Open Access Technologies, Inc. (OAT) is dedicated to helping organizations build fully accessible and usable digital document libraries. OAT’s suite of robust document accessibility tools helps organizations convert and remediate PDF, ePub, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to better serve their customers and comply with mandated accessibility standards, including WCAG 2.1, PDF/UA and Section 508.
Executive Chair/CEO, Co-founder
Howard has nearly 35 years of hands-on management experience launching, building and leading both public and private technology companies, including 25 years of general management for eight start-ups. He has been a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at Yale, Harvard, MIT and other institutions throughout the world. His academic training includes finance, accounting, operations research, corporate law, architecture and physics.
Director, North American Sales
Glenn has extensive experience solving complex business problems through technology. He excels at helping identify productive solutions that make digital content accessible and usable for the blind and visually impaired. Ask how our OAT Assurance Policy guarantees your satisfaction when making your digital documents Section 508 and ADA compliant!
Director of Accessibility Services
Kyle is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of OAT’s accessibility services. He manages OAT’s remediation team and leads quality assurance efforts. He aims to implement efficient strategies to help customers meet their accessibility needs. He is an Adobe Acrobat certified PDF expert with a deep knowledge of the requirements of an accessible document to meet compliance standards.
Director of Sales Operations
Marianne’s primary responsibilities include sales reporting, Salesforce.com administrator, project management, as well as assisting with tradeshows, webinars, social media and marketing. Marianne comes to Open Access Technologies with 15+ years in sales specifically within start-up companies as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has sold a variety of products/services (blood, dancing water fountain shows, text giving, HR & Ecommerce tools, etc.) and has gained experience in many different areas such as sales, sales operations, event planning, strategic planning & marketing. During her free time, Marianne is busy chauffeuring 3 children to dance, basketball and baseball. When she gets a moment to herself, she also likes to read and travel.
Business Development Manager
Peter Saksvig comes to OAT with a diverse background in sales and business development. He has forged, initiated and conducted successful sales programs in start-up and corporate environments including, Iconoculture, CEB and Gartner. As a former member of the 101st Airborne (Rakkasan), Peter takes pride in his demonstrated traits of loyalty, accountability and Team First mentality. Responsible for OAT’s Business Development, Peter looks forward to connecting with you. In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family and will take any opportunity he can to go water skiing during the Minnesota summers.
Karen McCall, M.Ed.
Senior Advisor, Accessible Document Design
Karen has been working in the field of accessible document design for over 18 years. Although her focus is on accessible Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents, she is a strong advocate for the accessibility of all file formats.
Senior Advisor, Accessible Document Design
Bevi Chagnon is half designer, half geek, and 100 percent teacher. She’s a prolific writer on design, web, desktop publishing, Sec. 508 accessibility, technology, digital media, and cross-media publishing. Her 35+ years in the industry has made her accomplished in many design disciplines including print, digital, electronic, web, PDF, Sec. 508, accessibility, and EPUB.
Director of Product Solutions
Dave is responsible for document accessibility products and has over 20 years experience launching, delivering and enhancing document accessibility solutions. Dave helped define and approve the Accessible PDF standard, iso-14289, on behalf of Canada. Dave has his EDP (Electronic Document Professional) certification and is Pragmatic Product Marketing certified. Dave has spoken at A11y events, international conferences and many other events promoting document accessibility.
Digital Accessibility Specialist
Erik has a background in IT and SaaS software sales and brings previous accessibility experience to OAT from his time at SiteImprove. Erik utilizes his strengths in client relations, business development and account management to keep OAT’s clients happy in their efforts to make digital documents fully accessible and inclusive for their customers and end users.
Director of Product and Engineering
For more than 20 years, Joss has been building and leading diverse interdisciplinary teams around technology, and user needs through design and creativity. He was a Co-founder of Weave Visual Analytics, focused on the open-source visualization platform Weave a web-based visualization and analytics package. A Co-founder and managing partner of Entelechy Technology, a consultancy built around Data, Cognitive Science, Machine Learning, and Visualization. He also Co-founded Blender Logic, where he led the development of CORE (Composable Ontological Representation Engine ), which provides a principled approach to AIML orchestration problems.
Accessibility Business Advisor
Sean Aryai is a technology and marketing innovator with nearly two decades of Fortune 500 experience leading channel programs, product and development teams. Sean most recently lead the accessibility team and public sector engineering team at CA Technologies, moving the company forward in public sector compliance. Sean’s thought leadership in accessibility and agile development has been showcased during sessions at CSUN and M-enabling conferences. Sean holds an MBA from Dowling College and Bachelor’s degree in Technical Communication from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Becky is a recognized leader in Web Accessibility with more than 30 years of diverse experience in corporate and open-source software product development. Her passion is web accessibility advancement and evangelism that impacts products, customer strategies, and industry standards. Becky was also a key member of the WCAG 2.0 working group.
Accessibility Technology Advisor
Will has been in the high tech industry for almost 30 years as a software engineer, technical leader, architect, product manager, and engineering director in several Fortune 500 companies. He was one of the original pioneers of the API-based approach to accessibility that is commonplace today and has a passion for using technology to make the world a better place for all.