Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress New York

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Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress New York - Speakers

  • Jeff Neuman

    Vice President, Registry Services, Neustar, Inc.

    Jeff has served in key business, policy and legal roles for Neustar’s registry services group for over 14 years and has been instrumental in providing key policy assistance and advice in the fields of Internet governance, intellectual property, and Internet domain name policy since the mid-1990s. Currently, he is responsible for the sales, business development, distribution and management of Neustar’s Franchise TLDs, including .biz, .us as well as .nyc.  He is also responsible for Neustar’s implementation of its new gTLD initiatives. Previously, Mr. Neuman led the legal team for Enterprise, Media and Registry Services where he was responsible for the oversight of all legal and policy matters for these organizations. Mr. Neuman has served on ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) representing the gTLD Registries from 2003-2005, and again from 2010 through 2013.  Before joining Neustar, he served as Information Technology Associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP/ Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP, and as an associate at the law firm of Arter & Hadden, LLP. Mr. Neuman holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

  • Lori Anne Wardi

    Vice President, .CO

    Lori Anne Wardi is a co-founder of the company behind the global launch and management of the .CO domain extension.  In her role of Vice President of Brand for .CO, Lori Anne is responsible for all matters involving brand strategy, business development, premium domain strategy and global communications.  In the four years since its launch, .CO has become the home to a thriving community of innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and brands who together are building the future of the Internet, including VINE (, Angel List (, 500 Startups (, Brit + CO (, Twitter (, Google ( and Biz Stone’s new search engine, Jelly (, among many others.  Currently there are over 1.6 million .co domain names registered by individuals and businesses in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

  • Monte Cahn

    Co-Founder and President, Right of the Dot, LLC

    Monte Cahn is Co-Founder and President of Right of the Dot, LLC, a licensed business & domain auction company, Internet consulting and advisement firm specializing in new and existing TLD strategy, Contention Resolution Services, board advisement, premium domain and market positioning, sales and services. Most recently he was Founder and former President of, a Top 7 ICANN Accredited Registrar and former President of, the leading online domain auction and expired names business on the web.

    Monte has been pioneering domain name and virtual property aftermarket services since 1995. During his time with, Monte helped many new and existing TLD’s of all types, have successful launches through registrar promotions, sales and auctions of premium domains, as well as continued marketing and sales support for those TLD’s through various touch points through the companies he operated and partnered with. Monte has more than 24 years of experience in the healthcare, high technology and Internet fields.

    He started investing in domain names in 1995 and helped start the first online domain brokerage business on the Internet in 1996. Success includes participating in the sale of more than $350,000,000 in domain name sales & brokerage, including the industry’s first domain name sale for over $1 million dollars with the sale of and the industry’s first $2 million dollar plus domain sale with the sale of in 1999. Later, he sold the highest dollar domain in history with the sale of for $9.5M and most recently the sale of for $5.5mm. He is also the visionary behind Live and online Domain Auctions. He was also the creator of WhoIs Privacy, for the industry.

    Monte was voted into the 2010 Domain Hall of Fame by his industry peers. He has spoken and presented at more than 100 industry conferences.

    Monte graduated from University of Kentucky with degrees in marketing, biology, and business administration.

    Specialties:Merger and Acquisitions in the Internet Industry, Domain name Registrations, Domain name sales and Auctions, appraisals, and escrow of sales, Domain name acquisitions, Corporate domain name management, Online branding, identity services and web presence, Health care and Medical device sales.

  • Jodee Rich

    CEO , PeopleBrowsr , new TLDs dotCEO, dotBest and dotKred

    Jodee Rich learnt code at 11, took his first company public at 27 and became the head of a telco at 35. Shortly after, he founded PeopleBrowsr – the biggest social datamine in the world, and Kred – the first transparent measure of online influence indexing 500M profiles.

