Viltz, President & Chairman
Edward G. Viltz is president and founder of the Internet Collaboration Coalition (InternetCC). He has over 25 years of international executive management, consulting and entrepreneurial experience in the information technology marketplace.
He was the founding President of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), manager of the .ORG top level Internet domain, serving from 2002 through 2006. During that time PIR experienced phenomenal revenue growth from $1.9 million to over $32 million. In addition, .org domain names under management grew from 2.6 million to 5.3 million while attaining all budget and financial objectives. The .org domain is now growing at a greater percentage rate than both .com and .net.
He previously formed Technology Integration Solutions (TIS), an international consulting company, as a project management and business development firm focusing on setting up school-based Internet and technology partnerships between the United States and African countries. He was vice president and chief operations officer for Pulsar Data Systems. He also co-founded and served as president of Enterprise Integration Corporation (EIC) and held a variety of key management posts with the IBM Corporation.
During his IBM career, he helped develop multiple new business distribution and industry channels. In addition, he held several executive-level and management positions nationwide, and he was recognized for business management, revenue growth and human resources development. Most notable, he was a Loaned Executive from IBM to the small disadvantaged business community, and he developed a national network of technology companies owned by female and minority entrepreneurs.
Currently, he is on the board and is past chairman of Progressive Life Centers. He also is on the board of the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). Additionally, he served on former White House councils on small business and closing the digital divide. He is also a member of the Bulgarian President’s IT Advisory Council and has consulted to governments, civil society organizations and corporations internationally.
He has a bachelor's degree from Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO) and has done graduate studies at Harvard University school of business and also holds a master's degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. In 1993, he was inducted into the
Who's Who in Black America.
Esq., Board Member
Michael Palage is an intellectual property attorney and an information technology consultant. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Temple University School of Law. He has been actively involved in ICANN operational and policy matters since its formation in various capacities, including a three-year term on its Board of Directors.
He provides consulting services to domain name registration authorities and other technology related companies. He has also testified before the United States House Judiciary Subcommittee regarding the accuracy and access of domain name Whois data, and as an expert witness in a number of Internet legal proceeding on behalf of law enforcement and large corporation.
R. Benjamin Johnson,
Ph.D., Board Member
Johnson has a reputation
for personal integrity and
toughness, his expertise spans over
two decades of nationally recognized
leadership in management and public
policy. He serves as Senior
Counselor to numerous firms,
including Porter Novelli, Ogilvy,
the National Cancer Institute and
Spectrum Sciences, to name a few.
Ben has the
distinction of being one of the
longest serving African American
members in White House history. He
served two years under President
Jimmy Carter and was one of 30 staff
members to serve the entire eight
years with President Clinton. In the
Carter White House, he served as
Director of Consumer Programs and
was an assistant to noted consumer
advocate Esther Peterson.
One of the
highest-ranking African Americans in
White House history, Johnson last
served as Assistant to the President
and Director of the President's
Initiative for One America. In that
capacity, he oversaw the first
freestanding White House office in
history to examine and focus on
closing the opportunity gap that
exists for minorities in the US. He
served as the White House point
person for promoting the President's
race relations goals. He was also
responsible for coordinating the
race relation work of all federal
Ben joined the
White House staff in 1993 as an
Associate Director in the Office of
Public Liaison and later became the
most promoted White House staff
member in the Clinton White House.
He served as Special Assistant to
the President, and was responsible
for all areas of outreach to the
African American community. He later
served as Deputy Assistant to the
President, with an expanded
portfolio that included all areas of
outreach to various constituencies,
including seniors, Hispanics,
Jewish, White Ethnics and members of
the Disability Community. He is a
strong advocate for opportunity and
Ben has served in
key positions in local and federal
governments. After leaving the
Carter Administration, he was
appointed Administrator of the
Business Regulation Administration
in Washington, DC. In that capacity,
Ben regulated all corporations doing
business in the District of
Columbia, issued all business
licenses, and enforced all food
protection laws. In 1988, he was
appointed the Administrator of the
Housing and Environmental
Administration where he directed the
enforcement and compliance of all
housing and environmental laws in
the nation's capitol.
He is the
recipient of numerous awards,
including two honorary doctorate
degrees for public service. He has
lectured at many institutions and
organizations including Harvard
University, the Brookings Institute,
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and
the Aspen Institute. He is involved
in charity work and currently chairs
the board of the One America
Foundation, a non-profit
organization that promotes dialogue
between the races and assists
low-income youth of all races.
