April 11, 2007; 02:30 AM
and its CEO and Founder Bob Parsons are honored to be the recipients of
the 2007 Arizona Business Leadership Award. The annual distinction is
bestowed on the Arizona business that best exemplifies industry
leadership, financial growth, ethical conduct, community service and
The Scottsdale-based company registers
Internet domain names, or Web site addresses. GoDaddy.com is not only
the world’s leading domain name registrar - it dominates the industry
with a portfolio more than twice the size of its closest competitor.
GoDaddy.com is also the world’s top SSL hosting company and a leading
provider for Web hosting.
“It’s a tremendous honor for our
company and especially for all the great people who work at Go Daddy,”
said Parsons. The company’s sole investor is considered a maverick for
his bold maneuvers, such as being an outspoken industry “watchdog” and
using edgy marketing. He created GoDaddy.com after determining customer
support and price points were being underserved in the industry.
develops most every product it sells – more than 30, all with domain
names at the core – and boasts nearly four million customers around the
globe. The extraordinary aspect of Parsons’ business model is how he
refuses to outsource or offshore a single job. The Internet juggernaut
now employs more than 1500 people.
Parsons is generous with
the community and his staff. He rewards his top performers with prizes
like having their mortgages paid for an entire year and routinely gives
away cars, cash and exotic trips, plus foots the tax bill. He is
bighearted with charities too. Last month alone, he donated $750,000 to
the Barrow Neurological Institute.
“It’s nice to be recognized. Go Daddy is about so much more than just racy Super Bowl® commercials,” Parsons declared.
proclaiming Parsons this year’s winner, the Arizona Business Leadership
Association’s Co-Chair Jack Eberenz said, “Go Daddy is just the kind of
company we would like to see other Arizona businesses emulate.”
The award presentation is scheduled for the ABL organization’s meeting, May 3. Criteria for the award include demonstrating:
How the company has shown leadership in Arizona’s business community and its own industry Strong financial growth and sustained profits for at least three fiscal years in excess of $5 million Support of business education and charitable contributions
For more information about how to attend the event, contact Michelle LaFlam, ABL Executive Director at [email protected]