    Today Jodee is the registry owner of dotCEO – The TLD for Leaders, and dotBest – The Best Address on the Internet. Both of these new gTLDs are powered by PeopleBrowsr’s Social OS Platform for TLDs. Social OS turn domains into social networks, creates a Viral Sales Funnel for registries, registrars and resellers and makes domain sales viral.

    Jodee is a tech innovator working towards a freer, more colourful and community-driven internet where domain names double as online identities and social networks. Today everyone online has an email address (or several). Jodee believes the next decade will see every person adopt a domain identity, and many their own social network powered by Social OS

  • Jennifer C. Wolfe, Esq., APR, SSBB

    Founder & CEO, Wolfe Domain, Digital Brand Strategy Advisors

    Jennifer Wolfe is an author, digital leader & global brand IP strategist.  In response to market demands, Wolfe launched Wolfe Domain, Digital Brand Strategy Advisors in 2012. Working with top global brands in media, technology, retail and consumer goods, she leads strategic planning to help her clients navigate the complex and changing landscape of gTLDs and a new holistic approach to digital strategy. Wolfe’s primary focus is in working with CMOs, CDOs and CLOs alike in crossing over important stakeholder groups to develop a strategy to respond to the most important paradigm shift since the Internet began.

    Wolfe also continues to serve as Co-Managing partner of Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby, a leading technology intellectual property law firm serving Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Adobe and other leading technology companies.   Wolfe has partnered in technology start-ups, provides management consulting and intellectual property strategy to Fortune 500 companies, and offers leadership as a member of the board of directors of emerging growth companies including Pub Group Investments, a rapidly growing restaurant concept in leading lifestyle centers across the United States. She also serves on the Generic Name Supporting Organization of ICANN.

    For the third year in a row she was named one of the top 300 global intellectual property strategists by IAM Magazine. She is a two-time past president of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Capital Association, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt in process improvement and nationally accredited in public relations. She was selected as a member of the 2012 class of the Direct Women Institute and completed the Stanford Law School Director’s College in 2013.

    Wolfe’s most recent book, Domain Names Rewired, predicts trends in the next generation of the internet based upon interviews with executives from Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Time Warner, Inc., Re/Max,  Verizon, Scripps Networks, and others. She also co-authored Brand Rewired, on innovation, branding and intellectual property strategy in 2010, which was widely recognized as visionary thinking by global brand executives. Both books were published by Wiley & Sons, Inc.  Wolfe is a regular columnist in Click Z as an expert in gTLDs and is regularly covered in digital marketing publications including Executive Counsel, CIO Magazine, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Inside Counsel, NPR, IPFrontline, E-Week, Pink Magazine, USA Today and more.

    Wolfe earned a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Arts in Organizational Communication and Management from the University of Cincinnati in 1999 and graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University with a degree in journalism in 1993.  She has been trained at Harvard Law School Practicing Law Institute in negotiation and mediation.   She is a member of the United Way de Tocqueville Society and has served on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and Greater Cincinnati Film Commission.  She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, son and new puppy.

  • Leslie Shanklin

    Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Scripps Networks Interactive

    Ms. Shanklin acts as lead IP counsel for Scripps Networks Interactive (“SNI”).  In that role, she manages SNI’s global IP portfolio, including trademarks, copyrights and patents and is actively involved in enforcing and defending those IP assets worldwide.  In this role, Ms. Shanklin also advises the business on strategic and operational issues relating to IP and handles a variety of corporate transactions relating to IP assets.  Ms. Shanklin also acts as lead global privacy and data security counsel for SNI.

    Prior to her present position within SNI, Ms. Shanklin oversaw the legal team at Travel Channel and managed the day-to-day legal work for that network.

    Prior Experience:
    Holland & Knight LLP

    Ms. Shanklin managed the trademark and copyright counseling and litigation practice group in the Washington, D.C. office of the firm, handling a portfolio of clients from a variety of industries, including media, publishing, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer products.  As an associate, Ms. Shanklin worked in the firm’s media law group involved in counseling and litigation on a variety of media law issues, including 1st Amendment, defamation, prior restraint, rights of privacy and publicity, newsgathering torts, marketing and promotions law and IP issues.

