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A Company CEO and Domain Industry Family Member Has Died in a Portland, Oregon Auto Crash

This is the kind of news I never want to have to report. I received a note from Kanako Fujisaki at NetXposure bearing the sad news that the company's 38-year-old CEO Devin Donnelly was tragically killed in a one-car automobile accident July 9th in Portland, Oregon. The news was confirmed in a report from KGW-TV in Portland.

Devin founded NetXposure in Portland in 1995 and the digital asset management software company also has ofices in Tokyo, London and Bangalore, India. He was also an active domainer. Devin, his mother Jan Donnelly and sister Jill Donnelly own several thousand domains and many of our readers will remember meeting them at one of more of the many T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conferences they have attended.

I also wrote about Jan and JillXan in a November 2, 2007 Lowdown post after they were both named as finalists for the prestigious Stevie Awards for Women in Business. They were honored because of the work they had done in creating the Career Exposure Network and its leading womenís online recruiting site, CareerWomen.com.

In its obituary article about Devin's untimely death, 

NetXposure CEO Devin Donnelly

The Oregonian newspaper noted that "Devin graduated from Lake Oswego High School and attended the University of Arizona. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He studied at Waseda University in Tokyo and worked at the U.S. Embassy there. During his time in Tokyo, he developed a passion for the Japanese culture and became fluent in Japanese."

Regarding his professional career at NetXposure, The Oregonian said "Over the past 14 years, the company grew under Devin's leadership through acquisitions and strategic partnerships to become an innovator and leader in its industry. His intense focus and progressive thinking resulted in his firm winning many industry awards."

Our condolences and deepest sympathy goes out to the Donnelly family and the many people whose lives Devin touched. As The Oregonian noted, "Devin was a loyal friend. His close friends knew him to show great tenderness, compassion and humor: he was always there when it mattered."

(Posted July 23, 2009)


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