Since 2011, Road-Aid has been commercializing capabilities that have existed within the Department of Defense for use at the local and state level to improve America’s roadways.  The same techniques used to find IED’s and keep our warfighters safe are being used here.


James Bridgers – Founder: 14+ years of experience leading businesses and organizations identify, test, and rapidly implement technology innovation to improve capabilities, transform processes, and exponentially increase the delivered value. Technology focus includes remote sensing, sensors (video, radar), GIS, mobile technologies, and big data collection and analysis.

In 2015, founded Road-Aid, a road data analytic company whose goal is to collect, analyze, and inventory every pothole/crack around the world and provide this information to drivers, governments, and other interested parties.

From 2006-2015, worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton as remote sensing, GIS, and data analytics expert. Simultaneously, responsible for capturing, maintaining and growing millions of dollars of work related to ATEP, ultimately leading to the successful capture of a $960 Million effort. He directed the technical work of a mixed disciplinary team of analysts, engineers, and developers to continually push the state-of-the-art of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) analysis through the reinvention of workflows, tools, and capabilities.

Prior to 2006, Mr. Bridgers worked for a mix of defense contractors including ITT Industries, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing. He also worked with GE Transportation Systems and NASA Johnson Space Center.

Rich Kaplan – Co-Founder: Rich brings more than 30 years of experience to Road-Aid as a strategic leader who is a driver of profitable growth. He is an effective communicator who emphasizes long term relationships that are built on mutual trust and respect.

Rich has more than a decade of experience with highly engineered, custom & complex power and control systems. He works with a wide range of clients including NASA, USACE, NAVY, Berkshire Hathaway, Alcoa, Sikorsky, Parker Hannifin, Rockwell International, Halliburton, Standard Steel and many others. His diverse industry experience includes Infrastructure, Department of Defense, Steel, Oil & Gas and Entertainment.

Prior to 2005, Rich served as an officer of a publicly traded company (OshKosh Inc.) in the capacity of Vice President of Wholesale Sales. He created and implemented sales plans for more than $200M in gross sales. Additionally, he managed a national sales team, while working closely with senior management both internally and externally.


Hugh Bolton: Hugh Bolton joined the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) in October of 2014 as the Senior Cyber & Intelligence Fellow. Prior to joining WSRI, Mr. Bolton served as President and CEO of the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center in Dayton, Ohio. Since May of 2013, Mr. Bolton has also served in a part-time advisory role as a Special Government Employee, Senior Level, for the Strategic Capabilities Office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Earlier in his career Mr. Bolton was Senior Vice President and General Manager of NCI Information Systems, Inc., where he supported the company’s successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) as well as executed direct profit & loss authority over two separate business units for NCI’s Air Force and National Security programs. Prior to NCI, Mr. Bolton was Executive Vice President with The Sytex Group, Inc., where he supported their intelligence business practice, mergers and acquisitions, and aided the eventual sale of the company to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bolton served in various capacities at MTC Technologies, Inc. During his twelve years with MTC, Bolton rose from Principal Engineer to Senior Vice President, leading the company’s intelligence business to $75 million in annual revenues and serving as management lead for MTC’s IPO in June 2002. Prior to MTC, Mr. Bolton served as an Air Force officer where he worked classified national security programs in technical, program management, and operational capacities.

Mr. Bolton graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1981 and earned a Master’s degree in systems management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1985. Additionally, he completed graduate studies in computer engineering at Rivier College in Nashua, N.H. Bolton currently resides in Ohio with his wife, Bonnie.