Thomas Quinn, along with his partner, Phil White, founded Zoneworx in Temecula as a joint venture.
...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
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. Quinn
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
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
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.He
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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