placed a poll on dnf as to what to name what is now ,(dnjournal). Their was a choice between two names, can’t recall what the other choice was,maybe someone could dig it out. nice piece of history

    best buddy

  12. Ron Jackson says:

    I am (probably for the first time in my life) speechless. Fortunately, I can still write though! And it’s a good thing because a huge thank you is in order. To have all of these people that I think so highly of take time out of their busy schedules and share such kind comments means a great deal to me and my family. I can think of no higher honor.

    I have to admit I don’t feel worthy of the accolades. I have always had this nagging feeling that I am the one in debt to this industry and the bill collector is going to show up any day now! It was just my good fortune to stumble upon the domain world before another reporter from outside the industry did. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had accidentally wandered into what I think is one of the greatest onging business stories of our time. With the Internet washing away so many traditional business models – some that have stood for centuries – and domains being central to this massive sea change, I couldn’t believe the mainstream press was missing all of this (and for the most part they still are).

    The Horatio Alger like entrepreneurial success stories in this industry are also unparalleled anywhere else I am aware of in the business world. I couldn’t believe my good luck to have wound up in a position to tell them. The history of this unique business is one that I am sure will one day find a much broader audience and I try to be cognizant of that in everything I write.

    There are still many stories left to tell. As Frank noted, John Berryhill would be a great one and one would fill in a key piece of industry history (in John’s case, even if he wouldn’t do an interview, the photos alone would make the article unforgettable!)

    There are several others who, because of sincere humility, have declined to appear in the spotlight. I will keep trying to convince them though because I think their stories are about more than just those special individuals – they are about how that person’s story can inspire countless others to push forward and succeed. I have always felt theirs were universal entrepreneurial stories that anyone could appreciate and benefit from, whether or not they even knew what a domain was.

    Frank said, “We have all made a difference in the lives of others in this space. Each of us through our participation, has helped another.” That is so true and most of us don’t even realize it. I know I didn’t until reading what so many posted here. I’ve received so much help, encouragement and good will from the many friends and relationships I’ve developed in this business over the years that it has enriched my life in ways I never could have imagined. I feel truly blessed to be here and in the company of so many great people. It is you who deserve the thanks.

  13. Isaac says:

    Aww this was a sweet post. Kudos Ron!

  14. Hal says:

    Ron is a tremendous asset to the industry. We have all benefited from his thorough documentation of our fascinating, emerging field. He is a class act and a gentleman and we are all lucky to know him.

  15. Fred Mercaldo says:

    What a great tribute, and well deserved! My first introduction to Ron was in 2007 in San Francisco at the GeoDomain Expo, and immediately liked him. All of our dealings since then have been handled with class, integrity, and professionalism. I echo all of the tremendous comments about Ron!

  16. Acro says:

    The DomainGang article about Ron Jackson (supposedly) selling DNJournal to retire a millionaire, is to this day the article with the most hits ever. That speaks tons of the man that has quietly and diligently supported the domain industry in a very dedicated manner, for years. After six years of online interaction on DNForum, I finally met him at TRAFFIC Orlando in 2008; he’s one of the most down to earth people I’ve met in my life. So that this won’t turn into a “obituary”, I wish Ron many strong and healthy years ahead with prosperity and success!

  17. Rob Grant says:

    To know Ron Jackson is to love the man for his absolute honesty, passion and humility. He is the ultimate ambassador for this emerging and often controversial industry. And we are very lucky to have such a fine person as our spokesman.

    Ultimately, I hope it is Ron who writes the definitive book on the domain industry and tells the real story about the fascinating characters and remarkable history of an industry that still remains in the shadow of the internet.

  18. Chad W says:

    Great post.

    Ron’s journal has helped me make many domain sales over the years.

    His sales reports gave me something to show the outside world in order to justify my asking prices.

    Thanks Ron for all your work over the years!

  19. Mike Law says:

    After reading DNJournal for years, I was honored to meet Ron Jackson for the first time during DNCruise. Following our first chat, I felt like I just made a good friend. He is really one of the kindest and most down to earth people I have ever met.

    Hats off to you Frank for writing and collaborating an article that really summarizes how important of a role Ron has really played in shaping our industry.

    …. And Thank you Ron for all that you do with DNJournal and as a person who is so welcoming to new faces in the industry.

  20. Anunt says:

    Ron’s DnJournal’s Domain Sales Report changed not only my financial life but so many others. Back in the early days of domaining, i flipped so so so many domain names, mostly 3 letter domain names which i bought for dirt cheap prices and mostly sold to the same buyer, Thunayan AL-Ghanim, the Owner of Future Media Architects(FMA.com)…over and over for huge profits…and without Ron’s DnJournal’s Domain Sales Report, we would not have known the going prices for these names…

    So…for creating this special section of DnJournal’s Domain Sales Report, i would like to give many many many thanks to Ron Jackson for changing my financial life for the better!

