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MERGE! Announces a Half-Dozen Additions to the Speaker's Roster for Their 2018 Conference in Orlando

Last weekend  I spent a couple of days at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida where the 2nd annual MERGE! conference will be held September 14-19, 2018. It gave me a chance to get a close up look at the show's impressive new venue (the debut edition was held at the Marriott World Resort in Orlando last fall). I am putting together a separate article about the hotel and Disney Springs to 

show you what to expect in September but today I want to share an update on the speaker's line up that I just got from MERGE! Co-Founder Jothan Frakes

In addition to a couple of keynoters I told you about earlier this month Jothan confirmed a half dozen more featured speakers today (you will find the full speaker's roster on the MERGE! conference website where you can also track the latest additions to the agenda as they are made). Frakes was excited to announce that Microsoft's Cole Quinn will be coming to talk. Cole manages 50,000+ domains and 8 DotBRAND TLDs for Microsoft, is the incoming president of the Brand Registry Group and is on the Board of Directors of the Domain Name Association

A well-known figure in the domain world, Kellie Peterson of Automattic was also added. Kellie manages the Registrar of WordPress and is a highly experienced veteran of the hosting, registry, and registrar industries having played key roles with Neustar, Endurance International, Name.com and other leading providers.  

Martin Kuechenthal, the CEO and co-founder of Lemarit, will be speaking too. Martin is an internationally respected expert on domain names, brands and trademarks, is a member of the Board of Directors of DENIC (.DE) and a long-standing member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Above (left to right): Cole Quinn, Kellie Peterson and Martin Kuechenthal.

Below (left to right): Dr. Gregg McNair, Michael Palage and David Szetela.

Another speaker (who our readers will be very familiar with) will be Dr. Gregg McNair, the PPX International Chairman who was profiled in a 2009 DNJournal Cover Story.  Gregg's list of accomplishments has grown considerably longer in the years since then and he can speak with authority on any topic related to domains, the internet and the business world at large. 

Michael Palage of Pharos Global can also be expected to draw a crowd. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blockchain Special Interest Group of the Internet Society. The industry veteran is also a former ICANN Board Member.  

The latest addition to the MERGE! lineup also includes David Szetela of FMB Media who will share a sure to be popular session on AI-powered PPC Advertising and Search. David is well-known throughout the the Search and SEO sectors.

Registration for MERGE! is open and you can find all ticket details here

(Posted June 22, 2018)  

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