has named Paul Stahura of Donuts, Inc. as one of the “The Most Influential People In The Americas”.

ManagingIP selected 50 people who are “shaping the IP industry Worldwide”.

Here is what the publication had to say about Paul:

“”If you are a trade mark owner and aren’t already familiar with Donuts, you soon will be.”

“When Icann announced last month that it had received 1,930 applications for new gTLDs, Donuts – a start-up company with $100 million in venture funding – was revealed as the single biggest applicant, responsible for nearly one in six applications. ”

“Strings it is seeking range from .academy and .accountants to .yoga and .zone. While it is competing with other applicants for many of them, the company says it has the will – and the cash – to win and operate all of the 307 gTLDs it seeks.”

“CEO Paul Strahura leads a seven-man executive team at Donuts, all of them seasoned domain-name specialists. ”

“Before launching the company, he founded registrar eNom in his garage; 10 years later it was making $80 million in revenue, and he sold to Demand Media.”

“He also owns four US patents.”

“But testifying to Congress in 2009, he admitted that he always wanted to run a registry, rather than a registrar. ”

“Donuts will give him that chance: it has a serious business plan, including provisions for enhanced IP protection, and along with other big gTLD operators such as Fairwinds and TLD Holdings it is set to transform business on the internet.”

Congrats to Paul