I just received word that Fred Mercaldo has announced his resignation as President of Associated Cities, an organization made up of city .com domain names that produces the annual GeoDomain Expo.
Mercaldo issued a brief statement to me when I asked him about his resignation:
“I thought I could have a positive impact on the culture of the organization, and successfully mediate the legal disputes that continue between the founding members. My goal was to reestablish AC as an asset to its great membership base. While I thought I was making progress these last 5 months, I really wasn’t, and the time commitment that the position required was beginning to impact my responsibilities at our growing network of 65 City.com sites, and I could not allow that.”
I know Fred was an Associated Cities Board Member for a few years prior to taking on this role, and he spent much time representing the geodomain industry. As far as I am aware, this was an unpaid position, as was the board position.