Peter G. Ruppert
In this episode of Her Success Story, Ivy Slater talks with Peter Ruppert, veteran in the education industry and serial entrepreneur, about launching and scaling an education business, visionary thinking, moving to the virtual business model, and how systems support opportunity.
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Pete is a veteran in the education industry. Over the past 20 years, he has opened over 100 schools and acquired more than 25 others. His experience in education spans president and CEO roles of organizations in the private school, charter school, and early education industries. He also served as a public school board member in his local community for 5 years.
Pete is currently the founder and CEO of Fusion Education Group. Launched in 2007, the company made five acquisitions in its first two years. The last acquisition in December, 2008 was the original Fusion Academy campus. Within a few years, the company determined that Fusion’s unique model and high growth potential made it a significant growth opportunity. Thus, the company sold off its non-Fusion schools in order to focus entirely on the national expansion of the Fusion Academy model. Today, there are more than 60 Fusion campuses in operation around the nation.
In 2019, the company acquired Futures Academy, another one-to one school model with 16 locations in the state of California.
In 2020, the company launched Fusion Global Academy (FGA), a one-to-one virtual school that provides 100% live instruction in every class. FGA serves on-line students throughout the United States and internationally.
Today, Fusion Education Group, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, operates more than 75 Fusion and Futures Academies across 16 states and District of Columbia. All Fusion Academies, Futures Academies and FGA provide completely individualized programs based on the needs of each student. Virtually all classes are taught in a one-to-one environment: one student, one teacher. Fusion Education offers programs for 6-12 grade students.
Ruppert started his career with Procter and Gamble. He entered the education industry when he was hired as president of National Heritage Academies in May, 1997. During his eight years as president of NHA, Ruppert led the expansion of the company from four schools to 51 schools across five states.
Pete holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He and his wife, Jessica, have four children; three sons and a daughter, and reside in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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