Frankly, I’ve got to say I had a bit of a learning curve while writing this article. The sum total of my experience with firearms has been in shooting a .22 in Boy Scouts(that’s a .22 caliber rifle for those even less informed than me), and the time I borrowed a .12 gauge to go “Zucchini Blastin’” on a date with my soon-to-be wife. (What else can you do with overgrown zucchinis?) Times have changed. Could there be a bigger hot button issue than firearms at the moment? OK, maybe the federal budget, but firearms are a close second. So, why would a Fishbowl employee be writing about firearms?
Well, along with all the other niche markets Fishbowl works well for, “Firearms Manufacturing and Sales” seems to be one of those markets for which we seem to be a GREAT fit, and here’s why. According to Business Insider magazine, there are 129,817 gun stores in the U.S., (which, incidentally, is 14,869 more gun stores than grocery stores!). That’s a lot of businesses and a lot of guns. Most of these businesses are small to mid-sized and are therefore using QuickBooks for their accounting (QuickBooks covers over 87 percent of the small-to-mid sized business accounting software market in the U.S.). (more…)
Grant Kimball is currently serving as vice president, partner relations and is one of the founders of Fishbowl. Grant joined the original Fishbowl team in 2001 and has filled many roles in, or related to, sales. Previous to his current role, he was vice president of sales and marketing. Grant brings 24 years of sales experience to Fishbowl, primarily in technology-related fields. In 2003, Grant helped steer Fishbowl towards integration with QuickBooks, the popular accounting package from Intuit Corporation. Since 2003, Fishbowl has focused on this relationship and is currently the #1-requested add-on software solution for QuickBooks users out of approximately 300 software packages. Besides the relationship with Intuit, Grant is also responsible for developing Fishbowl’s growing resellers program, which he is currently managing, and now accounts for over 20% of Fishbowl’s total sales. Grant earned a Master’s in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor’s in Operations Management from Cal Poly, Pomona.