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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 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.
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 ==
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>
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Jothan also is a public speaker on the domain marketplace, having spoken and moderated in multiple domain name trade shows. In addition to speaking at [[CENTR]] in 2006 and 2008, the [[DOMAINfest|Domainer Meeting]] in Paris, Jaipa's [[BOF]] at the 2007 Interop in Tokyo, and the 2006 Technical Workshop in Frankfurt for [[Denic]], he recently moderated panels at [[DOMAINfest]], [[TARGETED TRAFFIC]] in the US and Australia, and the [[Domain Roundtable]], as well as special workshops on the domain marketplace at the Sao Paulo, Brazil and Marrakech, Morocco [[ICANN]] meetings in December and July of 2006; he moderated a tutorial panel on the domain aftermarket at the meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in March of 2007, and participated in an [[ALAC]] tutorial on Domain Tasting at the San Juan, Puerto Rico meeting in June of 2007, and spoke at both INTEROP Tokyo and HostingCon 2007 Chicago on the overall domain name marketplace.<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/in/jothanfrakes linkedin]</ref> Jothan was the executive event producer for the 2005 and 2006 [[Domain Roundtable|Domain Roundtable Conferences]], responsible for all content, speakers, keynotes, sponsorship, and topics. He has also been involved in both [[.nxt]] conferences held in 2011.<ref>[http://dot-nxt.com/profile/profile_job_title/SVP%2C%20Channel%20Management Bio, dot-nxt.com]</ref>
== Career History ==
Previously, Jothan was the Vice President of Business Development at [[Name Intelligence]], operators of [[Domain Tools]]. He worked there from from September 2004 to July of 2006, and prior to that he was a senior manager at [[Verisign]]'s Naming and Directory Services in engineering, and completed a 7 year career there in June of 2004.
[[File:JoshuaCaricature.jpg|thumb|right|Joshua, Jothan's son, attended the March 2011 ICANN Meeting in San Francisco.]]
He has specialized in Domain Name technical operations and [[DNS]] since 1993, with a particular career focus on [[ccTLD]] and [[gTLD]] operations and the ccTLD industry, [[NANOG]], and the ICANN process.
In the past decade, Jothan has been Technical Operator of 5 [[ccTLD]]s, and CTO of a registrar/registry company, and is versed in the provisioning and delivery systems for registration and resolution systems used in TLD operations.
Jothan is a member of [[ISOC]], a consulting member of [[CoCCA]], a frequent contributor to [[CircleID]], this Wiki, and [[ICANNWatch]].<ref>[http://www.linkedin.com/in/jothanfrakes linkedin]</ref>
Mr. Frakes invented a number of [[Verisign]]'s technology patents. He is also a volunteer with the [[Mozilla]] foundation.<ref>[http://dot-nxt.com/profile/profile_job_title/SVP%2C%20Channel%20Management Bio, dot-nxt.com]</ref>
Jothan was interviewed by [[Ray King]] during [[ICANN 50]] in London:
[[Frogans]] Technology Conference 3 - NamesCon 2015 Recap Session
Throughout the years, Jothan has made a habit of meeting 2-3 new people who are newcomers at ICANN meetings he attends, and helps them acclimate and mentors them. Because he takes the time to do this, he has often been referred to by the nickname "The Mayor of ICANN".<ref>[https://dot-nxt.com/user/15 Bio, dot-nxt.com]</ref>
Jothan was featured as the King of Spades in the [[Senegal Playing Card Deck]].
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