    Thank you so much Ron!!!

  21. Alan Hack says:

    This is a great tribute to a great man. Ron is a giver. He gives his time and insights and knowledge and wisdom without hesitation. I have learned a great deal from Ron and I always feel supported and uplifted in his presence. Ron, I wish you continued health, happiness and success. You deserve it!

  22. owen frager says:

    It’s about time! You’ve informed and inspired me since I discovered your publication early on and that’s a lot of years. You are an incredible writer and your profiles hold their own against Forbes, Fortune or any of them. I can’t believe all the adjectives one can come up with in a single sales report. Thanks so much for brightening our days and lives.

  23. Rob B says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading Ron’s articles and weekly sales reports since, I think 2005, when I stumbled upon DNJournal. Like others here mentioned I didn’t know domaining had such press coverage going on. Finding his site is probably one of the reasons i got back into domaining, after starting out in 2000 and taking a break during the bust. The sales he reported, the interviews and show reviews told me there was still huge potential in this industry. I’ve exchanged a few emails with Ron but never met him, but by his writing you can tell he is a great guy, and very professional in his domain name coverage.

  24. LS Morgan says:

    I registered my first domain in the late 1990′s, but I came to speculative ‘domaining’ a good bit later, from web development.

    I can say without a moments hesitation that the two info sources that helped facilitate my really ‘getting it’ on what makes a salable domain were Frank Schillings old blog and the work done by Ron Jackson with DNJournal. The guy has made me money. You’ve just got to tip your hat to people like him.

    In a field where self-serving interest is pretty much the baseline operating model and hysterical egos are all too common (guilty of that myself), here we have this guy who tirelessly busts his ass to benefit us all.

    Truly, all the little awards and accolades the domaining world passes out to one another on an annual basis should be heaped on Ron Jackson and the process shut down from that point forward. Given the work he’s done, the work he still does and the work I pray he continues to do, there isn’t anyone else in this industry who can carry his boots.

  25. Stephen Douglas says:

    RJ, you rock. I was talking to a domainer friend several weeks ago, and we were wondering who has done the most for the industry, was fun to be with, kept us informed with the FACTS, and always was the most beloved figure at any conference because you always made everyone with you, no matter how successful, feel special. That’s an unusual personal quality you rarely see in a cutthroat business like this.

    Even though my friend and I have only been mentioned a few times by you in your articles (huge honor for anyone), we both didn’t take more than 3 seconds to say “RON JACKSON” is the FACE OF DOMAINING. (Keep that smile going, bro!).

    This conversation started when we were talking about who got the ball rolling for domain investing. A lot of guys/girls can say they made a significant contribution, and they’d be right. But a lot of them have either left this space, taking the money and running, or are polarizing because of their strong opinions, or their success has insulated them from the rest of the industry. That’s too bad.

    But nobody can say they have the absolute respect and love of every professional domainer in the world. That is, nobody but you, Ron.

    If Deano and Frank Sinatra were still alive, we’d have them hosting the RON JACKSON ROAST COMEDY SPECIAL. That’s how big you are in our world. Thanks for all you’ve done and all you’re doing… please don’t retire!

  26. Eric Shannon says:

    heartwarming! not sure i can recall such a tribute to someone alive and kicking. and so deserving. have spent many hours on the edge of my seat enjoying Ron’s stories.

    the generosity flowing here in so many directions is where the domain industry shines brightest. my hats off to you Frank and Ron. you rock.

  27. Ed Keay-Smith says:

    Fantastic post Frank,

    Ron is a great guy and has one of the best blogs if not the best on keeping the domaining community up to date with what is happening in our industry.

    I interviewed Ron on my Domain Names Podcast just over 12 months ago and I enjoyed every moment of it.

    The first time I ever met Ron was at Traffic ccTLD in Amsterdam and what a pleasure it was to do so.

    Well done Ron and keep up the brilliant work you do on DN Journal.

    Cheers

    Ed Keay-Smith

  28. Scott Neuman says:

    Great tribute. Ron’s site has been on my must read in the morning list of things to do before I head off to what some call work. Selling and buying domain names. Thanks Ron.

  29. John Ferber says:

    Great Article and tribute to Ron!

  30. Rob Sequin says:

    Did Ron die? :-)

    I know people say nice things about you when you die so it’s rare to see so many great people say nice things about one of our own peers while he is still alive but no one deserves it more than Ron.

