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Fred Mercaldo Resigns as President of Associated Cities


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 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.

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Comments (19)


    Any updates on the progress of ?

    November 2nd, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    David J Castello

    I taped the ceremony this morning when Fred left AC:

    November 2nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm


    @ David

    Is that you on drums?

    @ Bfitz

    Nothing public yet.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Fred Mercaldo

    David….that is close! here is an actual clip of our last Board meeting in Santa Fe…and you can see why I had to leave….

    November 2nd, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Shaun Pilfold

    I hate to say it but the last couple years at Associated Cities have been a little like

    Damn shame.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 2:11 pm


    Mercaldo was a hothead and immature. He could have really taken this new nonprofit trade association someplace, but he was out of his league, and this resignation shows it.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    David J Castello

    You’re kidding, right? Are we speaking about the same Fred Mercaldo? I have no idea who you are or what motive you have for typing something so completely ridiculous, but I can assure you that Fred is one of the most level headed and responsible people I know. His resignation is a huge, and perhaps, insurmountable loss for Associated Cities.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 3:54 pm


    @ David

    I agree with you… too bad “Henderson” was too much of a coward to not post anonymously.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    David J Castello

    I agree, Elliot. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but there is nothing worse than taking a slanderous shot at someone while hiding behind the skirt of an alias. Especially at a class act like Fred. Despicable.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Michael Carter

    @ henderson-

    pls come clean – who are you?

    a. florence henderson
    b. hollywood henderson
    c. rickey henderson
    d. harry and the hendersons

    November 2nd, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt

    Fred Mercaldo is one the most stand-up businessmen in the domain industry. Period. Fred is a true leader – outstanding character, unquestionable talent. Echoing David, this is a huge loss to AC.

    I don’t know who you are and frankly, I don’t care. Govern yourself accordingly.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    R.U. Forreal

    Bulletin…Henderson named President of ABTA (Anonymous Blog Trolls Association). Group impressed by his ability to spout off on a topic he obviously knows nothing whatsoever about.

    P.S. Note to Village – please come and get your Idiot.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Michael Goldfarb

    I’ve worked with Fred for years and can say the person who posted negatively about him must have a hidden agenda of some kind. Fred is one of the most universally respected businessmen I have come across in the 10+ years I have known him. I wouldn’t put my name on the line for very many people, but Fred is a clear exception. He is a true visionary within his industry, and has been a trusted mentor since I started my first company 15 years ago. My only problem with Fred is the amount of money he has taken off my hands on the golf course.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    tommy butler

    Fred sorting out the dispute with fellow geo owners.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    tommy butler

    Just reading the dipstick henderson post on Fred.
    all I can say is Fred is 100% stand up guy who did a great job with associated cities.

    AC have lost a great captain of industry in the geo domain world who could handle the flak and personallity of the diffrent geo owners and guide them in the right direction to make AC a success.

    it was a brave person who took the role on when there was so many issues by some partners and Fred pulled it off.
    Sorry to see AC losing the best guy for the job.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 7:59 pm


    Fred is truly a hard worker, honest. You can tell he is the real deal, answers the tough questions

    I had the honor in talking to him on long talks on a possible deal and was truly amazing. Unfortunately the owner sold the domain name and didn’t bring the name to his network. I will always remember how Fred presented himself and hope one day I can work with him in the future with a name I own directly

    Sometimes tough decisions need to be made and focus on what your building out. Fred knows this, Jessica and I’m sure Elliot realizes things on developments and running the best domain blog around.

    Also Jessica is truly remarkable as well and not a fake. Was a pleasure in speaking with her as well.

    November 2nd, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt


    thank you!

    November 3rd, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Internet Media

    I have personally experienced nothing but honesty, integrity and a willingness to share.

    Fred has one agenda, making the geo domain industry a better place for us.

    Fred is a class act!

    November 3rd, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Douglas Haynes has a 103 minute video interview with Fred posted yesterday.

    November 3rd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

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