Currently the CEO , executive vice president and co-principal founder , Quinn
inaugurated Zoneworx out of [ his
] master bedroom in 1996.The business was subsequently incorporated in 1997.
When questioned about the location of the company's beginnings , Quinn
explained , It came down to working out of my master bedroom or Phil's garage and , unfortunately , Phil's garage had a leaky roof , so we had to go with the master bedroom..
explains , a business can hook its pump to our hardware and our hardware to an internal Internet , thereby offering the complete observation of steady or malfunctioning operations of a specific piece of equipment.
Quinn stresses that Zoneworx offers services beyond monitoring manufacturing equipment.For instance , Temecula has several sports fields that require the regulation of field lighting.With the company's software , the Internet could control the lighting.The software eliminates the need for a person to run to a location and turn them on at a certain time.He
could just do it over the Internet and wouldn't that be nice? Quinn commented.He
partner , Phil White , both have backgrounds at IBM
They worked there for 10 years , which allowed the partners to utilize every kind of industrial automation that you can think of , Quinn
said.Included in that varied experience were conveyors and robots -- along with countless other systems.Quinn relocated to Temecula from Poughkeepsie , N. Y. , when he left IBM , due to the company's down-sizing. A lucrative job offer was presented from Opto 22 , a company in Temecula
reverently discusses his
wife , Linda , by calling her
a saint.The family moved from a large home with a pool in New York , to living in the wine country in California , and finally to an 1100- square-foot apartment in Temecula where Zoneworx was created.
The Quinns are the parents of two sons and a daughter who will attend high school this fall.His
children's interests range from computers and journalism to sports of all kinds.Quinn's parental pride shines through in the affectionate way he
speaks of his
Coaching girl's softball for the past five years is relaxation and a pleasure for Quinn
.He reveals there is an element of myself where I just have to be teaching and being a coach provides the avenue for that element
Involving himself in community service follows along that same path.Quinn recently served as treasurer of the Temecula Little League Softball League , as well as a girls' softball manager-coach
.With two others , he
also coaches for the girls' junior all-star team for 13 and 14 year-old-girls.These elements comprise the spirited , receptive , and community-minded Quinn
Further questioning regarding his
profession revealed a devoted alliance to his
partner , Phil White.We have been joined at the hip since our IBM days , he
said.They worked together at his previous position with Opto 22 , where they realized the importance of software standards. The idea for Zoneworx came about taking devices and getting directly onto the Internet and making them accessible through the Internet.
Jointly , the two men put together a business plan and obtained backing from venture capitalists , by proving that their expertise and a window of opportunity merged at the opportune time.
Consequently , the company is venture capital backed by five top investors.The capital raised enabled the team to concentrate on developing their product and to hire a CEO who established a credible business plan , enabling the fledgling company to obtain further financial support and go into product introduction..
Zoneworx products have been on the market since February of 1999.
is presently developing sales and marketing along with adding new executive officers.The company's size has developed from two partners operating from a master bedroom , to a current count of 50 employees.Since Zoneworx' inception , Quinn , alongside his partner and his brother Jim , has maintained a positive and sometimes playful attitude
keeps everyone's spirits uplifted with a wise outlook and a touch of humor.In the beginning he
joked , I don't know if this is going to fly , but it's the best college course you ever had..He
firmly believes that persistence is the key to a flourishing business and you must work through all the no's. Quinn finds that running a company is a marvelous roller coaster ride and it's apparent that he
is thoroughly enjoying the excitement.
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