    George Washington University National Law Center, J.D., 1992
    University of Virginia, B.A. in English, 1989
    London Business School, Emerging Leaders Programme, 2010

    Admitted to Practice:
    District of Columbia

    Additional Information:Ms. Shanklin has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Chief Counsel for International Commerce and Office of Intellectual Property Rights, as well as personnel from the USPTO, U.S. Copyright Office, U.S. State Department, and U.S. Small Business Administration, to develop the following intellectual property law courses:

    • International Trade and Investment Law Course on Intellectual Property Rights:  Course developed for lawyers and subject matter experts on global protection and enforcement of IPRs.
    • Understanding Intellectual Property Rights:  IPR for U.S. Business:  Course developed for U.S. businesses available online at, a global trade website managed by the International Trade Administration, USDOC (under link “SME IP Training Tutorial”).
  • Sarah Feingold

    Counsel, Etsy, Inc.

    Born an artist, Sarah Feingold decided that the best way to to protect creative folk like herself was to go to law school. She currently serves as counsel of Etsy, Inc. ( and specializes in intellectual property, business and ecommerce law. When she’s not practicing law, she’s writing about legal issues (Sarah penned the ebook “Copyright for Artists”) or hammering silver in her tiny Brooklyn apartment kitchen (

  • James Anstey

    SVP Digital, H&K Strategies

    CURRENT POSITION:James Anstey leads the New York Office’s digital practice.

    PRIOR EXPERIENCE:Prior to joining H+K, James worked as SVP of Digital Solutions for Group FMG where he was responsible for business development  and e-commerce solutions across mobile and social media channels.

    From 2009 to 2012, James was Marketing Director for Havaianas, where he was directly responsible for all North American marketing and e-commerce activities. He introduced Havaianas to digital media and grew its social media presence exponentially, increasing the brand’s Facebook fans from 12,000 to over 900,000. During his tenure, company revenue increased by over 60% and e-commerce revenue rose by 95%.

    Moving from London to the U.S. over 15 years ago with the advertising firm Bates Worldwide, James has co-founded various innovation divisions for top advertising and marketing agencies including Kirshenbaum Bond and Omnicom’s Tracey Locke.

    His clients have included Coca-Cola, Pepsi, HBO, Diageo, Universal Studios, Lexus, Puma, LVMH, Citibank, Gap, Target, Delta Airlines, Ralph Lauren, Coach and more.

    OTHER INFORMATION:James graduated from the University of Bristol in the UK. He lives in Brooklyn with his family. His interests include renovating pre-war houses, snowboarding, rugby, soccer and tennis.

  • Karen Bernstein

    Principal, Bernstein IP

    Karen J. Bernstein has been associated with two highly-regarded Park Avenue intellectual property and entertainment business law firms in Manhattan. As an IP associate, she benefited from working closely with esteemed attorneys and gained experience in her areas of concentration. Karen’s clients include well-known celebrities, speakers, and small to medium sized businesses. Karen has over a decade of legal experience.  She has been a speaker at domain industry events like Domain Roundtable, been interviewed on the PBS Nightly Business Report about new gTLDs.  She has also been consulted on copyright issues and has written about Trademark and Internet law issues. When you need a reliable, knowledgeable, and experienced intellectual property attorney, Karen is the one to go to.

    Karen is an attorney who earned her J.D. from New England School of Law and served as Editor-In-Chief of the Law Journal. Karen is also a winning finalist of the Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Writing Contest sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Grammy’s®.

    Karen earned her J.D. after a successful career in the advertising and music businesses. She co-wrote “Hot For You,” a Pick of the Week in Billboard Magazine®, and she is a full member of ASCAP.  Karen also interned for EMI Recorded Music in the Business Affairs Office while in law school.  With her creative, business, and legal experience Karen understands her clients’ needs in creating effective strategies and goals to succeed.

