We are working with the united global Music community to harness the power of a single dot—.music. As .music LLC’s parent company, Far Further is the Music community's top-level domain development and marketing company. We are a multi-faceted team of experienced music and domain professionals. We serve as a nexus between the Music community and the Internet and were founded on the idea of serving the Music community through collaborative management of the .music domain extension.
.music Executive Team
Loren Balman, CEO, is a 30-year veteran of the music and entertainment business with diverse corporate experience. As a record label executive and by way of Artist Development, Marketing and Production, he has earned more than 30 Gold and Platinum records, a Grammy nomination and five Dove Awards.
John Styll, President & COO, is an entrepreneur who founded a music magazine publishing company in 1978 and served as its CEO for 23 years. This experience in music journalism led to a seven-year stint as head of two music trade associations.
John Frankenheimer, .music General Counsel, is Partner and Chairman Emeritus of the international entertainment and intellectual property law firm Loeb & Loeb. John’s practice is centered in the entertainment and media industries, where he has been at the epicenter of the Music community as a trusted advisor to its leadership.
Keith Thomas, VP of Artist Relations, is a six-time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter with 40 Billboard #1 hits to his credit. Keith has worked with an elite spectrum of artists including Katy Perry, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Amy Grant, James Ingram, Jessica Simpson, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Mandy Moore, Gladys Knight and many others.
.music Strategic Advisors
Alexa Raad, CEO of Architelos. More than 20 years of experience in the technology industry with a track record of building Internet brands and developing new markets. Alexa is the only executive in the industry who has launched a new gTLD and managed a large incumbent gTLD to market success. She served as .ORG The Public Interest Registry’s CEO from 2007 to 2010. She grew .ORG’s base by 40% and increased revenues by 81% through re-branding and repositioning the TLD. Prior to PIR, Alexa was the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of .MOBI, the most successful TLD in ICANN’s 2004 round of launches. She founded the DNSSEC Industry Coalition and the Registration Infrastructure Security Group (RISG), both international industry groups focused on innovative approaches to resolving security issues on the Internet.
John Matson, COO of Architelos. John has more than 25 years experience advising Fortune 500 companies on cost structures, margin enhancement and implementation of new growth-oriented business models. John brings deep analytical skills and structured problem solving from his technical engineering experience. He has performed several projects for ICANN, including advising on the new gTLD program and benchmarking previous gTLD launches. John has also benchmarked current registry and registrar financial performance. Prior to joining Architelos, John was a partner with both KPMG and Ernst & Young management consulting practices.
Michael Young, CTO of Architelos. Michael oversees product development, security and technology, integration services and services delivery platforms, including the systems, procedures and processes a new registry needs in order to be operational on day one. These include: contracts compliance and management, automated workflows for channel signup and readiness, financial and business operations, as well as ties to registry infrastructure providers. Prior to joining Architelos, Michael was a founding member of the management team at Afilias, a leading registry infrastructure provider. Over his 10 years at Afilias, Michael was key in building the core technology and managing various operations teams.
Norbert Grey, CFO of Architelos. Norbert was a founding member of the .MOBI management team as VP of Finance and Administration from its inception to December 2008. He established all the operational systems for the then start-up registry. His expertise includes set-up and management of registry financial, business and customer service operations. He is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years experience in senior financial roles, not only in the DNS industry, but also in the technology and mobile telecommunications industries.