June 27th, 2011
Software Association of Oregon (SAO) seeks new president
[Full disclosure: I sit on the board of the Software Association of Oregon (SAO). In that role, I also serve as a member of the marketing committee. I don't believe this role has jaundiced my coverage, but I wanted to be open about my involvement.]
Who said nonprofits were boring? Being the president of the Software Association of Oregon (SAO) certainly isn’t. The role has proven to be one of the more tumultuous executive seats here in town.
During my tenure here at Silicon Florist, Harvey Mathews held the chair, a pre Urban Airship Scott Kveton served as interim president, and Matt Nees took over to helm the organization. Now, someone else is going to get the chance. Matt has resigned from his role as president.
“When I took over this role, the SAO was in the midst of redefining its vision and its role in the software and technology industry in Oregon,” said Matt in a prepared statement. “Since then, we’ve accomplished a great deal, including expanding our services to our members and creating new partnerships throughout the state within both the public and private sectors. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved, and extremely grateful for the hard work of the SAO staff and our community partners in making it happen.”
Mike Rogoway over at The Oregonian caught up with SAO chairman David Childers to discuss the transition.
“SAO, over the past couple years, has really enjoyed some real success,” Childers said. “I think Matt’s done a great job of making it the Software Association of Oregon, not just the Software Association of Portland.”
The search for Nees’ successor begins immediately, Childers said, adding that some prospective candidates have already expressed interest. With Portland’s software industry enjoying new attention and success, Childers said he hopes to hire a new president within a few months.
“It is a plum,” he said, “or a better position today.”