    University of San Francisco, B.S. Organizational Behavior
    New England School of Law, J.D.

    Court Admissions:
    New York
    United States District Court, Southern District of New York
    United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

    Bar Membership:
    American Bar Association, Member, Advisory Panel
    International Trademark Association (INTA)
    New York State Bar Association: Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law/Intellectual Property Law
    New York County Lawyers Association

  • Aimee Nolan

    Associate General Counsel, W.W. Grainger, Inc.

    Aimee Nolan is Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at W.W. Grainger, Inc.  Aimee is responsible for all aspects of Grainger’s IP portfolio including patents, trademarks, copyrights and domain names.  Aimee also supports the company’s eCommerce business and innovation initiatives and provides counsel in related areas such as privacy, marketing and corporate communications.  Aimee also is a key member of the team working on the company’s gTLD applications for .grainger and .safety.  Aimee has been with Grainger since 1998 and has provided counsel in a variety of areas including corporate and commercial law, bankruptcy, credit and collections, customer and supplies agreements aand services.

    Previously, Aimee Nolan was an Associate in the Intellectual Property Law Departments of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Keck, Mahin and Cate.

    Aimee Nolan is a member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and the International Trademark Association.  Aimee Nolan also is an Executive Member of the Board of Directors of the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation.

    Education: University of Detroit Mercy, JD, 1994 (Law); Michigan State University, James Madison College, BA in International Relations, 1991.  Aimee also attended the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University.

  • John Kane

    Vice President, Corporate Services, Afilias

    John L. Kane is the Vice President of Corporate Services for Afilias, where he oversees the continuing expansion of Afilias’ product offerings, including the launch of more than 300 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under ICANN’s Internet domain name expansion program. For almost 20 years, Kane has focused on the online/Internet industry, specifically in the areas of domain name management, brand protection and Internet security.

    Kane was integral in Afilias’ bid for the .INFO Top Level Domain in 2001, and contributed as Marketing Task Force Leader where he led initial branding, marketing and public relations while working for the Corporation Service Company (CSC). He held a place on the Afilias Board of Directors until 2007 when he joined the company on a full-time basis.

    Kane spent seven years facilitating growth at CSC and its affiliate, The Company Corporation, while leading their sales, marketing and branding efforts. Immediately prior to joining Afilias, he was an Executive Vice President at Demand Media and served as President of its subsidiary, eNom, Inc., an ICANN-accredited registrar.

    Also, he hasbeen an active participant in ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) since its inception in 1998.

  • Bill Doshier

    President, dotStrategy, Co.

    Convinced of the business development potential offered by new TLDs,  Bill Doshier resigned from his sales management position of 20 years to form his own company.

    DotStrategy, Co., is an Arkansas USA based company, with a principal place of business in Conway, Arkansas. The company is the contracted applicant to ICANN for the new TLD .buzz , and is also an applicant for .fun with two additional parties.

    The mission and purpose of the new .BUZZ top level domain is to provide registration space for registrants seeking to label their Internet-based content as noteworthy and as what’s happening right now. .buzz will be the prime online destination for Internet users seeking the latest news on a variety of topics.  Among other communities, .buzz will appeal to those groups involved in blogging, communications, journalism, public relations, event organizers, social networking, entertainment, start-ups, advertising, marketing and development.

    A new face to the Internet community, Bill served as the initial Vice-Chair of the newly formed ICANN New TLD Applicant Group, and remains involved in the ICANN process now as a contracted registry.  He has taken the lead within the applicant community educating the youthful GenZ demographic of the opportunities available through the new TLD program.  His Creating.Buzz101 course, offered in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas College of Business, introduces students first-hand to the technology, utility, and outreach power of new Top Level Domains, and the business side of the Internet registry and registrar experience. Through this class, industry education relating to trademark law, global infrastructure and search engine optimization is introduced.  Additionally, armed with 20+ brilliant interns each semester, Professor Doshier collects leading edge social, creative, and innovative ideas on how  best to explode the .buzz brand. Stay tuned.

