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Employee Spotlight: John Timms

Tell us a little about yourself and what is your role at Acertara?

John and his son at the US Men’s National Team Soccer match.

I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. I credit the majority of my technical ability to the excellent technical training I received while serving in the Royal Air Force. I attended Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering. I met my Nebraskan wife while working in southern Germany. We have two sons, who are men now. My older son is a Mechanical Engineer and my younger son is a Denver Fire Fighter. I love soccer (football where I come from) and Liverpool is my team. I played most of my life and coached for 20 years. I believe one of my gifts is working with boys and helping them grow. Coaching soccer was a tool that allowed me to do this. I am also blessed to mentor a young man who I met through the Kids Hope USA program. To stay fit I ride my bikes (road, mountain and now an e-bike….I must be getting old) which are my prized possessions! At Acertara I serve as the VP of Engineering and am responsible for the majority of our product design and development.

What do you like most about Acertara?

I get to design the whole product; analog, digital, power, embedded and take it from concept to production. You don’t get to do that at bigger companies. This also allows me to take a product from concept to production faster than bigger companies could get agreement on the concept!

What do you find most challenging at Acertara?

Getting a set of specifications from my customers!  They usually only have a vague idea of what they actually want until I deliver the prototype and then….

What is your favorite movie and/or book?

My favorite movie is Enemy Mine. A sci-fi from the mid 80’s. It seems quite cheesy now, but back then the special effects were awesome! As a teenager the movies message really resounded with me. My favorite book is The Journey by Billy Graham.

Where would you like to travel to?

I have been learning Spanish for the last few years, so it’s definitely time to travel to a Spanish speaking country and get far away from the tourist areas. Puerto Rico looks favorite right now.

Top three life highlights?

    1. Marrying my wife
    2. Marrying my wife
    3. Marrying my wife


July 28, 2022 Newsletter