We are Fishbowl Solutions.
President & FounderAs president and founder of Fishbowl Solutions, Tim has been the driving force behind its success since 1999. Tim’s expertise delivering content management solutions, passion for technology, and genuine commitment to customers have paved the way for growth and innovation. Tim continues to set the vision for Fishbowl’s future and invests in the development of every Fishbowl employee.
Director of EngineeringRoss has been with Fishbowl for ten years and leads our Engineering and PLM team. Ross has over 20 years experience working with CAD/PDM/PLM implementations. His extensive knowledge of PTC software has been responsible for expanding our engineering breadth and growing customer relationships. Prior to Fishbowl, Ross held engineering and management positions at Wavecrest, Rand, and Cascade Medical.
Director of Product DevelopmentAs the Director of Product Development, Greg is responsible for Fishbowl’s Oracle WebCenter and GSA software add-ons. Greg oversees the architecture, design, and development of new and existing Fishbowl products. With nearly 20 years experience, Greg has a thorough understanding of Oracle WebCenter. Greg held several consulting roles including five years at Stellent before joining Fishbowl in 2005.
Director of SolutionsJerry brings to Fishbowl over 20 years of experience in the information systems field. As our lead solution architect, Jerry excels at solution design, roadmap development, and implementation strategy. Before joining Fishbowl in 2010, Jerry already had a proven track record as a systems development leader at MoneyGram where he was recognized by Oracle Magazine as Content Management Architect of the Year.
It all started with a post-it note.
Fishbowl President, Tim Gruidl, always wanted to start his own business, but Fishbowl’s defining moment came in 1998. At that time Tim was an MBA student. A professor emphasized the power of writing down goals. So Tim did. On a post-it note that remains framed in his office today are the words, “Start my own company by 2001”. After that, it took just 9 months. Tim started Fishbowl in the basement of his home on May 10th, 1999. Tim’s previous experience selling enterprise software exposed him to common gaps present in the processes used by manufacturers. Many of these problems were caused by poor information sharing, so Tim partnered with PTC and Stellent to solve them.
What’s in a name?
It was a philosophy class at St. John’s University that inspired Tim to name his company Fishbowl Solutions. In this class Tim was introduced to fishbowl discussions in which 4 to 5 people formed an inner circle – the fishbowl – to discuss a topic, and there was an outer circle of listeners. Listeners could join in at any time, but once they did someone from the inner circle had to leave. Combining discussion with active listening brought new ideas to the fishbowl, and that is what we strive to do with customers. Our logo depicting a ladder leading out of a fishbowl represents Fishbowl Solutions as the innovative way to solve your problem.
A culture of success.
Tim credits Fishbowl’s success to employees’ commitment to Fishbowl’s founding values. Since day one, our values have been the driving force behind the people we hire and the way we work with customers. Not only do we believe in hiring technically competent team members, but those who have a passion for learning, a dedication to our customers, and a willingness to help each other out. Fishbowl was built by bringing together great people who shared these values. Seventeen years later, the Fishbowl team continues to deliver great solutions rooted in these values.