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MERGE is a group of DIGITAL ASSET EVENTS with a focus on current trends in a holistic manner, and different technologies, segments, and sectors.  MERGE attendees, speakers, and sponsors can audit different but adjacent technology disciplines and build meaningful ROLODEX DIVERSITY while exploring new regions of opportunity.

MERGE will take place within the entirety of the Grand Ballroom space at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista, located in Orlando, Florida.

Registered attendees will be treated to a variety of content that comes from the different shows and events and group meetings that are occurring during MERGE, as well as keynotes, panels and networking activities.

Interested in sponsoring? There are some last-minute options available.

Meanwhile, check out MERGE.SHOW for more information, and stay tuned!

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Digital Search Summit [clear filter]
Friday, September 14
 

2:00pm EDT

Early Expo Hall Setup (Sponsors Only)
Early Booth and Expo Setup (closed to public) 

Friday September 14, 2018 2:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

5:30pm EDT

Connection Groups / Dinner Arrangements
Arrivals and early networking are a fantastic way to get a great start to your conference.  Sometimes leaving the arrival dinner open to serendipity works out well.  For those who would like some assistance in connecting with others to meet for dinner, use the form link "ENGAGE" to be connected with others who are arriving Friday for dining groups at venue or Disney Springs Restaurants.

We have the 'engage' tool for setting up plans in advance, but if you prefer to leave plans up to serendipity, you might find great Dinner company either at Jon T's Lounge (located in the corner of the lobby) or over at the foyer just outside Salon 4/5 as Sponsors are setting up their booths.

Friday September 14, 2018 5:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Various - Disney Springs

8:00pm EDT

No-Host Networking @ Jon T's Lounge
Looking to connect with other MERGE conference attendees before it all begins?

Jon T's Lounge, located in the corner of the Lobby near the MERGE conference space, will be a very likely place to find fellow conference-goers - Enjoy after-hours no-host networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and other attendees and boost your pre-conference benefits.

Friday September 14, 2018 8:00pm - Saturday September 15, 2018 12:00am EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Networking

10:00pm EDT

VIPs Hospitality Suite hosted by .ICU
VIP Ticket Holder Event - network and schmooze with the VIPs and Speakers

Friday September 14, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday September 15, 2018 12:00am EDT
THE Hospitality Suite Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs
  MERGE, Networking
 
Saturday, September 15
 

7:00am EDT

Expo Hall Setup (Sponsors Only)
EXPO Hall setup for booths, banners, and other sponsoring participants.  NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC

Saturday September 15, 2018 7:00am - 11:45am EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:00pm EDT

Welcome Ceremony
Join us as we welcome the attendees to the second annual MERGE and CMS Summit, fifth THE Domain Conference, and launch the TLDFest and SubMerge/Subbox conferences with the MERGE Blockchain and MERGE Security brands.

Speakers
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →
avatar for Ray Neu

Ray Neu

Co-Founder, MERGE! Show
avatar for Jason Nickerson

Jason Nickerson

Founder, CMS Summit
Open Source Evangelist


Saturday September 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Networking

12:45pm EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Saturday September 15, 2018 12:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:45pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Lunch Break - (here are some locations to try)
Break for lunch - Attendees have a variety of options to select from to buy their lunches at.  Try Rum Largo out by the pool for appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Alternatively, Covington Mills has an Ala Carte menu from 7am-3pm

Click here for a list of Hotel Restaurants

Saturday September 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

2:00pm EDT

Extending CMS's - PANEL
Content Management System's at the core offer users a way to handle their content, but what about adding features? WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Craft, and others all provide extendable solutions with plugins and extensions. In this panel, speakers will discuss the needed features and solutions for extending your CMS.

