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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Andrea Metza

Sr. Vice President
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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Karl Gates

Vice President
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. Karl is married with two professional adult children.

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Jamila Nathaniel

Vice President
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.  

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Jeff Tendler

Associate Vice President
2021

Jeff brings over 35 years of real estate experience to Fusion.  He has been instrumental in the development of major retail and office projects and has extensive knowledge of both residential and commercial brokerage.  Jeff has also spent many years coaching C-level executives and developing sales teams to cultivate success and increase corporate profitability. Jeff’s love of coaching and teaching has extended into his many hobbies which include skiing and the martial arts. 

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Ed Pearson

With nearly 30 years of experience in sales & business development Ed has successfully built, launched & consulted companies from start-up to profitability or acquisition. Ed spent 17 years with Disney/ABC, ultimately becoming a Sr. Executive of one of Disney's major network divisions. Proficient in leadership, relationship building & driving revenue, Ed brings his vast experience to Fusion to help the company's partners reach their business growth objectives.

Chief Revenue Officer
2021
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Jared Becker

Vice President
2019

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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Diane Cunningham

Vice President
2020

Before successfully launching Fusion Growth Partners on the east coast during COVID in 2020, Diane has over 20 years in marketing and business development experience. While residing in Florida, Diane has raised 2 grown daughters also living in Florida.  Her passion is to help others grow their businesses and teams while always striving to be her personal best in every area of life.

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Jared Black

Vice President
2020

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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Kyle Baack

Chief Operating Officer
2021

Before joining the Fusion team, Kyle
was the Chief Innovation Officer & President of a national real estate marketing services company. Prior to 
his time there, Kyle worked for a non-profit helping it scale to over 300 employees. Kyle’s strengths include building teams, problem solving & building systems to support growth. Kyle lives with his wife & four kids in Kansas.

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Marjorie Briceno

VP Operations
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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Gavin Bree

Vice President
2013

As one of the core members of the Fusion team, Gavin has been pivotal to the success & growth of Fusion. After 5 years w/ Fusion, Gavin left to launch & consult in the technology & software development space. He is now back w/ Fusion bringing a new perspective after co-founding 3 prop-tech companies, scaling them to multi-million dollar businesses, & consulted w/ startups & small businesses. He loves helping business owners build their businesses.

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Patrick Tierney

Associate Vice President
2017

After attending CSUS for a degree in Marketing, Patrick has spent the last 10 years in business development and has been a Partnership Development Executive since 2017. He has an extensive sales background spanning 15 years & a true passion for marketing. Living in San Diego, Patrick enjoys spending his free time with his wife and their two samoyeds out at the beach.

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Bryan Kagel

Associate Vice President
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.