    Congrats Ron.

    Hard not to have any enemies in any business but I’ve never heard a bad word about you, EVER.

    We all enjoy your positive outlook and business acumen.

    Keep up the great work!

  31. Steve Cheatham says:

    I have known Ron for several years and see him at TRAFFIC regularly. He is a real journalist. The DN Journal is my main reference for what is happening in our business.

  32. Aaron Krawitz says:

    Ron is first class, it is no surprise to see this flood of praise.

  33. Mike Curving says:

    I attended my first domain conference earlier this year, and at the top of my conference bucket list of things to do and people to meet was having the opportunity to shake hands with Ron Jackson. I know of no one more respected and well-liked in this industry than Ron. After having finally met him, I can say without a doubt he is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. Thank you Ron, most of all for following your passion, where many souls don’t dare to, despite as someone above mentioned, taking on the work of DNJournal may have come at a cost of building your own portfolio. For me, when I see someone living their passion who has followed ‘the call’ it is every bit as inspirational and motivational as all of the many success stories you share with us through your writing. Thanks again Ron!

  34. Ron Jackson says:

    Rob Sequin: “Did Ron die?”

    LOL, Rob. As far as I know I am still on this side of the veil (though Diana says I spend so much time sitting stationary in front of the computer that it is hard to tell!) I do truly appreciate getting to hear such positive feedback while I am still around to enjoy and draw inspiration from it. However, now you have me wondering if the rest of you know something I don’t and are just too nice to tell me!

  35. Simonetta Batteiger says:

    What a great idea to write a tribute to the one person who would never dare to write about his own story.
    Ron: just want to add to this, it’s been such a pleasure meeting you and Diana through my work here at Sedo. When I first started working at Sedo, I asked where I can read about what’s going on in our industry and almost everybody I know referred me back to DNJournal. We used to have team meetings discussing one or another key account and whenever you had not personally met any one of them yet, you could rely on finding some photos and a bit of history on them at DNJournal. It has been and will continue to be one of the best resources we all ready and follow. Congrats!

  36. Donald says:

    Love you Ron! Hope you are still enjoying that toaster!

  37. howard neu says:

    Barbara and I are really privileged to call Ron and Diana Jackson our friends. We have a genuine affection for this couple that personifies all of the best in our industry and the world. One of the best things to come out of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. was the opportunity of meeting Ron and Diana, breaking bread with them and knowing a couple with the highest standards that they live by every day. Of all of the things that have been said above, the best personality trait that he has is that he is a down to earth humble individual who gives selflessly of his time, efforts and expertise to shine a light on others who have contributed to the Domain industry.

    The very first person who was inducted into the Domain Hall of Fame was Ron Jackson and the tributes to him above show that he was the unanimous choice of all in the industry to be our model of how to do things the right way. We are proud to call him and Diana our friends.

  38. Barbara Neu says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ron and Diana at our 1st T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Show in Delray Beach in 2004. We got off to a rocky start because he was being comical in a comment he made in DNJournal about Howard’s singing and that he should keep his day job and there I went off to defend my Husband :( Since that day we have become good friends and I have experienced his great sense of humor first hand and know when he is kidding! We also found we have a common love for photography. Since that first show as I sit at the registration desk I watch him ~ and he works so hard attending every session so busy taking notes and photos barely leaving the seminar room ~ rushing by me with a smile as he runs to the restroom hurrying to get back not to miss one word! His wonderful and understanding wife Diana will testify on how he continually works and writes so deligently day and night. The most patient Diana relaxed with us at the cabanas before our South Beach T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Show last month, while her husband was up in their room catching up on his writing after being away from his computer on the cruise. Never a day off ~
    I admire him so!!
    and give thanks to Diana for being such a supportive wife!!
    Thank you both :)

  39. ZipQuote says:

    Very inspiring story. Great to see all the comments and praise from some of the best in the domain business. Thanks Ron for all you do!

  40. Chris Sivertsen says:

    Ron and I share Diana…. as our wife’s name, you dogs…. and I have to say that I have always enjoyed seeing them together, powering through all of these domain events as a smiling couple. How about a “shout out” to Diana, can any of you imagine your wives smiling through all those domain conferences every year!?!?! Not me.

    Thanks for being substantive role models in how to be a great couple, setting a high bar for us all.

    Cheers Ron & Diana!!

  41. Donna Mahony says:

    What a great post to wake up to today. A great tribute to a great man by a great man. Love you both!

  42. Dan says:

    A wonderful recognition that is all so true.. and coming from his peers makes the gratitude that much more special.

    Top Notch!

    Thanks Ron!