Moderators
avatar for Duke Speer

Duke Speer

Chief Coffee Distributor, The Elevating Project

Speakers
avatar for Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Co-Owner, Data Driven Labs
Chris is co-owner of Data Driven Labs, a WordPress Maintenance and Marketing agency. He is a 17-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development. He specializes in WordPress custom development utilizing... Read More →
avatar for Mike Herschel

Mike Herschel

Senior Front End Developer, Lullabot
This session will have two speakers (both named Mike):----------------Mike Herchel is a Senior Front-end Developer at Lullabot and has worked on prominent projects such as the Syfy network, SpaceX, Principal Financial, and more. He’s been passionate about web development since creating... Read More →
avatar for Tim Knight

Tim Knight

Director of User Experience, GravityFree Studios
Tim Knight is an award-winning product designer and software developer who has been working on the web since 1996. Since 2002, Tim has been working in the agency world to help clients develop their web projects both in service and product design. He is currently the Director of User... Read More →
avatar for Jason Nickerson

Jason Nickerson

Founder, CMS Summit
Open Source Evangelist


Saturday September 15, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  CMS Summit, Panel

2:45pm EDT

PART 1 of 3: DIRECT ADVERTISERS OR PARKING - WHAT IS BETTER FOR MY DOMAINS
How do you extract the full value from your domain traffic?  What kind of domains should be parked? How do you send traffic to multiple advertising networks?  Can you get more value by controlling the page layout?

Moderators
avatar for Christa Taylor

Christa Taylor

CEO, dotTBA Inc.
Christa Taylor is passionate about new gTLDs and their impact on the internet, she has launched new gTLDs, supported over 50 new gTLDs applicants, ranging from small companies to some of the largest brands in the world, developed business strategies, marketing and promotional strategies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthias Kaiser

Matthias Kaiser

Chief Operating Officer, Traffic.Club SARL
Matthias has extensive experience developing and executing business strategies in domain-monetisation, registration, brokerage and management on a global scale since 2006.Before joining Namedrive in 2006, he was intimately involved with the creative planning and organizing of large... Read More →
avatar for Sam Tseng

Sam Tseng

Team Internet
avatar for David Warmuz

David Warmuz

CEO, Trellian / Above.com
David started investing in domain names in 1997.  Today, he is one of the largest portfolio owners in the world.With the launch of Above.com in 2008, David and his late brother Ren revolutionized the way that domain traffic was monetized.  From the beginning, Above's technology... Read More →


Saturday September 15, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:30pm EDT

Lead Generation: What’s the Point of a Persona Without a Plan?
Lead Generation: What’s the Point of a Persona Without a Plan?

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Lantzman

Naomi Lantzman

Signify Studio
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Naomi Lantzman is a digital marketing consultant now residing in sunny Tampa, Florida with her husband and two young children. She helps businesses and organizations leverage the power of digital marketing to increase their visibility, engage with... Read More →


Saturday September 15, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
2: EMOJI Breakout Room Salon 2, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:30pm EDT

PART 2 of 3: DIRECT ADVERTISERS OR PARKING - WHAT IS BETTER FOR MY DOMAINS
How do you extract the full value from your domain traffic?  What kind of domains should be parked? How do you send traffic to multiple advertising networks?  Can you get more value by controlling the page layout?

Moderators
avatar for Christa Taylor

Christa Taylor

CEO, dotTBA Inc.
Christa Taylor is passionate about new gTLDs and their impact on the internet, she has launched new gTLDs, supported over 50 new gTLDs applicants, ranging from small companies to some of the largest brands in the world, developed business strategies, marketing and promotional strategies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marlon Phillips

Marlon Phillips

VP Sales, Protected Parking
I have been working on and in internet based businesses since 1995. I bought my first domain in 1996 and have been actively monetizing domain traffic since 2000. I know domain monetization and if you need help is this area I would be happy to discuss.
avatar for Mike Robertson

Mike Robertson

Director of Business Development, Fabulous
Domain name professional with over 15 years experience specializing in buying, selling, managing and monetizing domain names. Total domain sales in excess of 8-figures, including BTC.com (sale price $1M), CBA.com (sold to Commonwealth Bank of Australia) eSignature.com (sold to Adobe... Read More →
avatar for James Tuplin

James Tuplin

Director Of Business Development, Bodis


Saturday September 15, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

5:00pm EDT

Rock the Cash Bar : Cocktails in the Expo Hall
Schmooze and network with other conference attendees, sponsors, speakers and guests amidst the lovely glow of our amazing and vibrant sponsor booths.

Please note this is a no-host activity.


Saturday September 15, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

8:00pm EDT

Hospitality Suite Networking- Sponsored by Fabulous.com
VIP Ticket Required

Enjoy after-hours networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and more!