He is a former
deputy chairman of the Democratic
National Committee and serves on the
DNC’s Rules and the Bylaws
Committee. Ben has been
married 30 years to Jacqueline
Johnson and has five children and
as the CEO and President of Diverse
Community, Inc. During his 15 years at Bell
Atlantic (Verizon) and Bellcore
(Bell Labs), Henry held positions in
Engineering, Information Systems
Management, Product Management,
Marketing, Sales, and lastly as a
General Manager of a Network
Consulting startup. He was then employed by
VeriSign, Inc. as the Director of
International Business Development. Henry holds an Engineering
and an MBA from the Stern (NYU)
varied experience in multiple
disciplines of the product cycle
gives him a unique perspective and
insight to execute this plan.
His technical and business
skills are integral in architecting
a system that provides the
scalability and flexibility to adapt
to competitive forces.
has been involved with three
successful startup companies.
The first was Bell Atlantic
Network Integration (BANI) where he
served as General Manager and
developed the New York Metropolitan
territory into a $60 Million
In this position, Henry
recruited the management team and
had overall responsibility for 75
employees in his region.
He later worked as the
Northeast Director of Network
Solutions - IT Consulting Group.
Within 10 months, Henry’s
sales team exceeded the established
revenue objectives and led a
committee to restructure the service
offering and develop practices in
areas of expertise.
Lastly, while fully employed
by VeriSign and directing the
international business development
efforts of the VeriSign Naming
Services Division, Henry founded
The DiversePro.com community
portal was created by 10 executive
professionals Henry recruited who
generously contributed to the
successful deployment of the
hosts over 10,000 unique visitors a
month including Fortune 500
corporations, minority organizations
and diverse professionals.
Diverse Community was an
off-spring from the original vision
established during the
Don Mason is managing director and co-founder of DLSM Associates LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in Internet businesses that demand strategic planning and solutions. He has over 20 years of experience in the internet and financial services sectors with a concentration on international business development, project management, risk management and information technologies. With DLSM, Don has worked on several new business ventures, providing consultative services to the
MTLD Consortium (dotmobi), Telnic UK and the
Yellow Pages Association.
Prior to DLSM, Don spent six years as a senior manager at
VeriSign Global Registry where he was responsible for international business development and relationship management for their global client
base. Don successfully closed several distribution deals with domain industry leaders which subsequently provided substantial year over year revenue streams to the firm.
Don joined VeriSign after ten years in the financial services sector with Credit Suisse, Citigroup and First Boston, where he held numerous positions focusing on risk management, compliance, and information security matters.
Don attended Columbia University, where he majored in Management Information Systems.
Christine Paz Brundage
Christine Paz Brundage is a business consultant specializing in marketing and business development. In addition to domestic marketing experience in Hispanic communities, she also has worked extensively in the Latin American international market.
Most recently, Brundage held the position of International Marketing Consultant for Public Interest Registry, a non-profit organization. In this capacity, Brundage conducted outreach initiatives throughout Latin America, as well as managing marketing programs and public awareness campaigns. Her prior professional background includes marketing and sales positions in various companies such as the Sprint Nextel Corporation, The Limited and Billboard Magazine.
Brundage earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Mercy College in New York. Brundage is fluent in Spanish and is an avid volunteer in her community.
Dr. Sadowsky is currently finishing a 5-year span of employment with Internews Network in the area of Internet and ICT policy, with direct application in field projects in developing countries. The objective of these initiatives has been for the most part to assist countries in redefining and evolving their policy environment -- their legal system, their regulatory structure, and related policies -- so that the benefits of the Internet, as well those deriving from related ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) can be more rapidly and more fully realized by all sectors of the society.
He is now involved in a variety of consulting assignments, and with a group of collaborators finishing a proposal to the U.S. National Science Foundation to deploy high bandwidth networking to the science, higher education and medical research communities in at least two significant African countries. He maintains an active involvement with my profession, engaging in a mix of entrepreneurial activity and pro bono contributions. These activities rest on a base of computing, networking, and communications technologies and apply to education and to economic and social development.
He remains committed to helping to spread the Internet to and within developing countries and developing regions of the world and helping people to exploit it, thereby improving education, government, health practice and services, and opportunities for local entrepreneurship activity.
Dr. Sadowsky has a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and completed his undergraduate and Masters Degree in mathematics & Physics from Harvard University with honors. Additional information can be found at