  43. Karen Bernstein says:

    Ron sets the bar for domain industry reporting. I read his blog each and every day to stay current in the domain industry. On a personal note, Ron is easy to talk to and very professional. Everyone (even lawyers) needs Ron to keep us informed of what’s going on!

    Keep on going!! Best, Karen

  44. Gnanes says:

    Very nice tribute indeed and he finally got the recognition he truly deserved.

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  46. Steven Sacks says:

    It’s the second time I’ve used this line today but it applies so well to Ron that I must…

    “Folks generally don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
    I think that is the thing I take away most every time I’ve heard Ron give his state of the industry address at a TRAFFIC luncheon, or casually observed him conversation with someone from a distance, just his caring nature, not just how much he cares about the domain industry but his genuine love for his fellow man.

    I too first met Ron at the Delray TRAFFIC in 2004, unfortunately it was the last night after dinner and the awards ceremony and our brief conversation was pretty much focused on the fact we both agreed we had just finished the largest most delicious fillet mignon of our lives.. lol.

    The next time I would run into Ron was brief as well however, this time we were to part ways afterward with a fond embrace rather than a simple handshake, because on this occasion, in the midst of all the energy and excitement around us at the conference, and surrounded by so many new friends and faces and meeting folks who had reached a level of wealth and financial success from domains that was so far beyond where we were at that time, yet noticing that many of them still seemed as if something was missing in their lives, and the only way they were going to figure out what that something was, was by making even more money.
    There Ron and I stood, two God fearing men in a crowd, looking each other dead in the eyes as we spoke (Ron is an excellent conversationalist, respectfully focused on who he is speaking to and fully engaged at all times with only them and their conversation) and acknowledging with each other that through faith in God alone all things are possible and sharing in an epiphany that we already had what many ‘wealthy’ folks were in search of,
    the abundant life is already ours and although we are fully confident in the riches that lie ahead for us as domain speculators, those riches will never define who we are and it is a mans character and integrity that will take him farther faster in business.

    The humble image of Ron from that short conversation is the same image of him I carry with me today as our paths start to cross less and less often, and it has been similar experiences over the years with all of the folks who have had a major impact on me and I am eternally gratefull to each and every one of them.
    While it’s fresh on your mind, do yourself a favor like I did about 5 years ago and go visit Ron’s personal website at RonJackson.com , if you think it’s amazing what he’s done just in the past 9 years, have a look at the road he’d already traveled even before he knew what domains were…

    for me, Ron exemplifies the meaning of this poem….

    I’m glad you’re in my dash -

    I read of a man who stood to speak
    At the funeral of a friend
    He referred to the dates on her tombstone
    From the beginning…to the end.

    He noted that first came her date of birth
    And spoke the following date with tears, (1934-1998)
    But he said what mattered most of all
    Was the dash between those years.

    For that dash represents all the time
    That she spent alive on earth…
    And now only those who loved her
    Know what that little line is worth.

    For it matters not, how much we own;
    The cars…the house…the cash,
    What matters is how we live and love
    And how we spend our dash.

    So think about this long and hard…
    Are there things you’d like to change?
    For you never know how much time is left,
    That can still be rearranged.

    If we could just slow down enough
    To consider what’s true and real,
    And always try to understand
    The way other people feel.

    And be less quick to anger,
    And show appreciation more
    And love the people in our lives
    Like we’ve never loved before.

    If we treat each other with respect,
    And more often wear a smile…
    Remembering that this special dash
    Might only last a little while.

    So, when your eulogy’s being read
    With your life’s actions to rehash…
    Would you be proud of the things they say
    About how you spent your dash?

    ——-

    Hey Franky…
    Thanks for doing this for Ron…. you my friend are the true salt of the earth

    looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

    Steven

  47. Joe Alagna says:

    Boy, I got here late, but I’d like also to wish Ron the best and congratulate him on his great accomplishments.

    I met Ron at one of the first Traffic conferences and I could instantly see that he was going to create a fantastic record of what was happening in the industry.

    Ron has been a great friend to us at CentralNic.

    Thanks Ron.

    Thanks Frank for recognizing him.

  48. Americar says:

    Good to see the nice guy get the recognition he deserves. They say Imitation is greatest form of flattery. Dnjournal is the original and the best way back from early days. Keep on doing what your doing Duke (Duke of Earl)

    Max

  49. David Warmuz says:

    Thank you Frank, this was well overdue! You did a masterful piece, that everyone in the industry that Ron has inspired, would be proud to highlight. Ron has been a beackon of inspiration, information and knowledge for many of us Domainers and the accolades are well deserved!! Keep up the great work Ron…

    Cheers
    David