Sponsors

Saturday September 15, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Networking
 
Sunday, September 16
 

9:30am EDT

CMS Summit Keynote: Robert Jacobi
Embracing Open Source Tools and Software for solutions


Speakers
avatar for Robert Jacobi

Robert Jacobi

Executive Vice President, Perfect Dashboard
Robert Jacobi is Executive Vice President, Sales for Perfect Dashboard, the leading WordPress security and update solution. Robert has been in the content management and hosting support space for over 20 years professionally, as well as contributor and President of the open source... Read More →


Sunday September 16, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00am EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Sunday September 16, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00am EDT

Speaker Green Room and Conference Organizer Space
Need some quiet space for a meeting, catching up on email, or important discussions?  This is the place


Sunday September 16, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm EDT
3: DNA Lounge / VIP Meeting Room Salon 3, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:15am EDT

Bringing your site to life - functional SVG animation
It's no longer "Animation on the web" ... the trend is "Animation of the Web." Whether expanding page elements to show more detail, using layers to make a complex topic simple, viewing real-time metrics and BI graphics, or navigation elements that keep users oriented to a site's Information Architecture and flow, vector graphics are not just for fancy icons and responsive logos. This talk explores bringing movement into your CMS template in a way that supports your brand, enhances user comfort and improves their experience, while reducing site footprint and enhancing performance. Guidelines will be shared for selecting the optimum tools for a particular task. Demos will range from simple native CSS transforms and using the emerging Web Animation API, to illustrating complex ideas using BI tools (D3 and Chartist) and GreenSock . Following the survey of technologies, we will have a deep dive into example implementations to contrast the animation techniques and highlight the few cross-browser and cross-platform implementation issues you need to avoid in your projects. We will end with exploring GreenSock 's MorphSVG  and DrawSVG plugins. There is a reason GSAP has quickly become the go-to tool for fast, browser-stable production solutions.

DUKE: Facebook Twitter  

Speakers
avatar for Duke Speer

Duke Speer

Chief Coffee Distributor, The Elevating Project


Sunday September 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  CMS Summit, Panel or Presentation

10:15am EDT

Digital Strategy Management and SEO
Alex brings his SEO tips and search techniques in supporting Westgate and other high traffic websites.


Speakers
avatar for Alex Alexakis

Alex Alexakis

PixelChefs.com
Alex gives brands the survival skills they need to survive in the wild wild web. His approach to digitalmarketing involves hard core optimizations, candid recommendations, and none of the “salesy sleaze”you’ll find online. He is a black belt in web design, UI design, and a certifiable... Read More →


Sunday September 16, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am EDT
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

11:15am EDT

Using Wordpress Effectively with Multiple Domains
Speakers
avatar for Kellie Peterson

Kellie Peterson

Automattic


Sunday September 16, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Keynote

12:15pm EDT

PART 3 of 3: DIRECT ADVERTISERS OR PARKING - WHAT IS BETTER FOR MY DOMAINS
How do you extract the full value from your domain traffic?  What kind of domains should be parked? How do you send traffic to multiple advertising networks?  Can you get more value by controlling the page layout?

Moderators
avatar for Christa Taylor

Christa Taylor

CEO, dotTBA Inc.
Christa Taylor is passionate about new gTLDs and their impact on the internet, she has launched new gTLDs, supported over 50 new gTLDs applicants, ranging from small companies to some of the largest brands in the world, developed business strategies, marketing and promotional strategies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam J. Epstein

Adam J. Epstein

President and COO, AdMarketplace


Sunday September 16, 2018 12:15pm - 12:45pm EDT
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:15pm EDT

Embracing SaaS - PANEL
Software as a service is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. SaaS has become a common delivery model for many business applications, including office software, messaging software, payroll processing software, DBMS software, management software, CAD software, development software, gamification, virtualization, accounting, collaboration, customer relationship management (CRM), Management Information Systems (MIS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), invoicing, human resource management (HRM), talent acquisition, learning management systems, content management (CM), and service desk management.SaaS has been incorporated into the strategy of nearly all leading enterprise software companies.

