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Management Team


James Becker

Founder & CEO

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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Andrea Metza

Sr. Vice President

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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Jared Becker

Chief Operating Officer

Jared is an entrepreneur at heart and has started multiple businesses. He loves sharing his knowledge with others to help them grow. Jared leads a team of Partner Development Executives who are focused on helping Fusion partners achieve their business growth goals. He spends his free time in the Mountains with his golden retriever, Teddy.

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Karl Gates

Vice President

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. Karl is married with two professional adult children.

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Jared Black

Vice President

Jared is originally from Maine and has now lived in CO for 10 years. Before Fusion, Jared was Cofounder at a startup focused on helping people find great experiences outdoors. He currently resides in Denver and gets up to the mountains as often as he can. Jared is beyond passionate about helping people build their business and achieve their goals. 

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Jamila Nathaniel

Vice President

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.  

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Marjorie Briceno

VP Operations

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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Patrick Tierney

Vice President

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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Bryan Kagel

Associate Vice President

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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Dawn Dunavant-Banks

Associate Vice President

Having been licensed for over 20 years, Dawn has sold over 2000 homes. While selling, Dawn was ranked in the Kansas City Business Journal's top 25 agents and Wall Street Journal's top 100 in the country for multiple years. She's trained hundreds of agents and has managed a large office of 100+ agents. Dawn is currently also the President of the Women’s Council of Realtors Kansas City Network.  Fun Fact: She obtained her black belt at age 13 & competed in the Goodwill Games in the US and Russia on the US TaekwonDo team. She’s a Mama to 8 kids and known as Papa Dawn to 6 grandkids… she simply tends to collect loved ones and welcomes you to join her tribe.

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