Our TeamMeet the CommonLook Team

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Monir ElRayes

President and CEO

Since 1999

Monir ElRayes is the Founder and President of CommonLook. Monir is an entrepreneur who has organically grown CommonLook, with the other two CommonLook principals (both family members,) from a startup to the world leader in PDF accessibility compliance. Monir’s business philosophy centers on providing extraordinary value to customers and partners, building long term win-win relationships, and valuing the contribution of employees.

Prior to focusing the business on PDF accessibility in 2000, as a software architect, Monir led the software teams responsible for developing national secure document issuance systems for a number of countries.

Monir holds a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa. He enjoys chess, travel and exploration.

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Ferass Elrayes

CO-CEO (CommonLook Canada) / Director of Product Development

Canada Office / Since 1999

Ferass is in charge of CommonLook’s product research and development with overall responsibility for the specification, architecture and development of CommonLook’s market leading products. Ferass represents Canada at ISO TC 171 meetings on the ISO 14289 (PDF/UA), ISO 32000 (PDF) and ISO 19005 (PDF/A) Committees and is the Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) on TC 171 SC2. Ferass holds a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Carleton University specializing in the performance analysis of distributed systems.

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Asham ElRayes

CO-CEO (CommonLook Canada) / Director of Remediation Services

Canada / Since 1999

Asham is in charge of CommonLook’s remediation team with overall responsibility for the delivery and quality of millions of pages remediated annually to conform with a variety of accessibility standards. In addition to his remediation responsibilities, Asham has contributed heavily to the design and development of a variety of CommonLook products.

Prior to joining CommonLook, Asham was a developer at Nortel Networks where he received the President’s award for innovation. While at university as a PhD candidate in electronic engineering, Asham participated in publishing numerous papers on performance engineering of software systems.

 

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Daniel Kim

Chief Operating Officer

U.S. Office / Since 2017

After completing his BSEE and MBA, Daniel started his career as an engineer and eventually help found and start a high-tech company that was later acquired. He has assisted numerous companies achieve success and public IPO status for over a span of 35 years while living in three different continents and picking up four languages in the process.

A passion for helping people and companies, Daniel’s role, mission and passion at CommonLook is to assist to make a “great CommonLook team become even greater to achieve their full potentials!"

When he’s not at work, Daniel plays soccer, enjoys going to the gym, enjoys time with the family and catches up with world events as he is a news junky!

US Phone: 202-719-2400

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Priya Patel

Salesforce Administrator

US Office / Since 2020

Priya joined the CommonLook team in 2020 bringing her prior experience from healthcare and working with individuals with disabilities in higher education. Priya graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from James Madison University where she got her start in the accessibility industry. Through her work with JMU’s Office of Disability Services, she developed an interest in this industry and is excited to bring her experience to CommonLook and learn even more about how we can be a resource to those in need. In her free time, Priya is a huge DC sports fan with a love for travel, live music and all things coffee!

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Paul Rayius

Vice President of Training

U.S. Office / Since 2013

Since 2013, Paul has helped a variety of organizations, including healthcare, government agencies (local, state and federal), financial institutions, and colleges and universities meet their PDF accessibility needs.

In addition to his expertise with the CommonLook suite of tools for testing, creating and remediating PDFs, he is also well versed in accessibility standards including Section 508 (including the “refreshed” standard), Health and Human Services (HHS), WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1, and PDF/UA.

Paul is a member of the IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) and serves on various committees including helping to develop the Accessible Document Specialist certification. In addition, he is a member of the PDF Association and participates in writing the ISO 32000 (PDF) and ISO 14289 (PDF/UA) standards, as well as working with the PDF/UA Competence Center, the PDF/UA Technical Working Group, and serving as co-chair for the Accessibility Service Bureau Working Group. Paul also participates in, and moderates, several online accessibility groups and forums.

Prior to joining the CommonLook team, Paul graduated with a BMe in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University and taught middle school band for 11 years. In his spare time, he enjoys various outdoor activities and is an avid lacrosse player and geocacher.

