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'''Jothan Frakes''' is a trusted New [[gTLD]] industry expert,<ref>[http://www.pageinsider.com/jothan.mobi Pageinsider]</ref> who understands the registry and registrar industries and secondary marketplace for new Top Level Domains and has held a number of senior leadership positions within the industry.
 
'''Jothan Frakes''' is a trusted New [[gTLD]] industry expert,<ref>[http://www.pageinsider.com/jothan.mobi Pageinsider]</ref> who understands the registry and registrar industries and secondary marketplace for new Top Level Domains and has held a number of senior leadership positions within the industry.
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A strong advocate of new Top Level Domain names and Internationalized Domain Names, Jothan is a volunteer with the Mozilla Foundation, aiding with the Public Suffix List and [[The Domain Name Association]] Marketing and Technical Committees.  He is co-founder and executive producer of the [[NamesCon]] conference.  Jothan is active in media and at industry conferences such as [[DOMAINfest]], [[T.R.A.F.F.I.C.]], [[NewDomains.org]], [[dot-nxt]], as a respected speaker, panelist, moderator, and event emcee.<ref>[https://dot-nxt.com/user/15 Bio, dot-nxt.com]</ref> He has been a highly active [[ICANN]] participant since ICANN's inception.
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Jothan is the CEO of ICANN Accredited Registrar PLISK.COM, the Executive Director of [https://thedna.org The Domain Name Association,] and the Co-founder and content producer of the popular [https://mergeshow.com MERGE] conference, as well as a consultant for registry/registrar strategic and operational projects, and expert witness services requiring ICANN and domain name experience.
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A strong advocate of new Top Level Domain names and Internationalized Domain Names, Jothan is a volunteer with the Mozilla Foundation, aiding with the [[PSL|Public Suffix List]] and [[The Domain Name Association]] Marketing and Technical Committees.  He is co-founder and executive producer of MERGE! and co-founded the [[NamesCon]] conference, which was acquired by [[GoDaddy]] in 2016.  Jothan is active in media and at industry conferences such as ICANN Regional Meetings and the [[ICANN GDD Summits]], as well as [[NamesCon]], [[MERGE]], [[Cloudfest]], [[DomainingEurope]], IoN.Asia, [[DOMAINfest]], [[T.R.A.F.F.I.C.]], [[NewDomains.org]], [[dot-nxt]], as a respected speaker, panelist, moderator, and event emcee.<ref>[https://dot-nxt.com/user/15 Bio, dot-nxt.com]</ref> He has been a highly active [[ICANN]] participant since ICANN's inception.
    
== Recent Work ==
 
== Recent Work ==
Jothan helped to establish the [[NamesCon]] Domain Industry Conference and serves as the content producer and chair of the content committee. Jothan took a very low industry profile from early 2012 through mid 2014 to serve as an external subject matter resource on the project of Initial and Extended Evaluation, consulting with KPMG for ICANN's New TLD program Technical and Financial Evaluation.  Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Channel Management at [[Sedari]], and previously was a co-founder of the COO of [[Minds + Machines]] (from February 2009 to April 2010); he is currently working to help new top level domain applicants understand the process and make the best solutions for their specific needs.  
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Jothan works tirelessly to help bring Domain Names out of the background, to educate, evangelize and engage about the benefits, value and utility of domains and DNS as crucial Internet technology.  He speaks frequently at ICANN and Hosting conferences, adjacent industry events, and operates the MERGE conference as co-founder.  Jothan co-founded the [[NamesCon]] Domain Industry Conference as well as a number of other events that promote the industry of domain names. Jothan took a very low industry profile from early 2012 through mid 2014 to serve as an external subject matter resource on the project of Initial and Extended Evaluation, consulting with KPMG for ICANN's New TLD program Technical and Financial Evaluation.  Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President of Channel Management at [[Sedari]], and previously was a co-founder of the COO of [[Minds + Machines]] (from February 2009 to April 2010); he is currently working to help new top level domain applicants understand the process and make the best solutions for their specific needs.  
    
He is formerly the Senior Director of Strategy and Registry Relations at [[Oversee.net]] in the Domain Management division, where he worked with [[SnapNames]] and [[Moniker]], and with the Corporate Development team at Oversee.net in the area of Domain Portfolio Acquisitions and Industry Relations.<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/in/jothanfrakes linkedin]</ref>
 
He is formerly the Senior Director of Strategy and Registry Relations at [[Oversee.net]] in the Domain Management division, where he worked with [[SnapNames]] and [[Moniker]], and with the Corporate Development team at Oversee.net in the area of Domain Portfolio Acquisitions and Industry Relations.<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/in/jothanfrakes linkedin]</ref>
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