Moderators
avatar for Duke Speer

Duke Speer

Chief Coffee Distributor, The Elevating Project

Speakers
avatar for Gev Balyan

Gev Balyan

Founder, Ucraft
Gev Balyan is the founder of Ucraft. He has extensive experience in CMSs and in the democratization of web development. Gev also has special interest in user experience and search engine optimization. He has limitless energy that passes to all the members of his awesome team.
avatar for Justin Davis

Justin Davis

Founder, CrowdSync
Justin Davis is a user experience designer and founder of Madera Labs and CrowdSync. A veteran technologist with nearly 20 years experience in designing and building digital products, Justin has worked with companies like Google, Coke Zero and Bic to help design compelling product... Read More →
avatar for Robert Jacobi

Robert Jacobi

Executive Vice President, Perfect Dashboard
Robert Jacobi is Executive Vice President, Sales for Perfect Dashboard, the leading WordPress security and update solution. Robert has been in the content management and hosting support space for over 20 years professionally, as well as contributor and President of the open source... Read More →
avatar for Nikolay Nedev

Nikolay Nedev

Business Development, Ranking Coach
Nikolay Nedev has a played key role in Business Development at rankingCoach for the past 2 years. Having over 12 years of experience in IaaS and PaaS, Nikolay previously managed a hosting partner program that covers almost 90 Countries worldwide.Being an expert in Business Development... Read More →


Sunday September 16, 2018 12:15pm - 1:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:45pm EDT

Lunch Break - (here are some locations to try)
Break for lunch - Attendees have a variety of options to select from to buy their lunches at.  Try Rum Largo out by the pool for appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Alternatively, Covington Mills has an Ala Carte menu from 7am-3pm

Click here for a list of Hotel Restaurants

Sunday September 16, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:45pm EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Sunday September 16, 2018 1:45pm - 6:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:45pm EDT

3:15pm EDT

TOSI VS. GDPR VS. WHOIS PRIVACY - HOW IS THE DOMAIN INVESTOR AFFECTED?
WHOIS, WHAT WAS, and WHAT THE.  Have you noticed that the recent GDPR deadline of May 25th made it harder to figure out who owns a domain name?

Balancing the national laws that impact the discussions, Registries and Registrars are subject to contracts with ICANN, and the whole thing is a sweet, hot mess, where issues that were not possible to solve in decades are being forced to resolution in a very short term.

Have you heard of the "Transparent, Open and Secure Internet Act of 2018"?  The US Congress is being led by whois mining companies to enact law that makes it illegal to comply with the GDPR, in order to reset WHOIS information to WHAT WAS before May 25, 2018.



Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ari  Goldberger

Ari Goldberger

Counsel, ESQwire.com PC
Ari Goldberger is an entrepreneur and lawyer who created the Internet law firmESQwire.com and is the founder and CEO of the best name in healthcare, MD.com. After graduating with honors from Rutgers Law School, in 1992 Ari began practicing as a litigator with Pepper Hamilton, LLC... Read More →
avatar for Gerald Levine

Gerald Levine

Partner, Levine Samuel, LLP
avatar for Steve Lieberman

Steve Lieberman

Attorney, Greenberg & Lieberman
Intellectual Property, Bicycling, Gadgets, Tech
avatar for Zak Muscovitch

Zak Muscovitch

Lawyer, DNattorney.com
Zak Muscovitch is the principal of The Muscovitch Law Firm which operates DNattorney.com. Zak has practiced international domain name law since 1999.Zak represents parties in domain name leasing transactions and has completed leasing arrangements for domain names valued in the millions... Read More →


Sunday September 16, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

4:30pm EDT

Jeff Sass: Branding Lessons - From Monster Movies to Domain Names
Jeff SassAn established and successful chief marketing officer and entrepreneur, once upon a time Jeff Sass spent seven years making low-budget action/horror films for legendary independent movie studio Troma, home of THE TOXIC AVENGER. It turns out there are a lot of similarities between film making and starting companies, and the lessons Jeff learned making B-movies have served him well in the C-Suite.
"Everything I Know about Business and Marketing, I Learned from The Toxic Avenger (One Man’s Journey to Hell’s Kitchen and Back)" is full of practical business and marketing insight and inspiration drawn from the often comical trials and tribulations of creating cult-classic independent films. Sass shares lessons learned from his experiences ranging from RABID GRANNIES to READING RAINBOW (yes, at one time Troma actually represented licensing rights to the Emmy Award–Winning PBS TV series!), and he cleverly turns his tales of movie making mayhem into useful nuggets of business and marketing wisdom applicable to any industry, including yours.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass

DotClub



Sunday September 16, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Keynote

5:30pm EDT

Larry Fischer's "Registered or Not Registered"
Larry Fisher invented a game show - where the audience competes for prizes while guessing which of the domain names listed are 'Registered or Not Registered'.  Sounds crazy, but it is CRAZY FUN!