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Avery Hymel

Senior Accessibility Software Trainer

U.S. Office / Since 2019

Helping clients to get the most out of the CommonLook products, Avery trains individuals on how to make their electronic documents accessible to individuals with various disabilities. His background is in higher education and training and Avery recently earned his Master’s degree in Education and Human Development.

The ability to help others manage and overcome obstacles has drawn Avery to both training and accessibility. He enjoys a bunch of outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. He also loves cooking new foods, traveling and checking out new breweries!

Direct 202-545-7698

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Elizabeth Franklin

Accessibility Software Trainer

US Office / Since 2020

Liz is an enthusiastic individual that enjoys working with clients to ensure they feel confident and successful in using our software programs. Her passion for service and education led her to join the CommonLook team after spending 17 years working in secondary education, as both a teacher and an administrator.  While working with a diversity of learners over the years, she has seen firsthand the need for equal access and the importance of ensuring accessibility for all audiences.   

At CommonLook, she provides accessibility software training and online training development. She takes pride in working for a company that shares her passion for service and education. 

Liz keeps busy with a husband and two amazing kids, two energetic Australian Shepherds, plus chickens and beehives. She enjoys going to the beach, hiking in the redwoods, snowboarding with her family and cooking really good food. 

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Dave Herr

Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Alliances

U.S. Office / Since 2012

After 27 years of working in the technology sector in technical and senior management positions, Dave has spent the last eight years working in the assistive technology industry. With an extensive background of working in both North American and International markets, Dave has been responsible for developing new territories into a profitable business for our company.

Developing new business requires building advisory and trusting relationships, partnerships with key influencers in our industry and ensuring that CommonLook is recognized as the industry leader. Over the last eight years, Dave has worked with resellers, accessibility organizations and has represented CommonLook with organizations such as the IAAP and W3C to ensure our influence in the industry. Dave earned his CPACC in 2016 from the IAAP. As the Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Alliances, Dave leverages his industry knowledge and experience as well as a background in sales to develop effective campaigns to reach our clients with our solutions for ensuring document accessibility compliance.

Dave finds it rewarding after so many years in the high-tech industry to be able to ensure that the information age that he helped to build is accessible to everyone. It is very gratifying to attend industry trade conferences and meet the people who benefit from our accessibility tools, services and training at CommonLook.

In his spare time, now that the children are grown and (almost) out of the house, he enjoys working on restoring sports cars and traveling with his wife and family.

Phone: 202-902-0989

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Susan Lee

Director of Communications

U.S. Office / Since 2018

At CommonLook, Susan focuses on lead generation, email marketing, web/graphic design, content creation and presentation/proposal development.

In her career as a creative marketing professional, Susan has worked on campaigns for top companies in a variety of industries. Here are just a few of them: IBM (during their sponsorship of the Olympics), McKesson, CDW, Cingular, Louisiana Pacific and Owens Corning.

Her creative experience includes direction, writing, editing, graphic design and website design/UX. Her specialties are branding and messaging strategies for the technology space.

In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, reading, writing, art and yoga. She also loves to play with her two senior dogs and her naughty kittens.  

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Ashish Tiwari

Marketing Assistant

U.S. Office / Since 2019

Ashish works on content generation, search engine optimization (SEO), website traffic analytics, emails and social media marketing at CommonLook.

He loves to explore and understand different types and patterns of user behavior in the world of digital marketing. Probably that’s why he spends way too long on deciding headings for his articles, videos and almost every piece of digital content he works on. 

He is passionate about all things communication and strongly believes in the famous quote by renowned physicist Albert Einstein that says “If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

A thorough science and history enthusiast, he enjoys reading fiction novels, playing chess, volleyball and badminton. He also loves creating videos on YouTube.

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Andrea Combs

Enterprise Channel Manager

U.S. Office / Since 2019

Andrea has over 20 years of professional selling, business development and client management experience in a variety of companies including Xerox, Coca-Cola, Konica Minolta and Company Nurse. 

Andrea joined CommonLook in the Spring of 2019 as a Document Accessibility Consultant. In this role, Andrea consults with public and private entities about CommonLook products and services to remediate electronic documents for compliance with the Federal Section 508 AccessibilityRegulations. 

