[Owasp-board] [Owasp-leaders] Requesting Community Feedback on Virtual Management

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Wed Jun 18 22:41:55 UTC 2014

That, in all honesty, was my first impression as well.  But then I started
thinking about OWASP as a company with finances, hr, operations, and other
concerns.  For most of us here, InfoSec is our core competency and not
those things.  We've made due with our Whistleblower Policies and Employee
Handbooks, but we owe it to all of our stakeholders to take a more
professional approach here and elsewhere in our business.  I'd much rather
see the Board and volunteers focus on our mission of AppSec and leave that
other stuff to their respective professionals.  That said, I'm very
interested in seeing where your head is at once you've had an opportunity
to research and give further consideration.

On Jun 18, 2014 5:22 PM, "(P7N) Jason Johnson" <jason.johnson at p7n.net>

> I have been quiet for sometime just watching as things happen as they
> usually do. Farming out the management duties to a third party sounds like
> some office space stuff. Sounds strange to me but I will research this and
> reply back with further disbelief. Meetings with the Bobs..."Well bob I say
> I do about 25 min of actual work a week" (officespace)
> On June 18, 2014 4:24:44 PM CDT, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>> 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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> Jason Johnson
> Projectseven
> e: Jason.Johnson at p7n.net
> c: **DATAMAN
> --
> On the phone. Please excuse my brevity.
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