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

Tom Brennan - OWASP tomb at owasp.org
Thu Jun 19 18:36:02 UTC 2014

Thanks Jim I like the jump in get if done. I am hopefully the NoBullSec (www.nobullsec.com) effort will help get us get back to the mission of software security and reduce the drama.

Tom Brennan

> On Jun 19, 2014, at 2:17 PM, Jim Weiler <jim.weiler at owasp.org> wrote:
> I just met with Virtual Management. They are located about 20 minutes from where I live (I work at home and am the founding director of OWASP Boston)  and their web site says 'come see us', so I did. I met with Tom Pappas VP Finance and Terry Lowney COO. They were very personable, listened well, answered my questions well and had good ones of their own.  They seem like they work well together and are very flexible and used to working with non-profit mostly volunteer organizations. One of their clients stopped in and told a story about how they really went out of their way to help him (he needed some clothes during an unexpected longer stay for business) and one of the VM folks was in that city and got him the clothes. So based on my unscheduled 90 minute face-to-face interaction and gut feel, (I've interviewed lots of job candidates, vendors, consultants etc) ,  I think they'd be a good choice to help OWASP, whether it be as an ED, searching for an ED, consulting on HR or finances or other roles or tasks.
> Jim
>> On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:24 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>> OWASP Community,
>> As you already know, our Executive Director, Sarah Baso, recently announced 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.  Their support would include time from Greg Kohn as the Team Lead, Tom Pappas for Finance and Grants, and Janice Carroll 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.
>> Has anyone had a business relationship with:
>> Virtual Management Inc. or Wakefield, MA or any of its employees?
>> Website: http://www.virtualmgmt.com/
>> Linkedin: 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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