This fun, lively activity is very popular at conferences and a perfect bookend to the day's activities before enjoying cocktails and evening networking, and Larry's careful curation and fun presentation style makes these a truly special part of the whole MERGE experience.

Speakers

Sunday September 16, 2018 5:30pm - 6:15pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

6:15pm EDT

THE Domain Conference Famous Welcome Cocktail sponsored by SitePlug
Schmooze and network with other conference attendees, sponsors, speakers and guests amidst the lovely glow of our amazing and vibrant sponsor booths.

Enjoy a beverage and some canapes and hors d'oeuvres with some great company at this classic institution of networking.

Sponsored by SitePlug 

Sponsors

Sunday September 16, 2018 6:15pm - 8:15pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

9:00pm EDT

Hospitality Suite Networking: Sponsored by Fabulous.com
Enjoy after-hours networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and more!

Sponsors

Sunday September 16, 2018 9:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Networking
 
Monday, September 17
 

9:00am EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Monday September 17, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

9:00am EDT

11:00am EDT

Plenary Panel - Cryptocurrency/Blockchain - Practical Benefits and Where To Use It, Where Not To
Crypto and Blockchain offer a number of benefits and advantages.  

Blockchain has many benefits.  Also, it has many costs and implications.  It is certainly more than a buzzword when the time comes to actually do the work, and there are areas where the advantages of Blockchain may or may not be an ideal fit.

Learn from these experts about the interesting ways these are working and how to decide what aspects of projects and systems are a good fit for leveraging some of the benefits of Blockchain - and those which are not ready for the power consumption, processing costs and other considerations.

Moderators
avatar for Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen

Farsight Security, Inc.

Speakers
avatar for Bianca Diosdado

Bianca Diosdado

CEO, Quire
Bianca Diosdado currently serves as the CEO of both Octagon Talent Solutions and Quire Blockchain Consulting Services. Within 6 years, she tore up the Agency ladder starting as a Technical Recruiter at Octagon Technology Staffing, moving to Director of IT Recruitment and eventually acquiring the company, becoming the CEO. Her passion for technology and education has... Read More →
avatar for James Drake

James Drake

CEO, Embermine
avatar for Michael Palage

Michael Palage

President, Pharos Global
Michael Palage is on the board of directors of the Blockchain Special Interest Group at the Internet Society (ISOC.ORG).Mr. Palage is an intellectual property attorney and an information technology consultant. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and JD in Law and is a founder... Read More →
avatar for Christa Taylor

Christa Taylor

CEO, dotTBA Inc.
Christa Taylor is passionate about new gTLDs and their impact on the internet, she has launched new gTLDs, supported over 50 new gTLDs applicants, ranging from small companies to some of the largest brands in the world, developed business strategies, marketing and promotional strategies... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

12:00pm EDT

Lunch Break - (here are some locations to try)
Break for lunch - Attendees have a variety of options to select from to buy their lunches at.  Try Rum Largo out by the pool for appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Alternatively, Covington Mills has an Ala Carte menu from 7am-3pm

Click here for a list of Hotel Restaurants

Monday September 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:00pm EDT

Digital Marketing in 2018 - what works and why
What are the trends in digital marketing in the last 12 months and how will they look for the next 12-48 months? Why is the past important, the present unclear and the future exciting!

Speakers
avatar for Nikolay Nedev

Nikolay Nedev

Business Development, Ranking Coach
Nikolay Nedev has a played key role in Business Development at rankingCoach for the past 2 years. Having over 12 years of experience in IaaS and PaaS, Nikolay previously managed a hosting partner program that covers almost 90 Countries worldwide.Being an expert in Business Development... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
2: EMOJI Breakout Room Salon 2, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

1:00pm EDT

APPRAISALS, COMPS, & AFTERMARKET - HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT OUR DOMAINS ARE WORTH?
What IS it worth?   These folks might have the answer.

Domains as digital assets can be the most valuable and crucial choices that a company makes.  Given the maturity of the domain name system after 30+ years, many of the most premium names are registered.  Just like with real estate, location talks - and the secondary market often becomes the primary market.  But unlike the real estate market, where comparables can often provide insight into similar sales, much of the domain market is opaque, private sales between parties, or comparables are a challenge due to the distinctiveness of names - and all are unique.