  • Gemma Craven

    Executive Director, Head of Social Customer Engagement, OgilvyOne Worldwide

  • Preston Carey

    Business Development Director, US & UK, Yandex

  • Cyrus Namazi

    Vice President, DNS Industry Engagement, ICANN

    Prior to his current position at ICANN, Cyrus Namazi was Principal and co-founder of Claro Concepts, providing consulting services and guidance on bringing products from concept, to design, through manufacturing and to market. With over 20 years of experience in business development, general management, operations and engineering, Namazi has served in a number of executive and management roles in the technology Sector

  • Akram Atallah

    President, Global Domains Division, ICANN

    As the first President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, Akram Atallah oversees management of generic domain operations, domain name industry engagement and web services. His appointment in June 2013 acknowledged the rising importance of the organization’s New gTLD Program that is increasing the Internet’s top-level domain name space from 22 top-level domains like .COM and .ORG to potentially thousands more. He is charged with delivering operational excellence while increasing scale and responsibility.

    A catalyst for driving positive change and growth in technology organizations, Akram first joined ICANN in September 2010 as Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he oversaw operations and strategic planning as ICANN evolved and grew from an entrepreneurial-type start-up to an international and professional organization.

    His diversified technology experience runs the gamut from engineering to process and performance improvement to product development and marketing. Before joining ICANN, he successfully restructured CoreObjects Software, an engineering services start-up, as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he held positions of progressive responsibility at Conexant Systems, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager of its Broadband Access Business Unit. Among his accomplishments at Conexant were improved profit margins, the restructuring of the marketing and engineering functions and restoration of market leadership position.

    Akram has an MBA, a master’s in electrical engineering and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is trilingual in English, Arabic, and French.

  • Johnny Zhu

    CEO, CharmClick, Baidu European partner

    Johnny Honggang Zhu is CEO of CharmClick, Charm Communications Inc. (NASDAQ listed). Johnny is considered a search engine marketing pioneer with specialist knowledge of the Chinese digital market place and paid search marketing. Johnny was the founder and general manager of ClickPro, which was acquired by Charm and integrated into CharmClick in 2011. Under his leadership, CharmClick won the 2012 Baidu Discovery Award and 2011 Taobao Outstanding Partner Award. Most recently, he helped CharmClick become the official SEM agency for Baidu’s European business.

    Prior to ClickPro, Johnny was head of sales support at Google China, where he developed and trained the company’s first SEM team. Prior to that, Mr. Zhu was a senior marketing director and head of digital marketing activities at eBay China.

  • Luke Judge

    Sales and Marketing Director, Net Media Planet

    Luke Judge is Sales & Marketing Director of Net Media Planet. A specialist in maximising the potential of online marketing, Luke has worked with many international clients to achieve a step change in performance globally.

    Luke is responsible for the integrated sales and marketing approach of Net Media Planet, with the aim of growing Net Media Planet’s international reputation as thought leaders in Paid Search and Display Marketing. Since joining the business in 2008, Luke has been responsible for developing commercial relationships with global brands such as Singapore Airlines, Microsoft, and HSBC. Luke is a highly respected industry specialist, and has spoken at a number of conferences all over the world.

  • Jonathon Nevett

    Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Donuts Inc

    Jonathon Nevett is one of Donuts’ Co-Founders and serves as its EVP for Corporate Affairs and on its Board of Directors.  Jon also is a founding Board member of the Domain Name Association, the domain name industry’s trade association.

    Previously, Jon served as Senior Vice President at Network Solutions.  He was Chairman of the Board of NameJet and Central Registry Solutions, two Network Solutions’ joint ventures.

