Mike Paciello is Co-Founder and Chief Accessibility Advisor of Open Access Technologies (OAT). OAT is the industry leader in the production of automated, high volume, accessible and usable documents.
Starting at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1982, Mr. Paciello has served as an international leader, technologist and authority in the areas of emerging technology, accessibility, usability and electronic publishing. Mike is the previous Founder of The Paciello Group (TPG), a world-renown software accessibility consultancy acquired in 2017 by Vispero, a leader in assistive technology for the blind and visually-impaired. TPG provides professional services and products to hundreds of clients including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce.Com, Pearson, Wells Fargo, SSA, IRS, GSA and the VA.
Mr. Paciello, along with several colleagues, formed the International Committee for Accessible Document Design (ICADD), the organization responsible for creating ICADD-22, the first-ever electronic publishing standard that produced Braille, large text and voice-ready publications from a single source file. ICADD-22 is recognized as a formalized segment of ISO 12083, the American Association of Publishers SGML standard for publishers.
Mike authored the first book on web accessibility and usability, “Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities” and, in 1997, Mr. Paciello received recognition from President William Clinton for his work in the creation of World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). He has served as an advisor to US Access Board and other various federal agencies since 1992.
On April 3rd, 2008, Mike and co-chair Jim Tobias, presented a historic series of internationally harmonized technical recommendations to bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities. As a result of these recommendations, the US Access Board released a final rule that updates accessibility requirements covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 along with guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. These revised standards and guidelines were published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017 and went into effect in January, 2018.
In 2016, Mr. Paciello was recognized by Knowbility for a “Lifetime Achievement in advancing the cause of digital accessibility.”
Co-Founder Serial entrepreneur, co-founder of 15 startups, serving as Chair, Director, CEO, President, VP-level.
Mike Masterson is an entrepreneur and executive with over 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, advanced materials, and energy industries. His career incorporates venture creation experience as a founding CEO, BOD Chairman, and Venture Partner. Mike currently serves as the Co-Founder and Chairman of ALD NanoSolutions, Inc. He also serves as a Founding Partner in Breton Capital Management, a special situation private equity firm.