Moderators
avatar for Lance Wolak

Lance Wolak

Founder, ExcelStrategy
Lance Wolak is the Founder of ExcelStrategy (excelstrategy.com), a strategic management and marketing services firm that launches and manages digital brands and develops growth markets. Currently working with TLD registries .BUZZ and .COOP, and with tech startups outside of the domain... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dave Evanson

Dave Evanson

Sedo
Dave Evanson has over 35 years of experience in high level consumer and business to business marketing, strategic planning and corporate sales. He has successfully brokered tens of millions of dollars in premium domain names. Dave focuses on acquiring and selling ultra-high value... Read More →
avatar for Ron Jackson

Ron Jackson

Editor, DNJournal.com
Ron Jackson is a professional journalist and former TV reporter who founded the domain industry's first and foremost trade publication, Domain Name Journal, at DNJournal.com on New Year's Day 2003. Under his guidance as Editor and Publisher in the more than 15 years since then, DNJournal... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Nielsen

Kathy Nielsen

Librarian
Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian and an educator.  She is currently a popular genealogy speaker on the Monterey Peninsula.  She has been featured on Lisa Louise Cooke’s weekly YouTube program, Elevenses.  She is a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s... Read More →
avatar for Joe Styler

Joe Styler

Aftermarket Product Manager, GoDaddy
Joe Styler currently serves as Community Manager for the Aftermarket at GoDaddy. Joe is primarily responsible for the voice of the customer at GoDaddy’s Aftermarket.Previously Joe has served in other Director and supervisory roles at GoDaddy during his 13 year tenure with the company... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

2:00pm EDT

Create Marketing Dashboards with Google Data Studio
Google Data Studio allows you to build beautiful custom dashboards for a variety of data and analytics. You can pull in data from Google Analytics, Google Adwords, Google Search Console and even from other products such as Bing Ads, Facebook Ads, LinkedIn, Twitter and more. In this talk, we will walk through how to create your first dashboard and connect it to multiple sources. 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Co-Owner, Data Driven Labs
Chris is co-owner of Data Driven Labs, a WordPress Maintenance and Marketing agency. He is a 17-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development. He specializes in WordPress custom development utilizing... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
2: EMOJI Breakout Room Salon 2, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  Digital Search Summit, Panel or Presentation

3:00pm EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Monday September 17, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:00pm EDT

5:00pm EDT

Rock the Cashbar : Cocktails in the Expo Hall
Schmooze and network with other conference attendees, sponsors, speakers and guests amidst the lovely glow of our amazing and vibrant sponsor booths.

Monday September 17, 2018 5:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

7:30pm EDT

ICA / DNA / BRG Dinner @ Benihana LBV
The Internet Commerce Association, Brand Registry Group and the Domain Name Association are organizing a dinner during the MERGE conference for our members, prospective members, invited guests and interested parties.  

Meet, greet, and eat with some amazing people from throughout the industry of domain names, digital investment and website development.

!!!! IMPORTANT:  PLEASE USE THE "ENGAGE" BUTTON  TO RSVP !!!!
(This helps us determine headcount for the activity - not mandatory, you can also just show up)

We have attached the menus for your convenience.    
"LBV Benihana 2018- Group Menu Brochure - 11.2017.pdf" is the main one, the others offer details on each group menu.

Please note, this activity is a 'no host' event, guests will be responsible for their own bill.  Please see the menus for the package pricing, and costs or charges associated.

Speakers
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →
avatar for Kamila Sekiewicz

Kamila Sekiewicz

Executive Director, The Internet Commerce Association
Kamila has 10 years of prior experience in the domain industry in account management and business development roles with Sedo and NameDrive. In these roles, Kamila gained extensive experience relating to premium domain brokerage and domain parking and routinely engaged with domain... Read More →



Monday September 17, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

9:30pm EDT

Hospitality Suite Networking- Sponsored by Fabulous.com
Enjoy after-hours networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and more!

