Board of Directors
Strengthening Client & Associate Loyalty
The company has a seasoned and proven management team with a track record of introducing innovative products and services, and building long-standing and leverageable client relationships.
Shawkat Raslan has been Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Access Worldwide since March 2002, and a director of the Company since May 1997. Since June 1983, Mr. Raslan has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of International Resources Holdings, Inc., an asset management and investment advisory service for international clients. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of TAIB Investment Bank in Bahrain from 1980 to 1983. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Raslan was an engineer for Turner Construction, a construction management company. Mr. Raslan currently serves as a Director of Investor Select Inc., CF Global LLC, and is on the Board of Advisors of the Tiedemann Investment Group.
Ted Jordan joined the company in 1998 and is responsible for operations, information techology, sales, marketing, and client development for Access Worldwide. Mr. Jordan has served as the CIO since April 2002 and pioneered the development of a multitiered CRM for the operation of all of Access Worldwides communication centers. Before joining Access Worldwide, Mr. Jordan was founder and President of Jordan Computer Specialists, Inc., a software development and computer consulting company acquired by Access Worldwide in 1997.
Bob Bryan joined the company in 2004 as Vice President of Sales. Mr. Bryan is responsible for operations, sales, marketing, and client development for Access Worldwide. He has over 20 years experience in call center operations and management. Mr. Bryan previously served as COO of Abacus Communications, and VP of Ops at Harris Publishing and Edward Blank Associates, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bryan oversaw call center operations for Gannett, Inc. spearheading the initial acquisition call center campaigns for the launch of USA Today.
Lisa Forzano Braatz
Lisa Marie Forzano joined Access Worldwide as Corporate Accounting Manager in May of 2005. In October of 2006, she was promoted to Corporate Controller. Lisa took on the role of Vice President of Accounting and Finance in June 2012, with responsibility and oversight of the entire accounting operation. Prior to joining Access Worldwide, she spent seven years at JM Family Enterprises as a Senior Accountant and later Supervisor of Financial Reporting. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Florida, and is a member of both the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Wright joined Access Worldwide as the companys General Counsel in January of 2005. Prior to joining Access Worldwide, Mr. Wright served as General Counsel for Washington Live, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based information technology company, and Assistant General Counsel with YellowBrix, Inc., an online information service provider. Prior to YellowBrix, Inc., Mr. Wright served as Corporate Counsel to the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry. Mr. Wright is a licensed attorney with an MBA and JD from American Universitys Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.