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Management Team

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James Becker

Founder & CEO
2013

Several years ago, James created Fusion based on the principal —to treat others the way we want to be treated. His passion is helping agents and small business owners learn to be successful long-term by working from a place of service for their clients. James is the proud father of two beautiful children.

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Chris Bean

President
2023

Christopher has an extensive history in business leadership and corporate management. Before coming to Fusion, he served as President for a multi-trade services business based in the Southeastern United States. Previously he also served as President for a Top-10 nationally ranked security systems and alarm-monitoring services provider. Christopher lives in Georgia and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

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Marjorie Briceno

Sr. Vice President of
Administration
2019

Daughter of immigrant parents, Marjorie started her career in the hospitality industry and is energized by taking on new challenges each day. Marjorie brings management, team-building and problem-solving skills that help elevate her operations team to be the best. Marjorie loves spending time with her family in Florida and cooking foods from around the world.

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Andrea Metza

Sr. Vice President of Partnership Executives
2017

Andrea earned her Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and after graduating, managed a Group Home for the Developmentally Disabled.  She moved on to accept a position in telecommunication sales, which was the commencement of a career in professional sales. 

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Jamila Nathaniel

Vice President of
Partnership Executives
2020

Jamila Nathaniel brings 25 years of leadership to Fusion. As a leader in the retail industry, she gained invaluable experience as she led teams and implemented systems and strategies for facilities at 65M+ in sales. She started her own business in the financial industry and as she was supporting, guiding, assisting, and bringing solutions, she evolved into a coach for small business owners and executives. She served as a Board of Directors for an Organization called Women of Wealth. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Karl Gates

Vice President of
Partnership Executives
2018

Karl has lived in the Los Angeles area for 20 years. He has spent the past 30 years as a leader in management and business development for both the real estate and financial services industries. At Fusion, Karl leads a team of Partner Development Executives who help partners achieve maximum business growth. 

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Bryan Kagel

Vice President of Partnership Executives
2021

Bryan joined Fusion Growth Partners as a Partnership Development Executive in 2021 after 30+ years in the Commercial Real Estate brokerage and Specialty Commercial Insurance industries.  After graduating from Cleveland State University with a degree in Finance, Bryan began his career with CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) as a commercial real estate broker.  During his career Bryan has served as a First Vice President with CBRE, a Principal and Owner with the Staubach Company, an EVP with Jones Lang Lasalle, VP of Business Development with Coface North America and Reg'l Dir. - Midwest with Merdian Finance Group.  Bryan is a skilled and qualified professional with background in diverse aspects of sale management, sales team building / coaching, lead generation, marketing and strategic planning.

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Jared Black

Vice President of Partnership Executives
2020

Jared Black's life has revolved around the world of small businesses since day one. Prior to his involvement with Fusion, he operated a small business in Breckenridge, Colorado, and co-founded a software startup dedicated to enhancing booking technology for outdoor industry businesses and streamlining their reservation process. Presently based in Denver, CO, Jared's unwavering passion lies in assisting individuals in cultivating their enterprises and realizing their growth aspirations. During his leisure hours, he enjoys indulging in skiing, golfing, and mountain biking.

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Shad Rockstad

Vice President of Partnership Executives
2022

Shad brings over 25 years of leadership in business development, marketing and customer service to Fusion. His experience includes executive roles in printing and manufacturing firms, and he has founded, built, and sold retail and transportation service companies. 

Shad enjoys helping friends and clients apply basic business and marketing fundamentals consistently over long periods of time to achieve their financial growth objectives.

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Jennifer Mitchell Bussio

Vice President of Partnership Executives
2022

Jennifer Bussio helps agents and entrepreneurs significantly grow their business. Jennifer is a passionate believer in the Fusion philosophy and growth models. She has a deep desire to see her business partners succeed and reach their dreams. She invests her time, talents, and resources to that end. Jennifer has worked in real estate, mortgage, land development, and construction for over 25 years. She has been the driving force in two small start-ups as well as a senior sales manager for a Fortune 500 company. On a volunteer basis, Jennifer supervised the development and building of a multi-million-dollar facility for children rescued from human traffickers in Los Angeles. Along with her real estate and small business expertise, Jennifer is also a certified life coach and a certified PMP who has been honored multiple times for her charitable work.