Sponsors

Monday September 17, 2018 9:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  MERGE, Networking
 
Tuesday, September 18
 

9:15am EDT

Keynote: Stefan Pretty, CEO Subbly.co: "Bootstrappers Do It Better"
"Bootstrappers Do It Better"

Speakers
avatar for Stefan Pretty

Stefan Pretty

CEO, Subbly.co
Stefan Pretty is a Scottish entrepreneur, and current CEO & Founder of Subbly - the subscription ecommerce platform. Stefan is a bootstrapper and Subbly is his 6th rendition (we think!). Having worked so closely with big and small subscription box businesses whilst working on Subbly... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00am EDT

What Makes a Startup Successful
Speakers
avatar for Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

CEO, DotClub


Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00am EDT

EXPOSITIONS AND EXHIBITS
Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:00am - 1:30pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

10:00am EDT

Speaker Green Room and Conference Organizer Space

Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:00am - 1:30pm EDT
3: DNA Lounge / VIP Meeting Room Salon 3, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

11:00am EDT

Coming up with Original Content The Data Driven Way
Building out content is important to any blog, but, coming up with original content can be difficult. In this talk, I will teach you 5 easy ways to come up with new and original content that your readers will want to read and engage in. We will use a variety of tools and take a data-driven approach to find content topics for your next viral blog article. This talk is built for both beginners and advanced users as well as writers and developers.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Co-Owner, Data Driven Labs
Chris is co-owner of Data Driven Labs, a WordPress Maintenance and Marketing agency. He is a 17-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development. He specializes in WordPress custom development utilizing... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
2: EMOJI Breakout Room Salon 2, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  Digital Search Summit, Panel or Presentation

11:00am EDT

ccTLDs - Their utility, value and benefit
ccTLDs are widely used, some are generically available and are in high demand like .io, .co, .me, .fm, .tv or .cc, some are only available nationally like .com.au ; others are primarily used within their countries, such as .ca, .de, and .nl.

Meet ccTLD operators, investors, and service providers within the aftermarket space that make this ever evolving area of opportunity work.

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Maxymych

Peter Maxymych

Founder, Emall.ca
Founder of Emall.ca Inc. one of the first Registrants of cctlds in Canada. Dot ca. Several thousand registrations.
avatar for Roelof Meijer

Roelof Meijer

CEO, SIDN
avatar for Ray Neu

Ray Neu

Co-Founder, MERGE! Show


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
1: ICA Breakout Room Salon 1, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  THE Domain Conference, Panel or Presentation

12:00pm EDT

Digital Brands in 2018 - dotBrands and Corporate Domain Portfolios
Join Martin Kuechenthal, Cole Quinn, Jochen Kieler, Mike Rodenbaugh and other domain professionals for a discussion of the state of dotBrands and corporate domain portfolio management of large companies.

Moderators
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jochen Kieler

Jochen Kieler

Partner & CSO, Brandit
Jochen Kieler is a highly respected domain industry veteran specializing in International Corporate Management with over 16 years of experience in the Domain and Internet Industry. As the Chief Strategy Officer for the Euopean-based BrandIT, Jochen oversees the international... Read More →
avatar for Martin Kuechenthal

Martin Kuechenthal

CEO, Lemarit
Martin Kuechenthal is the co-founder and CEO of LEMARIT GmbH, an ICANN accredited registrar and specialist in digital brand protection since 2002. LEMARIT is based in northern Germany.Martin is deeply involved and well connected in the domain industry and he also holds a seat in the... Read More →
avatar for Cole Quinn

Cole Quinn

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporate Domains and .BRAND TLD Portfolio, Microsoft
My team manages the corporate domain portfolio for Microsoft. I'm also working with colleagues across the company to align brand/marketing strategies with our domains program, as well as developing strategies and use cases for our eight .Brand TLDs. This last aspect is aided significantly... Read More →
avatar for Mike Rodenbaugh

Mike Rodenbaugh

Rodenbaugh Law
Rodenbaugh Law represents clients in all matters relating to domain names, trademarks, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property, and in e-commerce, licensing and marketing transactions, litigation and alternative dispute resolution efforts. Broadly speaking, Mike and his... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  THE Domain Conference, Keynote

1:15pm EDT

Lunch Break - (here are some locations to try)
Break for lunch - Attendees have a variety of options to select from to buy their lunches at.  Try Rum Largo out by the pool for appetizers, salads and sandwiches.  Alternatively, Covington Mills has an Ala Carte menu from 7am-3pm

