No surprise at the top, but it gets interesting after that.
This year’s Domain Name Wire Survey asked respondents who the most influential person is in the domain name industry, as well as who they’d most like to have dinner with.
Unsurprisingly, domainer-turned-registry/registrar/parking/sales person Frank Schilling was the top vote. 38% of people said Schilling was the most influential person in the industry.
Rick Schwartz came in second, despite taking a step back from being a public figure this past year.
Other vote-getters included ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, Michael Berkens, and a few people were nice enough to put me.
The story changes a bit when it comes to who domain industry people would most like to have dinner with. Schilling is still #1 with 18%, but a lot of other people are on the list. Most people know Frank’s story…and have probably had dinner with him at some point at a domain conference.
The list is much more varied. Fadi Chehade comes in second. There are also votes for GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving and founder Bob Parsons. Some people would also like to dine with the elusive Yun Ye.
That would certainly be an interesting dinner.