    Jon has served on numerous ICANN task forces, working groups, and panels.  Most recently, he helped form and served as the first Chair of the New gTLD Applicant Group (NTAG).  Jon has advised on how best to protect trademarks with New TLDs, as a member of the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT), the Special Trademark Issue team (STI), and on the International Trademark Association’s Internet Committee.  Jon served for three terms as the elected Chair of the ICANN Registrar Constituency and co-chaired the U.S. Council for International Business’ Domain Name System Working Group.  In 2009, Jon was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group related to issues of child safety and the Internet.

    Prior to joining Network Solutions, Jon worked at MCI and the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis.  Jon received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University.

  • George Faulkner

    Manager, Social Brand Engagement, IBM

    Husband, Dad, best friend and dilettante, George Faulkner was raised just outside of New York City.  Educated through many years of entrepreneurial hard labor, George also earned a Communications degree from Emerson College in Boston Massachusetts, and holds a degree in Audio Engineering.

    George joined the IBM Corporate Communications team in 1996.  He was turned away at the main security gate in Armonk when reporting on his first day, as there had been a fire in the building that morning.  He has worked since his second day at IBM in Media Research, Internal and External Strategy, New Media / External Relations, Corporate Content team, and led IBM’s Social Brand Engagement strategy program. His latest role is in managing IBM’s Social Content and Engagement Strategy team as a part of IBM’s Content Strategy and Activation organization located in the IBM Marketing & Communications Design Lab in New York City.

    Prior to joining IBM, George has been a published music critic, spent years as a touring songwriter and performer, has engineered and produced albums for a number of artists, a record label owner, and has worked the thankless job of production assistant on a number of NYC film and television productions.  At IBM George has helped produce a large number of print publications, websites, the IBM Media Library, and the Minds of Modern Mathematics iPad app among other things. As the administrator of the largest and most successful (official) Beach Boys message board in the 1990’s, George learned everything he knows about leading web communities and moderating rabid online crowds. He loves his wife, his children, his job, and microphones.

  • Jeff Sass

    CMO, .CLUB Domains, LLC

    Jeff has 30 years of experience in the technology and entertainment industries and has co-founded several start-ups including mobile commerce pioneer in 1999.  As Vice President, Chief Evangelist at Myxer, from 2007 to 2012 Jeff played a significant role in growing the mobile entertainment company into one of the top 15 mobile websites in the U.S. He is a Co-Founder of EntrepreneurWiki, and Social Object Factory.

    Jeff has also written and produced for film and television and has a deep understanding of the content business that is unique for a tech executive.  A graduate of Cornell University, Jeff is a frequent speaker and panelist on mobile marketing, digital music, entrepreneurship and social media. He is also an online instructor for the University of San Francisco’s Mobile Marketing Program. Jeff has had articles published in AdAge, Forbes, DMNews, Mobile Marketer, iMedia Connection and others. He is a co-host of the Cast of Dads podcast and writes regularly for a number of blogs including,, and his personal blog,Sassholes! He also served as an Intel Advisor and Sony Digidad.

  • Chris Malone

    Managing Partner, Fidelum Partners

    Chris Malone is Founder and Managing Partner of Fidelum Partners. He leads the firm’s Customer Insights and Strategy practice that helps clients develop growth strategies that drive their business performance.

    Chris has over 20 years of sales, marketing, consulting and organizational leadership experience, and a track record of driving growth and profitability.  He held senior marketing positions at leading organizations such as Choice Hotels, ARAMARK, Coca-Cola, the National Basketball Association, and Procter & Gamble and has consulted to a broad range of Fortune 500 companies.

    As Chief Marketing Officer of Choice Hotels, one of the largest hotel companies in the world, with over 6,000 hotels open worldwide, Chris led the company’s 800 person global consumer marketing, worldwide travel industry sales, e-commerce and reservations organization. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, Marketing for ARAMARK Corporation, a multinational food, facility and uniform services enterprise with over $12 billion in revenue annually.

