Tim Ristoff

CEO & Senior Managing Director



As Sr. Managing Director, CEO and Founder of TriVista, Tim Ristoff, like all the members of his firm, comes from a career background that reflects the industries of the clients he serves. By positioning himself as a practitioner rather than just a consultant, Tim is able to harness lessons forged through a deep and personal understanding of the challenges that clients face. It is this perspective that informs his proven process for measurable gains through transformation.

In practice, Tim leverages more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, operations, general management, engineering, and commercial best practices. This enables him to marshal greater effectiveness toward lowering operational costs, increasing revenues and delivering measurable business results in accelerated timeframes for TriVista clients.  He has helped investors and managers build companies that are more productive, efficient, and valuable by assessing and improving operations.

Since forming TriVista, Tim’s career has been defined by performance excellence outcomes that are exemplified by having personally led more than 100 Operational Due Diligence engagements with a combined conservative value of more than $20B. His lexicon of experiences includes leading more than 8,000 employees in five manufacturing locations in mainland China as well as leading operations in 12 countries located in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. These examples provide a glimpse into his proven global leadership across complex and diverse cross-cultural operation transformations.

Tim’s numerous accomplishments speak directly to his ability to adapt and grow with clients to meet evolving needs in an uncertain global business landscape. Through the implementation of processes, tools and methodologies for achieving efficiency and effectiveness in global manufacturing, he leads TriVista in providing uncompromising pre- and post-close support and manufacturing optimization.

The lessons that shaped the TriVista business model are rooted in Tim’s career experience of having led multiple business units of a global conglomerate with thousands of employees and sole responsibility of their direction. He implemented improved management systems that were linked to a refined deployment strategy, which ultimately led to best in class operations performance. Tim emerged with the career-defining realization that a focus on operational excellence across the value stream with solid processes, protocols, and primacy of Voice of the Customer is the bedrock of flawless execution that enables any business to outperform the marketplace.

Consequently, he constantly reinforces the need for leadership development and optimization while maintaining a focus on operational excellence across the value stream by making it an integral part of TriVista’s DNA. Through his vast experience and thought leadership on the development of the firm’s proprietary Quality of Operations® programming, Tim ensures that clients have the operational structure in place to facilitate flawless execution. Armed with an organization built on continual operational excellence, client companies achieve measurable results that can include better cycle times, cost structures and service levels as well as leaner more efficient supply chains that collectively deliver significant top-line growth.

Industry Experience

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Electronics
  • Food & Beverage
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Packaging
  • Building Products

Professional Experience

  • President, Industrial Electronics – ITT Cannon
  • President, Switch Products – ITT Cannon
  • President, Jabsco – ITT Jabsco
  • Vice President & General Manager – TRW Sensors & Components


  • MBA, Corporate Strategy – Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Malibu, CA
  • BS, Marketing, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Executive Leadership Program- Ashridge University, Berkhamsted, U.K.
  • Leading Professional Service Firms-Harvard Business School-Boston, MA


  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Awards & Recognition

  • Fastest Growing Firms-2017 Consulting Magazine
  • Top Management Consultants in Orange County-2017 Orange County Business Journal
  • Operational Due Diligence Provider of the Year – 2014 Acquisition International M&A Awards
  • Mid-Market Operations Consulting Firm of the Year – 2013 Acquisition International Finance Awards

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) – Orange County
  • Legatus

Board Positions

Tim is on the board of several Private Equity backed operating companies.  He is also involved with a number of other private and civic boards including JSerra High School, and previously served on the board of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
  • Patriot Pop Warner Youth Football Coach

Personal Interests & Endeavors

Tim is the proud father of three boys, and enjoys coaching football and spending time with his family.  He also enjoys golf, hunting, and giving back to the community.

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