Click here for a list of Hotel Restaurants

Tuesday September 18, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

2:00pm EDT

Soap.Club and eCommerce / Shopify / Amazon Stores
Speakers
avatar for Norman Farrar

Norman Farrar

Norman Farrar a.k.a. The Amazon Growth Guy, paved his path to make the most of theAmazon marketplace, long before it became with world's favorite place to shop.Since the early 1990s, he has been involved with a multitude of businesses ranging fromcorporate identity, manufacturing... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

3:00pm EDT

Rock the Cashbar : Cocktails in the Expo Hall
Schmooze and network with other conference attendees, sponsors, speakers and guests amidst the lovely glow of our amazing and vibrant sponsor booths.

Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

4:00pm EDT

Debate: .COM vs new GTLDs - How is it stacking up?
This is one of the most invigorating debates in the domain name industry - between the perspectives of those who believe that .COM represents the majority of solutions and value, and those who believe in expansion of the namespace with newGTLDs.

Bring a bowl of popcorn and a raincoat, and enjoy a robust and energetic discussion between the two schools of thought on this.

Speakers
avatar for Jebidiah Burnett

Jebidiah Burnett

Sr. Domain Consultant, Donuts
avatar for Jothan Frakes

Jothan Frakes

Executive Director, TheDNA
Jothan Frakes, Executive Director of the Domain Name Association, works tirelessly to engage, educate and evangelize the use and value of domain names as critical Internet infrastructure.He is also the co-founder of the MERGE.SHOW and CEO of ICANN-Accredited Registrar $$$ Private... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Kopas

Kevin Kopas

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, .icu Registry – ShortDot S.A.
Kevin Kopas is the Co-Founder and COO of ShortDot, the registry that owns the .icu domain extension. Previously he managed the Asian/Pacific region for Public Interest Registry (Your Public Interest Registry), the company that owns the .org domain extension. He focused on helping... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Gregg McNair

Dr. Gregg McNair

Group Chairman, Premium Traffic Limited


Tuesday September 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

5:00pm EDT

CEOs Discuss the Future of the Industry
Speakers
avatar for Chad Bennett

Chad Bennett

CEO, Chief Architect, Heroic.com
Chad is a technology visionary with 15+ years of professional cybersecurity experience. As CEO of multiple technology companies, Chad and his teams have been recognized three-times as Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Company honorees.
avatar for Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

CEO, DotClub
avatar for Norman Farrar

Norman Farrar

Norman Farrar a.k.a. The Amazon Growth Guy, paved his path to make the most of theAmazon marketplace, long before it became with world's favorite place to shop.Since the early 1990s, he has been involved with a multitude of businesses ranging fromcorporate identity, manufacturing... Read More →
avatar for Jochen Kieler

Jochen Kieler

Partner & CSO, Brandit
Jochen Kieler is a highly respected domain industry veteran specializing in International Corporate Management with over 16 years of experience in the Domain and Internet Industry. As the Chief Strategy Officer for the Euopean-based BrandIT, Jochen oversees the international... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Kopas

Kevin Kopas

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, .icu Registry – ShortDot S.A.
Kevin Kopas is the Co-Founder and COO of ShortDot, the registry that owns the .icu domain extension. Previously he managed the Asian/Pacific region for Public Interest Registry (Your Public Interest Registry), the company that owns the .org domain extension. He focused on helping... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Gregg McNair

Dr. Gregg McNair

Group Chairman, Premium Traffic Limited
avatar for Stefan Pretty

Stefan Pretty

CEO, Subbly.co
Stefan Pretty is a Scottish entrepreneur, and current CEO & Founder of Subbly - the subscription ecommerce platform. Stefan is a bootstrapper and Subbly is his 6th rendition (we think!). Having worked so closely with big and small subscription box businesses whilst working on Subbly... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
0: Escrow.com Keynote Hall Salon 6-8, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
  THE Domain Conference, Panel

6:00pm EDT

Exhibit Takedown / Packing
Tuesday September 18, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
THE EXPO HALLS Foyers and Salon 4-5, Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)

8:00pm EDT

Hospitality Suite Networking
Enjoy after-hours networking with VIPs, Speakers, Moderators, and more!

Tuesday September 18, 2018 8:00pm - 11:30pm EDT
│Conference │ Hilton LBV @ Disney Springs (Orlando, FL)
 

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