Steve Forbes to give keynote speech at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2007

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. logoT.R.A.F.F.I.C, the domain industry’s premier conference, announced Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine and former presidential candidate, will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2007 show October 9-13, 2007 in Hollywood, Florida.

Forbes’s presentation will draw parallels between historical investment and entrepreneurial epochs in American history — such as the Gold Rush, the advent of the oil and railway industries at the turn of the century, real estate and the information technology revolution — and current opportunities in Internet traffic.

The domain industry’s signature conference series, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2007 will bring together domain owners, search engine companies, leading registrars, pay-per-click aggregators, sponsors, Wall Street investors, and financial and advertising executives with analysts and experts on targeted Internet traffic to discuss strategies, trends and best practices. Presented by the World Association of Domain Name Developers, Inc. (WADND), other prominent speakers at the invitation-only event include: Ammar Kubba of, Ron Jackson, Editor & Founder of, David and Michael Castello, Castello Cities Internet Network, Divyank Turakhia President of Directi, Frederick Schiwek, EVP, International Business Development for, Frank Schilling of Name Administration, Mathew Bentley, CEO of Sedo, Monte Cahn, CEO of and others. For a full list of speakers and events visit The main topic of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East 2007 will be verticals such as travel, real estate, gaming, financials and many others for which domain owners host substantial traffic.

“Internet traffic and domains are the prime real estate of the 21st century,” comments Forbes. “This market has matured, and individuals, brands, investors and organizations who do not grasp their importance or value are missing out on numerous levels.”

The domain channel is a major marketing industry. According to Fabulous Research, $400 million in advertising dollars were spent via the domain channel in 2006. Major search engines rely on domain traffic for over 10% of their traffic volume. Moreover, ten million .com marketing websites are controlled by domain portfolio owners. Nearly 800 businesspeople came to New York City for the highly successful T.R.A.F.F.I.C. show in June during which over $12 million in domain names changed hands in only 3.5 hours!

“Steve Forbes is going to entertain, illuminate and inspire T.R.A.F.F.I.C. attendees to transform their lives and businesses,” says Rick Schwartz, cofounder of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. and WADND. “His experience and instincts for identifying economic trends are inimitable.” Forbes will speak at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10th at the show.

The climax of every T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference, which are held three times per year, is the largest live domain auction in the world, hosted by and its CEO, Monte Cahn. The auction at the recent T.R.A.F.F.I.C. East show in New York City included one domain that went for $3 million and another for $1.8 million. In all, more than half of all the domains offered were sold. To request an invitation to T.R.A.F.F.I.C., or to inquire about speaking or sponsorship opportunities, please send email to or fill out our form available at

About Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine. Since Mr. Forbes assumed his position in 1990, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses. The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of 900,000. A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate. In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda. Mr. Forbes is the author of the recently published Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005). He also wrote A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium.

About T.R.A.F.F.I.C.

Presented by the World Association of Domain Name Developers, Inc. (WADND), T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is the domain industry’s premier conference. Three times per year T.R.A.F.F.I.C. (Targeted Redirects and Financial Fulfillment Internet Conference) brings together domain owners, search engine companies, leading registrars, pay-per-click aggregators, sponsors, Wall Street investors, the banking, financial and advertising communities as well as analysts, developers and experts on targeted traffic. An invitation-only event, conference attendees collectively control over 10 million domain names and host tens of millions of unique visitors to their websites every day. The Internet’s biggest companies support and participate in T.R.A.F.F.I.C., including Google, Yahoo!,, Marchex, TrafficZ,, and many others. Legendary “domain king” Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu, a prominent Intellectual Property attorney and former three-term mayor of North Miami, Florida co-founded and manage the event through their company, the World Association of Domain Name Developers, Inc. (WADND). Corporate headquarters are located at 1152 N. University Drive, Suite 201, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33024. For more information, send email to or visit us at