    Chris is also co-author of The Human Brand: How We Relate to People, Products & Companies, which was published by the Jossey-Bass division of Wiley Publishing in October 2013.

    Chris holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Shaul Jolles

    CEO, Dot Latin LLC

    Shaul Jolles envisioned the transition of his real estate holdings into the creation of various startup and incubator developments about 4 years ago.  Jolles’ personal desire, and eye for design and innovation, allowed him to focus his entrepreneurial energy into an emerging technology industry by founding various innovative startups and startup incubators around the U.S. Jolles’ initial efforts included co-founding OfficePort, a coworking business center with 2 locations in Kansas City and 1 in Chicago with over 200 start-ups.  Jolles efforts of championing entrepreneurship have been covered in various national media outlets and he has received national awards for his unique concepts and approach. Jolles has been honored by presenting at numerous entrepreneurship forums, including entrepreneurship focused White House events. Jolles holds a masters degree in Finance from the University of Missouri Kansas City and is the proud father of four sons.

    As the CEO of Dot Latin, LLC, Jolles is committed and focused on bridging the gap between English and Spanish content on the Internet.

  • Jose Ignacio Rasco

    Managing Director, Straat Investments

    José Ignacio is the Managing Director and a co-founder of STRAAT, overseeing all investments and relations with portfolio companies. Previously, he was CFO and head of the company’s real estate investments. He serves on the board of directors of the portfolio companies where STRAAT maintains a board seat. In 2007, he led the company’s investment in .CO Internet and was responsible for the financial and company structuring for the new entity. Prior to joining STRAAT, José Ignacio was an Audit Supervisor at Morrison Brown Argiz&Farra CPAs. He is a CPA, graduated from the Wharton School of Business and has a Master’s degree in Taxation from Florida International University.

  • William Martinez

    Director .gop Registry, Republican State Leadership Committee

    Will Martinez heads up the .gop registry for the Republican State Leadership Committee. Will graduated from Georgetown University and his background includes two years in the Analyst program at Goldman Sachs before working for a successful technology startup aimed at yield management for restaurants called “” which was acquired by Groupon in late 2012. Most recently and prior to joining the .gop team, Will worked on the advance team for the Romney for President campaign.

  • Steve Machin

    C.E.O, The Dot Tickets Organisation

  • Michael Berkens

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Right of the Dot, LLC

    Michael H. Berkens, Esq. is Co-Founder and Managing Director at Right of the Dot, LLC, an Internet consulting and advisement firm specializing in new and existing TLD strategy, board advisement, premium domain and market positioning, sales and services.

    Michael founded Worldwide Media Inc., in 1997, which owns and manages an investment portfolio of more than 75,000 domains. In 1999, Worldwide Media launched its retail site,, which is responsible for tens of millions in domain sales among the business and domain community.

    Michael holds a law degree (JD) as well as an LLM degree in Taxation from the University of Florida Michael is a domain valuation and development expert. His evaluation and expertise has been tapped in several of the highest profile sales and auction evens in recent years. Michael’s legal expertise is focused on tax law and intellectual property rights. His work in the domain industry includes cases related to the various rights of domain owners, domain investors and other intellectual property rights issues.

    Since 2007, he has published a widely-read blog call TheDomains, in which he has written thousands of posts which have generated well over 35,000 comments. has generated close to 2 million visits.

    Michael has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and USA Today among other publications on the domain industry.

    Michael holds a Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from Stetson College of Law, and a Masters in Tax Law (L.L.M.) from the University of Florida. Michael was an associate Editor of the Stetson Law Review and has had articles published in both that publication as well as the University of Miami Law Review.

  • Rich Merdinger

    Vice President of Domains, GoDaddy

    Richard leads GoDaddy’s Domain and Aftermarket Product Development teams and is responsible for Domain Registrations, Domain Auctions, Domain Parking, and Managed DNS.Richard has been with GoDaddy since 1997 when he joined as the company’s first technical employee.  He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.In his spare time, Richard enjoys hanging out at home with his wife and three daughters, with the occasional game of golf thrown in for sanity.

