[Governance] Requesting Community Feedback on Virtual Management

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Wed Jun 18 21:24:44 UTC 2014


OWASP Community,

As you already know, our Executive Director, Sarah Baso, recently announced
<http://lists.owasp.org/pipermail/owasp-leaders/2014-June/012007.html> that
she will be leaving OWASP in August in order to spend quality time with the
coming addition to her family.  Since she initially notified us of her
intent, the Board and Sarah began the conversation of how OWASP would move
forward in her absence.  I think we all are aware that Sarah has made some
amazing contributions to our organization and her absence will not go
unnoticed.  That said, it is important for us to think about a short-term
transition plan as well as a long-term vision for the role of Executive
Director at OWASP.

No decisions have been made yet, but the Board believes that there may be
significant value in working with a third-party professional management
firm with experience in global finance, human resources, and non-profit
growth in order to help us to assess where we are today and where we would
like to get to with the Foundation.  The goal would be to use them to
transition many of Sarah's current responsibilities, leverage their
expertise to determine if there are areas that we can improve upon, and
then reassess our options at that time (tentatively Q4 2014).  We could
elect to keep them around, conduct a search for a new Executive Director,
or whatever we all feel makes sense as we push forward.

After researching several such services, we have all been very impressed
with a company called Virtual Management Inc.
<http://www.virtualmgmt.com/manage-your-association/>  Their support would
include time from Greg Kohn
<https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=9724195> as the Team Lead, Tom
Pappas <https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=23028879> for Finance and
Grants, and Janice Carroll
<https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=37004151> for Operations.  They
have a large volume of experience working with non-profit organizations
similar to our own and received a positive review for their current work
with the Apache Software Foundation.







* QUESTION: Has anyone had a business relationship with: Virtual Management
Inc. or Wakefield, MA or any of its employees? Website:
http://www.virtualmgmt.com/ <http://www.virtualmgmt.com/> Linkedin:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/50550
<https://www.linkedin.com/company/50550>*

We are conducting our due diligence and are looking for anyone who has had
either GOOD or BAD experiences with Virtual.  OWASP Community, if you have
any feedback regarding Virtual, we would love to hear your comments.
Please, if you have any thoughts, feel free to respond back to this
message, send us an e-mail in private, or call any of us up.  We have a
contract from Virtual, but wanted to make sure that there were no
significant concerns from the community before signing.  We've set a soft
deadline of 5:00 PM PST on Friday, June 20th to try and collect all
feedback and make a decision on how to proceed.  Thank you very much in
advance for anything that you can add to this conversation!

Sincerely,

The OWASP Board of Directors
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