Michael Bridges' career in the scientific and information security fields spans over 33 years. He is founder and president of Peerless Technologies Corporation, an award-winning, nationally recognized professional services firm serving federal government clients at multiple locations nationwide. Peerless' customers include the Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Michael graduated from Wright State University in 1981 in Systems Engineering, Mechanical Options. He then embarked on a 20-year career in defense contracting, working for firms from San Diego to Washington, D.C., before returning home and starting Peerless in 2000.
Peerless is a three-time winner of the Dayton Business Journal's Best Places to Work award, a two-time winner of the Dayton Metro Area's Top Workplaces award (Dayton Daily News), and one of Inc. Magazine's 2013 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. In addition, Peerless received an Edison Emerging Technology Award from the Governor of Ohio and was the first tenant and graduate of The Entrepreneurs Center, an Ohio Edison Technology Center.
Gov. John Kasich appointed Michael to the WSU Board of Trustees in 2012 where he serves as Vice-Chair. He has served on boards at Aileron and The Entrepreneur Center; he now serves on the Board of Trustees for the Dayton Development Coalition and Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, the Columbus District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) selected Michael as First Runner-Up for their 2011 Small Business Person of the Year Award.
Michael and his wife Marcia reside in nearby Yellow Springs.