Andrea has an MBA and a B.S. in Global Business / Marketing from Arizona State University.

She enjoys solving problems and finding ‘out-of-the box’ ways to accommodate a client’s unique needs through our products and services.

Andrea is very driven, but she likes to be organized and have a “plan” for everything she does.  She loves to travel, especially internationally, and she lived in Japan for two years after college.  Andrea also enjoys music and used to sing with the Phoenix Symphony Choir.  She is happily married and has a 10-year old son and a Westie dog named Cody.  

(202) 618-7303

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Andy Baum

Senior Account Executive

US and Canada Office / Since 2017

Andy consults with organizations to ensure their digital documents are accessible to 100% of their audience. After majoring in Communication at Tulane University, Andy began a nearly 20-year career in document management consulting, working with just about every industry vertical. He holds several awards for superior customer service and account management.

Andy is passionate about and inspired by the ability to literally make the world a better place every day through his work with CommonLook.

When he’s not at work, Andy’s often found rooting for the Chicago Cubs, listening to and playing music (guitar), experimenting in the kitchen, riding a bike or watching television.

US Phone: 312-756-8788

CAN Phone: 613-270-9582 x1040

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Chad Zaire

Document Accessibility Consultant

U.S. Office / Since 2017

Chad provides PDF document accessibility solutions to Federal Government and commercial clients. He helps clients choose the best solution based on their needs.

Chad has a well rounded background in sales and customer service.

He has over 7 years of sales experience with companies such as Coca-Cola and Red Bull. While attending Georgia Southern University, he studied Business information systems and Management.

Chad is excited to bring his skill set to the accessibility industry and work for this amazing company.

He would love to bring everyone up to speed on the importance of accessibility and how much of an impact it makes on individual lives when things are not accessible.

Chad believes that every should have access to information regardless of their disability.

Chad lives in our nation’s capital with his two-year-old son. He loves spending time with him and attending baseball games, festivals, car shows and museums.

He has about 60 head of black angus cattle that he raises with his father back home in Georgia. 

Direct +1 202-902-0985

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Megan Carey

Senior Account Executive

U.S. Office / 2013

Megan has served in a variety of roles as both a technical consultant and as a senior account executive in roles for several organizations. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), she is trained to deliver on projects and manage all aspects of a given solution to ensure success. Megan has been helping clients analyze how they are currently solving document accessibility issues and then helping them develop programs and solutions that will effectively deal with the problem and provide true return on their investment.

Megan believes in integrity (doing the right thing even when no one is watching) and changing the world one document at a time!

Megan and her husband are very busy with three young daughters that they adore. They enjoy spending time with all things “water” whether it’s the ocean, lake or pool. They are also passionate about rescue animals.  They have an 18-year-old rescued Jack Russell that keeps them on their toes and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

US Phone: 415-633-8297

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Sandeep Sharma

International Business

U.S. Office / Since 2019

Sandeep joins CommonLook as a Document Accessibility Consultant for the Federal Government and commercial agencies that need assistance in making their PDF documents accessible per Section 508. With a degree in Communications from George Mason University, Sandeep has been in the SaaS environment for the last 10 years leading as a top sales producer and Inside Sales Manager. From protecting small businesses and residences with the safest security to working now to help the visually impaired, Sandeep has always valued and affiliated with companies that are making a positive difference in the world. Sandeep believes in a “synergistic approach to life, as we all have a moral obligation to make this world a better place than how we found it.” At his own company, Final Four Productions, Sandeep works with a creative team of individuals to produce meaningful content that delivers a sincere message to the world.

From a very young age, Sandeep has worked with numerous organizations to make the world a better place [this includes building four new public schools in rural India]; his passion for helping those in need has carried into his professional career.

Sandeep is a professional Producer, Director, Writer and Actor whose work can be seen at www.IMDb.me/SandeepSharma. From an episode of America’s Most Wanted [as a good guy] to his first feature film that is now in post-production (The Turtle Dreamers), Sandeep is actively involved in the DC-Maryland-Virginia, Los Angeles, and now Mumbai film markets respectively. Sandeep and his wife spend most of their free time with their pitbull, Licorice, who they rescued in 2016.    

