“As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.”


-John C. Maxwell

Tim Bridges
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Tim joined Advanced Onion in March of 2018 as a Senior Program Manager and advanced to VP of Operations and Engineering in the fall of 2019 and to COO in December 2020. He is responsible for delivery across the full spectrum of Advanced Onion’s IT projects – new software development, maintenance and sustainment as well as data analytics, data quality and IT operations. Tim also provides key technical input and leadership as AO expands its presence into new technologies and markets.

Tim came to AO from a 30+ year career in software product development with specialties in high-performance computing/analytical database engines, data warehousing and computer-based training. He left his Ph.D. program to start his first company, Data Parallel Systems, Inc. after winning a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation which was followed by another SBIR contract with NASA. He has been involved in several startups since then, including establishing and organizing the US operations for an offshore software services company delivering growth from 350 to 1800 employees over four years, which propelled the company to its IPO. He shared his love of startups by teaching entrepreneurship at the prestigious Kelley School of Business MBA School. Tim has a special affinity for software products and has led in a software product manager role even within some of the services-oriented companies he has worked in. 

Tim grew up as the son of a US Army officer, attending more than a dozen schools and graduating high school in the Panama Canal Zone. He earned his BS in Chemistry and MS in Computer Science at Indiana University and remains a lifelong learner, recently earning a MS in Cybersecurity Policy. He also earned certification as a DataRobot engineer to support AO’s movement into advanced ML/AI solutions. Tim enjoys the beauty of the outdoors on the Monterey Peninsula and can often be found on a local golf course or sailing on Monterey Bay.