[Owasp-leaders] Endorsement 2017/2018 Election

Milton Smith milton.smith at owasp.org
Thu Oct 13 05:38:25 UTC 2016

To all,

I'm a board candidate.  I would like to make make Tom's email a positive 
to say that there is more passion how OWASP should be run than ever 
before.  So much is at stake and we all have strong opinions around 
improvements to OWASP and AppSec in general.  Tom is like me, a former 
US Marine, and as Marines we compete at everything we do.  I consider us 
friends as I do many of the current board members.  With only 3 seats it 
forces us to choose sides and push on each other at times.  I see this 
as a healthy competition for OWASP and it benefits members and the 
public at large.

The email and the election raises a larger concern for me, OWASP board 
positions for practical purposes have no term limits and like many 
elections OWASP members favor incumbents when they vote.  A result is 
that board members can serve for years.  A bylaw passed on Feb 11, 2013 
established a board member term of "4 consecutive 2 year terms".  This 
is not same as 4 terms total.  If elected I will put forth a motion that 
bylaws be improved so board members may only be elected for 4 terms 
total.  This will apply to me and other elected members.  Improving term 
limits provides plenty of time for new leaders to make a positive impact 
while also breathing continuous change into OWASP.  Also since OWASP 
board positions are unpaid it reduces impact of any competing business 
interests over the organization whether real or perceived.

Milton Smith

On 12 Oct 2016, at 17:45, Tom Brennan - OWASP wrote:

> Did you hear the (4) questions and the answers from the candidates 
> running
> for election to represent you in this years election?
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Podcast
> *Candidates Are:*
> Andrew van der Stock
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Andrew_van_der_Stock_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Bil Corry 
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Bil_Corry_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Frank Catucci
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Frank_Catucci_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Johanna Curiel
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Johanna_Curiel_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Martin Knobloch
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Martin_Knobloch_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Matt Konda
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Matt_Konda_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Milton Smith
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Milton_Smith_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Owen Pendlebury
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Owen_Pendlebury_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Simhalu "Sim" Kandala
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Simhalu_%22Sim%22_Kandala_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Steve Kosten
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Steve_Kosten_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Tahir Khan
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Tahir_Khan_2016_Bio_%26_Why_Me%3F>
> Like any election leadership when elected by the voting membership 
> drives
> the future agenda of the organization by proxy.  As a member your vote 
> is
> important as not only does it elect a official but helps the community
> measure what is important to our members.
> As a long time participant in OWASP since 2004' a chapter leader, 
> project
> leader and elected board member I am pleased to endorse the following
> individuals AFTER listening to the debate of all (4) questions.
> There are ONLY (3) positions available and after hearing comments at 
> the
> Leaders meeting I publicly endorse
> - Martin
> - Johanna
> - Owen
> ALL candidates are qualified but you have to pick (3) and I believe 
> that
> would provide the best global opportunity for new ideas, continued
> global growth and prosperity.
> For more information on the current process see: 
> https://www.owasp.org/ind
> ex.php/2016_Global_Board_of_Directors_Election
> Got direct questions reach out to me at AppSecUSA or sync 973-506-9304
> Cheers!
> @Brennan
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