Since GoDaddy acquired Afternic in September of last year, I haven’t seen all that many changes at either company. I just learned of a personnel change that will bring GoDaddy Premier Services Supervisor Alan Shiflett to Massachusetts to become Partner Sales Manager at Afternic.
I’ve worked with Alan for a couple of years, and have always found him to be proactive with my account and responsive to my requests (no matter the time or the day of the week). His addition at Afternic will be a loss for GoDaddy, but hopefully they will replace him with someone who is equally as helpful.
“I jumped at this opportunity to take on this new role as I feel that the domain aftermarket will continue to grow and am excited to focus in on the sales side of domain investing,” Alan told me. “In this role I will maintain a close relationship with Premier Services as many of their clients are already using Afternic as a sales solution. I will also have the opportunity to foster new relationships with those whom I have had little to no interaction with in the past.”
Although Alan is originally from Arizona, he should fit right in when he moves to Boston, as he is a big Red Sox fan. In fact, I first met Alan in person at Fenway Park before the World Series last year.
Through the grapevine, I’ve heard that GoDaddy may be opening an office in Cambridge (just outside of Boston), where the company will house two of its recent acquisitions – Afternic and Locu, a company it acquired a month prior to the Afternic acquisition. It would be interesting if the company does that because there is a lot of talent to draw from in the area if they decide to grow part of the GoDaddy business on the east coast.