About SSB BART Group
At SSB we are proud to have a diverse team of engineers, programmers and consultants. Many on our staff have disabilities themselves, giving them a real edge in identifying needs and issues, and effectively testing and creating products and services with accessibility and usability in mind. In addition, more than half of SSB’s client services staff have worked directly as staff and contractors for the Section 508 compliance teams in U.S. Federal Government agencies.
Our ultimate goal at SSB is to create a world where digital systems can be made readily accessible to users with disabilities—enabling digital technology to become a profound empowering force in their lives.
Founded in 1997 by engineers with disabilities, SSB has been in the accessibility business since before Section 508 and the WCAG existed and longer than any of our competitors. During this time we have supported the accessibility initiatives of more than 1000 organizations, from leading government agencies to enterprise-class firms to smaller-sized companies. Our industry-leading software, training and consulting solutions provide the full compliance that can protect clients from expensive lawsuits while enabling them to qualify for more contracts and reach more customers.
Timothy Springer • Co-founder and CEO
Tim Springer has dedicated nearly two decades to ensuring that technology will not only meet regulatory standards but also support real world use by individuals with disabilities. As a leader in the digital accessibility industry, he has provided compliance solutions to thousands of organizations as well as advised large corporations and Federal agencies on technical challenges and best practices required to successfully achieve accessibility. As the creator and designer of SSB’s core technology, Tim led the development of InFocus, the industry’s first commercial software for testing web accessibility. In addition, Tim served as the chief architect for the Unified Audit Methodology and Accessibility Management Platform (AMP), SSB’s proprietary accessibility solutions. During Tim’s tenure as CEO, he has expanded the company to three locations in California, Virginia, and New Hampshire and overseen the acquisition and integration of Bartimaeus Group LLC and TecAccess LLC.
Jonathan Avila • Chief Accessibility Officer
Jonathan Avila is involved in updating and maintaining SSB’s Unified Audit Methodology and best practice library relating to Section 508, WCAG, and other accessibility standards. Jonathan has deep experience in the analysis, design and repair of software, web pages, mobile apps, Flash, documentation and hardware for accessibility. With an extensive technical and programming background, many years of experience in the accessibility field, and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings a valuable and unique perspective to access solutions for new and current technologies. Over the years he has implemented many innovative and creative solutions in the corporate environment, Federal and State government, and for end users with disabilities. Jonathan participates in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines working group and the mobile accessibility task force, blogs on accessibility issues, and has been the subject matter expert on several accessibility training courses created for the US Federal government.
Lars Kontz • Vice President, Sales
Lars Kontz brings more than 20 years of experience working in the education technology market. He joined SSB after working 3 years with Starfish Retention Solutions (HOBSONS) and the previous 15+ years as the regional vice president at Blackboard Inc. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president of sales for GetActive (CONVIO). Over the past decade, Lars has worked with hundreds of academic institutions within the US, Mexico, and Canada to design enterprise eCommerce solutions to secure and provide better services to students. He has also held administrative positions at South Dakota State University, Arizona State University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Western State College of Colorado.
Mike Schutte • Senior Director, Client Services
Mike Schutte has been a part of the SSB family for over 10 years. He has worked in Software Quality Assurance for over 25 years specializing in the accessibility field and testing for a wide variety of products. He began his career in the 1980’s designing, testing and supporting the first screen magnifier and screen reader for the Macintosh (or any GUI-based PC). Mike joined SSB in 2002 to test InFocus, the industry’s first commercial software for testing web accessibility, and then grew to lead the Client Services team. Currently, Mike’s team performs audits and a variety of consulting and testing services, which include managing the quality of his team’s testing efforts and deliverables. Mike has performed scores of audits, written several dozen VPATs, as well as managed and performed hundreds of audits and smaller testing projects for clients. His hands on approach allows him to work alongside clients throughout the engagement process, from scoping through audit report delivery and implementation support.
Mary Smith • Vice President, Business Development
Mary Smith leads the Virginia sales team, represents SSB at national conferences, and develops liaisons with agencies, corporations, nonprofits and national consumer groups. She was the founder of BART Group and the co-founder of Bartimaeus Group, which merged with SSB Technologies in 2005 to form SSB BART Group. For the past two decades Mary has actively contributed to the development of the accessibility market space by serving on committees and participating in key industry organizations. Mary participated in the ATIA CODE groups and is passionate about being part of the formation of a professional society for accessibility professionals and a certification process to validate the profession. Over the years, she has taken part in focus groups and grant funded projects exploring the best practices of companies with successful programs employing persons with disabilities.
Beth Crutchfield • Vice President, Policy & Program Services
Beth Crutchfield brings nearly 20 years of program management and policy implementation experience to the team. She joined SSB after working at Capital One Financial for over 19 years where she led complex regulatory programs, including their Digital Accessibility Program.
Bill Curtis-Davidson • Senior Director, Policy & Program Services
Bill Curtis-Davidson brings over 20 years of experience working in strategic user experience (UX) design and digital accessibility consulting. He joined SSB after working for 15 years with IBM as a UX and digital accessibility consultant, business development executive and executive architect. Prior to that, Bill worked as a digital accessibility researcher and adjunct faculty at Georgia Tech. He has helped dozens of companies plan, implement and manage their digital accessibility operations. Bill has also been involved in advising numerous government advisory committees, standards development organizations, and industry associations.
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