US. Phone: +1 202-902-0987

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Eugene Matusevitch

Document Accessibility Consultant

US Office / Since 2020

Eugene consults with businesses in both the private and public sectors as well as various government agencies in regards to the benefits of CommonLook’s digital accessibility solutions and services.

Since graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Eugene has primarily worked in a sales capacity and has been a top performer for various companies across a number of different industries such as eCommerce, personal finance, and software. He is excited to contribute to a company whose focus is accessibility and making a positive difference for those whose lives are adversely affected by disabilities.

In his free time, Eugene enjoys staying active and fit, producing electronic music and beats, following and watching sports, and spending time outdoors and traveling with his Girlfriend.

Tel: 1 202-998-2337 

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Eric Menatti

Technical Support and Development

US Office / Since 2020

Eric joined the CommonLook family in December of 2020 as a member of the support and development teams. He has over 8 years of software sales experience and in January 2021 completed a 6-month Full-Stack Developer certification course through George Washington University. He received his undergraduate degree in Management of Information Systems from Clemson University in 2013.

Some of Eric’s duties include aiding the support team with customer issues, resolving technical issues for clients, improving CommonLook’s internal processes and acting as a liaison between our business unit and development team. While new to the world of Accessibility and Remediation, Eric is excited to be part of a team that helps improve the lives of those with disabilities.

In his free time, Eric enjoys building PCs, gaming with friends, hiking outdoors, college football, and trying out new technology. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his girlfriend Elaine but hopes to move south in the future.

Tel: 1 202-558-0924 

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Eric Calbeck

Lead Support Specialist

Canada Office / Since 2012

Primary duties include installation and activation assistance to CommonLook clients. Also deliver purchased products to clients and software demos for clients. Started in CommonLook as a remediator and moved on to learn all software CommonLook distributes. After a year, I applied for the support tech position and have improved license delivery and client support experience.

My main motivation is making sure clients have a positive experience with our products and are able to use the CommonLook Suite of tools to lengthen the reach of accessibility.

A personal hobby of mine is snowboarding. Having fun with friends and enjoying the outdoors creates a very positive environment for me. Riding also helps to keep me fit and strong while improving myself.

Phone 202-715-9809  Ext. 105 

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Tina McBane

Inside Sales Manager

Canada Office / Since 2009

Tina is part of the Sales and Support teams at the CommonLook Canadian Office.

She joined the CommonLook Team in December 2009. Tina manages Maintenance and Support renewals, works within the sales process supporting CommonLook's Account Executives as a member of the Inside Sales Team and she processes software orders issuing deliveries.

Graduating from the Loyalist College Business Sales and Marketing program in 2009, Tina has grown with CommonLook.

What motivates Tina every day is how hard the CommonLook Team works to make the electronic world more accessible through PDF.

She loves to spend time with her family and friends. Tina enjoys reading about history and has been learning how to ballroom dance. If you want to know anything about George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series/ Game of Thrones, feel free to ask her.

613-270-9584 ext. 114

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Leah Cain

Sales Coordinator

U.S. Office / Since 2019

Leah Cain joined the CommonLook team in 2019 with many years of customer support experience. She works within the inside sales team helping to pair people with the proper accessibility consultants. She really enjoys helping people to realize the importance of accessibility and find their own path to achieve it.

In her spare time, Leah enjoys sewing, building furniture and all types of DIY projects. She also loves going to the beach with her family, friends, and dog, Pearl.

+1-202-902-0988 ext. 224

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Li Li

Sales Coordinator

U.S. Office / Since 2020

Li Li joined Commonlook in 2020 with over 10 years of customer support and business relationship building experience starting her career in the chemical service industry.

Her 10 years of work experience has given her exposure to international markets and dealing with multiple diverse customer experiences across the globe. “I am excited to join CommonLook Inside Sales team, where I can combine my professional working experience with PDF accessibility knowledge to better serve customers and assist in making the world a better place.”

Li Li has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree. She enjoys jogging and has completed a half marathon in 2015. Also likes attending music concerts with friends and enjoy outdoor activities while learning foreign languages.

1 202-902-0988  Ext. 232