[Owasp-summit-2013] Big thanks to Mark for his efforts in the Summit 2013

Mark Bristow mark.bristow at owasp.org
Sun Apr 8 01:38:36 UTC 2012


All,

I appreciate the warm regards but they are not needed.  The board decided
that Summits were not as high a priority  as commuting our limited
resources to rebooting a number of projects.  This is what our board,
elected by our membership, must do.  There are many great ideas and energy
in OWASP and limited resources for items that require funds/employee time
and it is for the board to prioritize these efforts.

Am I disappointed we are not having a 2013 summit?  Absolutely.  I think
summits have tremendous collaborative value and I feel that the team put
together a unique, collaborative and cost effective plan for delivering a
great summit to get some stuff done.  However I also think that
revitalizing some of our core projects is critical to the OWASP mission.
 Frankly I'm glad I did not have to decide between the two and applaud the
board for making a tough decision.

Thanks to all for the unnecessary but welcome encouragement and I look
forward to continuing to work with OWASP events and other projects I'm
involved in.

-Mark

Sent from my wireless device

On Apr 7, 2012, at 8:21 PM, Dennis Groves <dennis.groves at owasp.org> wrote:

Dear Summit-2013 Committee,

I have been told that I have the mouth of a sailor and the social grace of
a bull in a china shop. Combine that with the the difficulties of
communicating by email where you loose my passion, body language, tone of
voice and smiling face; and the likelihood miscommunication and of my being
offensive sky-rockets.

I fully realize that OWASP is made of people from the "A" team, each of you
are incredible people at the top of your careers, passionate about what you
do and pulling in roughly the same direction. You are all people to whom I
owe a deep gratitude and whom I feel very lucky to work with and know.

If I have offended anyone (highly likely) please forgive my transgressions.

I think Mark remained particularly passionate, and a professional despite
public criticism, and negative feedback, and his desire to keep things
moving in the face of such adversity is truly admirable.

I sincerely hope that despite this experience Mark remains tenacious and
passionate as a member of OWASP. Mark's passion, tenacity and desire to
bring people together are exactly the fires that keep the engine of OWASP
running.

And while such alergic reactions are at times healthy for the community,
they are quite stressful and taxing to the individual. I spend a great deal
of time worrying about how such friction keeps people with less character
than Mark just displayed from participating at all.

Thank you for your efforts Mark!

-- 
Dennis Groves <http://about.me/dennis.groves>, MSc
dennis.groves at owasp.org

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