About Fitz Gibbon, Inc.
We are a smart, talented team of creative, enterprising and experienced professionals who look forward to collaborating with you and your team to build new enterprises and transform existing businesses.
Our experience spans a diversity of INDUSTRIES...
. . . and DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS:
- regulated and unregulated
- Direct sales
- Direct marketing
- Government entities.
Fitz Gibbon Inc. Principals
Beth Fitz Gibbon is an innovation professional specializing in new venture and new product design & development. Her practice includes business strategy, market research and strategic marketing. She has consulted with and held senior management positions at Fortune 500 corporations, small and medium enterprises and non-profits.
Fitz Gibbon's favorite client engagement has been helping a small collaborative team design and build a new global business venture formed through the strategic alliance of two multi-national corporations with very different cultures.
"It was a complex, international undertaking from market research through strategic planning, regulated product design and development, and complex organizational issues, to commercialization." The new business was one of Ad Age's Top 10 Business Launches of the Year and beat every projected 3-year corporate hurdle rate in year one.
Fitz Gibbon says she is fortunate to have developed her career as a portfolio, collecting experience in concept design and development, R&D and intrapreneurship, as well as, financial and operational processes, market launch, sales training, advertising & public relations, and customer service.
"The research begins at the R&D stage with engineers and scientists, and moves into research into the market, industry or sector with suppliers, sellers, consumers and potential users."
That broad and deep experience in a variety of industries and distribution channels has provided her with the ability to explore, analyze, synthesize and integrate data and information, leading to skilled strategy, planning, execution and implementation - turning ideas into action and results, whether that's a new business, new product line or a more efficient, effective and profitable new process.
Her joy in work comes from exploration and collaboration. "I love the discovery process. That's why working with scientists and engineers at the R & D stage is so rewarding. Every new project presents different challenges and rewards. Every one is an opportunity to contribute, to learn and to add value to our client's success."
Fitz Gibbon is a fierce advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation. She earned her doctorate in Business Management at Case Western Reserve University, where her research focused on the strategic outsourcing of innovation, knowledge transfer, and their implications for long-term competitiveness.
She has an MBA in International Marketing from Emory University, and a B. A. in English from Rutgers University, magna cum laude. Dr. Fitz Gibbon has studied executive negotiations at The Wharton School, Mergers & Acquisitions at Emory University and in Vienna, Austria at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She participated in the International Colloquium on Business in Eastern Europe at Linz University in Austria and in Budapest, Hungary. Her research papers have been presented at International Academy of Management annual Conferences in Anaheim, California and Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Fitz Gibbon is a participating member of the Academy of Management, the New Product Development and Management Association, and the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals. She has taught Entrepreneurship Strategy, Intrapreneurship, and Social Entrepreneurship at the graduate school level and serves on a number of boards.
Along with her work at Fitz Gibbon, Inc., Tobie Kranitz Walters is also the founder of Kranitz Associates, an international strategic planning and marketing consultancy. Walters has over 25 years of corporate and consulting experience (B2B and B2C) ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to one-person businesses.
She has advised and assisted clients with business development, strategic and marketing planning, new product launch, communications, and venture capital solicitation presentations. Her clients include IBM, The Georgia Technology Authority, Bank of America, the U.S. Trade Assistance Adjustment Center, Quest Medical Staffing, First Glance Atlanta New Works Theatre Festival, The Leatherbury Group and others.
From 2002 through 2008, she worked extensively with IBM’s Learning Division, changing the way IBM’s top executives are trained to approach the C-Suite; creating White Papers for presentation to the CEO and formulating organizational restructuring. She facilitated the IBM consulting division’s roll out of a new service offering; and assisting in the creation of published books on mentoring and career development.Walters has an MBA, with honors in Marketing and Multinational Enterprise, from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to completing her MBA, Ms. Walters was an administrator at Harvard University. She also has a B. A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in French from The University of Michigan, is multi-lingual (fluent in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) and has lived and worked abroad.
Peggy Wolff is a workplace-behavior expert. She has helped companies of all sizes and stages of development increase the productivity of their workforce. Prior to starting Wolff Consulting Group in 1992, she was a Fortune 500 manager and coach. She focuses on workplace relationships and honest, respectful communication. In addition to offering the full range of Inscape Publishing products and custom designed programs, she has the flexibility to analyze clients’ needs and build on an organization's existing training programs.
Wolff has extensive experience in facilitating meetings and workshops, consulting, management development, career counseling and individual coaching with clients in a variety of fields and industries. Her areas of expertise include: communications skills coaching. both large-group presentations and one-to-one, team development, and conflict resolution.
Her clients include multinational corporations like Nike, Boeing, Avon Products, Barclays, Helly Hansen, Optiva Systems, Rockwell Collins, Unisource WorldWide, Lee Hecht Harrison, as well as many small and medium-size enterprises.
Wolff has a B. A. in Business Management and continuing education in Staff Consulting, Career Planning and Presentation skills. She is a former chapter Board Member of the National Speakers' Association.
Ruth Bernstein, D. M., is a nonprofit management specialist. In addition to being the CEO of Olympic Nonprofit Consulting, a nonprofit management firm, Dr. Bernstein is an Adjunct Professor in Nonprofit Management at Pacific Lutheran University and Seattle University. Bernstein has founded, and subsequently directed, a nonprofit organization and served on nonprofit boards for over 20 years. Her expertise includes working knowledge of both the foundation funding and philanthropy sides of the non-profit world.
Following an early career in Geology, including working as an Explorationist at Chevron Overseas Petroleum, Inc., Dr. Bernstein now focuses on the unique issues relevant to the nonprofit sector including promoting successful leadership and board relationships, developing mission and vision, directing the philanthropic focus of funding organizations, identifying social entrepreneurship opportunities, designing fund development programs, and the launching of new nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Bernstein has a Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Business, where she was additionally a Mandel Fellow for Graduate Research and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business. She received a Masters in Philanthropy from Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy along with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management. Her research on inclusion and intercultural interactions has been presented at the International Academy of Management in Montreal, Canada and San Antonio, Texas. Additionally, her research has been presented at ARNOVA, NASPA, and the First International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship.
The combination of practical experience in the nonprofit sector and intellectual scholarship establishes Dr. Bernstein as uniquely qualified to optimize nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.