|[December 11, 2011]
Go Daddy Holiday Party Rocks!
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --(Business Wire)--
Some five thousand of his closest friends appear to agree on one thing …
Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons (News - Alert) knows how to throw a party.
This year's multi-million dollar holiday bash at Chase Field in downtown
Phoenix was epic. The shindig included a raucous, GoDaddy-esque
performance from Kid Rock, as well as musical sets from country stars
Dierks Bentley and Trace Adkins. All performing to help Go Daddy
employees celebrate a banner business year.
The All-American musical line-up tied into the party's "God Bless
America" theme. Marquee landmarks were planted throughout the major
league baseball stadium, some sporting customized Go Daddy elements,
such as a Mount Rushmore made of Go Daddy Girls and a Golden "Go Daddy"
In keeping with Go Daddy tradition, the entertainers and party-theme
were well-guarded secrets up until party night. Gourmet food was served,
gifts were handed out and Mr. Parsons drew employee names for cash
prizes totaling more than $1.1MM, for which the company pays all the
The party began, as all Go Daddy celebrations do, with the National
Anthem. As host for the annual extravaganza, Parsons made a grand
entrance under the spotlight, with pulsating music and billowing smoke.
Wearing sunglasses, he was surrounded by dancing Go Daddy Girls dressed
as U.S.A. cheerleaders.
"What we've been able to accomplish could only happen in America,"
Parsons proclaimed. The decorated war veteran who served the United
States Marine Corps in Vietnam beamed with pride. "Yes, we're
international, but at our core we will always be an American company."
Over the years, Go Daddy has earned a reputation for over-the-top
holiday parties and Parsons never shies away from explaining why.
"People ask me, why we throw such big, blow-out parties? I say, why not
- our people absolutely deserve it!" Parsons exclaimed, as a jam-packed
crowd of employees roared in approval. "You all have worked very hard to
get us to this point," he told his people. "Go Daddy came from scratch,
no sales … and this year, we're going to write $1.1 billion dollars in
business. We have a lot to celebrate, and remember, we're not here for a
long time … we're here for a good time!"
Parsons listed many of the 2011 Go Daddy milestones and revealed the
potential for a strategic financial partnership with KKR, Silver Lake
and TCV to officially close, perhaps as early as Friday.
As is Parsons' style, he used his own special brand of humor, featuring
a Top Ten List of reasons why he would remain Go Daddy's single-largest
shareholder after the closing. Reasons such as "get to bang the gavel at
board meetings," "Go Daddy health insurance" and the top reason … "how
could I not invest in all of you!"
Go Daddy Girl and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick joine Parsons on stage.
Recently announced as the Internet's Most Searched Athlete of 2011,
Danica was the first to help Parsons draw employee prize winner names
from center stage.
"The Go Daddy holiday party is always pretty amazing. Think about it,
what other company do you know that throws a company holiday party like
this?" Danica asked. "Bob is always so generous with his employees. He
really wants them to feel special - and if you couldn't tell, Bob really
knows how to go all out with his parties!"
Each of the Go Daddy Girls took turns at the prize podium, including
fitness guru Jillian Michaels, original Go Daddy Girl Candice Michelle
and PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso. Also attending the annual
extravaganza were Go Daddy spokesmen, also known as "Auto Racing's Royal
Family," Mario, Michael and Marco Andretti.
2011 has, in fact, been a tremendous year for the world's largest
provider of Web
names and net-new SSL
Certificates. Go Daddy took over a top slot in the net-new SSL
market, built on its number one Web host ranking, hit the 51 million
domain name mark, which is an Internet first, and produced the Super
Bowl commercial that drew the most Internet traffic of the year.
Go Daddy also celebrated its extraordinary charity work this year,
having donated more than $5MM to a variety of organizations, mostly
lower profile charities for unsung issues like homelessness and
education. One of those charities is Hope for Haiti. Its Founder JoAnne
Kuehner was on hand last night to thank Go Daddy for making a
substantial difference with education and healthcare in Haiti.
Go Daddy's customers have made a difference this year too by
contributing to the company's "Round Up" for charity program. In just
eight months, Go Daddy customers have helped generate more than $353,000
for various charities by rounding up to the nearest dollar on the Go
Daddy website and giving the spare change to designated organizations,
which Go Daddy matches dollar-for-dollar.
"Our customers came through bigger than we ever expected," said Go Daddy
Vice President of Corporate Events and Community Outreach Renee Parsons.
"It's really made a difference and that's what Go Daddy is all about."
As one journalist put it, "Party on Bob!"
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Intelligence, Inc. The Go Daddy Group registered more than one-third of
all new domain names created in 2010 for the top six generic top-level
domains, or gTLDs, including .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and .mobi.
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