  • Philip Sheppard

    Director General, Brand Registry Group


    Merchant Taylors’ School 1971 –76
    University of Southampton, 1977-80 B.Sc. Economics.


    Philip Sheppard is Director General the Brand Registry Group, a trade association for owners of a top-level domain name that matches their that matches their brand, a product or service. Philip is also Managing Partner of Zaparazzi sprl, a public affairs consultancy based in Brussels. Zaparazzi specialises in domain name policy, intellectual property rights and government affairs. Another part of the consultancy focuses on arts development, coaching and meeting facilitation.

    Philip previously worked in Shell (1980-90) in London and Ireland before finishing as their petrochemicals marketing manager Middle East based in Dubai. He then worked as a consultant for Ernst & Young in Switzerland. More recently he was Public Affairs Manager for the European Brands Association – AIM, based in Brussels.

    Voluntary and other work
    International Public Relations Association
    Board member
    Chairman Electoral Commission 2010 – 2012
    Chairman codes committee 2010 – 2011
    President 2007.

    ICANN – the global Internet co-ordination body
    Chairman Registry Stakeholders Group evolution working group 2013
    Member Digital Engagement Advisory Group 2013
    Member Trademark Clearing House Implementation Group 2012
    Chairman Operations Steering Committee 2010
    Elected representative to Council 1999 – 2009
    Member President’s Committee UN issues 2004
    Chairman of the Names Council 2001-2002.

    Member European Commission Stakeholders Dialogue Group
    Vice-President Society of European Affairs Professionals
    Freeman of the City of London.

    Telephone (mobile)  + 32 2 477 469852
    Private e-mail 
    Twitter                    Philip_Sheppard

  • David Green

    Head of Global Digital Marketing, KPMG

    David Green is Head of Global Digital Marketing for KPMG, a $23 billion professional services firm, where he is responsible for worldwide digital marketing strategy and operations, developing both organizational capability and competence in digital.

    David has been involved with the domain industry for several years. Represented by David, KPMG was the only brand to be invited by ICANN to participate at its ‘Reveal Day’ press conference when new TLD applicants where announced to the world. KPMG is also a founding member of the Brand Registry Group, which represents private brand applicants with the ICANN gTLD liberalization process. David has also contributed to an ICANN CEO roundtable video, along with Vint Cerf and Steve Crocker, on the future of the domain industry.

    With a portfolio of published articles , including Newsweek, Financial Times, The Independent, and peer-reviewed research papers, David is a regular speaker at Internet conferences in Europe and N America and has been cited in media including The Economist, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

    David is a Chartered Information Scientist.

  • Jennie-Marie Larsen

    Chief Executive Officer, Domain Diction

    Jennie-Marie has an extensive marketing, PR & business development background in web-based products and services with years of experience launching new businesses through digital marketing and channel management. She entered the domain name industry 12 years ago as Head of Europe for NeuStar´s registry business and participated in the creation, market introduction and development of their channel business for .BIZ, .US, and ccTLDs. Jennie-Marie is fluent in English, French, German and Norwegian.

  • Peter LaMantia

    CEO, AuthenticWeb Inc.

    Peter has operated in the domain and web service space since the late 1990s. He was President of a $20 million Web services, domain registrar and Fortune1000 entity. He drove a value proposition transformation introducing new online marketing services and integrated the business into a major US brand. In addition to previous VP roles at technology firms, Peter operated a management consulting firm for a decade, working with CEOs to bring web and communication services to new markets. Peter became an expert in the gTLD program through his work completing the application and business plan for .CLUB.  Recognizing the tremendous innovation opportunities for brands in owning their own .Brand name space, Peter founded Authentic Web where he and his team are building technologies specifically designed to leverage proprietary .Brand registry capabilities. Peter rides his bicycle a lot.