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Dan Johnson

Vice President of Partnership Executives
2021

Dan Johnson has over 30 years of experience in working with corporate and small businesses. Dan spent 8 years in Financial Services helping small business owners attract and retain quality employees while improving their business processes. Dan's passion is for helping people reach their financial goals, so they may live their dream retirement with complete peace of mind.

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Elan Edwards

Vice President of Partnership Executives
2022

Elan has been in the business development world for nearly 23 years. After graduating from Brigham Young University, Elan began his career as a business consultant for internet development businesses. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned to assisting Real Estate Investors and Stock and Option Traders with specialized business growth strategies. Throughout the years, Elan has worked in Project Management, VP roles, Executive level positions and business ownership. 

Elan has a history in athletics and continues to coach youth sports even today. His passion for coaching, educating, and consulting has allowed him to reach great levels in his professional life, as well. He prides himself on building top producing teams no matter the group he is working with. His focus on goal setting and consistent execution have proven to be extremely valuable assets along the way.

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Vicky Noard

Vice President of
Project Managers
2016

Since 2016, I’ve been a proud member of the Fusion team, contributing my expertise to drive growth and excellence. Throughout my career, I’ve gained a deep understanding of effective management practices, enabling me to achieve outstanding results while fostering a collaborative and motivated work culture.

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Danessa Eris

Vice President of
Execution  
2013

I have had the privilege of being part of Fusion Growth Partners since 2013. During my time here, I have honed my skills in customer service and management, accumulating fifteen years of valuable experience in these areas. Guiding and supporting a team to provide exceptional service to our clients has been both challenging and rewarding, fostering personal and professional growth. In my spare time, I love adventuring and staying busy with my husband and 2 kids. 

Patrick has spent the last two decades in Business-to-Business development. He has an extensive background in developing sales teams and scaling companies. Before Fusion, Patrick raised VC capital to cofound a subscription-based software company to market and ran a seven person think tank out of Northern California. He now lives in the Treasure Coast of Florida.

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Patrick Tierney

Partnership Closer 
2018

Patrick has spent the last two decades in Business-to-Business development. He has an extensive background in developing sales teams and scaling companies. Before Fusion, Patrick raised VC capital to cofound a subscription-based software company to market and ran a seven person think tank out of Northern California. He now lives in the Treasure Coast of Florida.

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Adam Furubotten

Partnership Closer
2020

Adam Furubotten brings a thorough, detailed, logical approach to everything he does. Adam has spent over 10 years as an executive in business finance and partnership development. Combined with a bachelor's degree in business management. Adam has developed a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of small business in today's environment. He also has a strong background in manufacturing and production management, consumer financial services, and many years' experience in food service and hospitality management, giving him a broad base of knowledge and experience to draw upon. His biggest strenths are in needs based problem solving and communication, while his biggest weaknesses are in unquenchable love of French food and single malt Scotch Whiskey.

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Harry Headrick

Director
2022

Harry was a general contractor and small business owner in Sacramento, CA for twenty years. Over that time he built a company with 23 employees and was ranked in the top 100 remodeling firms in the nation. He has a passion for the small business owner and assisting them to unleash their full potential.

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Amanda Claussen

Director 
2021

Over the last 10 years, Amanda has worked with small businesses to enhance their marketing, specifically in social media and digital strategies. Since joining Fusion in 2021, she has worn many hats which has led to her newest position in Product and Service Development. Amanda resides in sunny Phoenix, Arizona and her favorite time of year is fall/winter. When not working, Amanda enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, and French Bulldog.

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Jeremy Vencel

Director 
2023

Jeremy earned degrees in Communication and Counseling Psychology, then served in the education, counseling, non-profit, and construction fields. His problem-solving, detail-orientation, customer service, and management skills have made him an asset to many teams. Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, serving at his local church, and drinking in the South Florida environment.

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Conchata Hosley

Director 
2023

Conchata L. Hosley is a talented and experienced professional in the fields of creative marketing, project management, and process optimization. She has a proven track record of delivering impactful results and elevating efficiency through innovative workflows and processes. Her strong commitment to mentorship, professional growth, and risk management, combined with her technical skills and extensive experience make her an asset to any organization. With a passion for learning and growth, Conchata is eager to leverage her skills and expertise to make a positive impact in a Fusion project management role.

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