An interview with Peter G. Ruppert, Founder, and CEO of Fusion Education Group

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

My name is Peter Ruppert. I founded what is today known as the Fusion Education Group in Grand Rapids, MI in 2007. Today, I remain the CEO of the business. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and started my career with Procter and Gamble. Later, I received my MBA, joined a consulting firm, and eventually became an entrepreneur in the consulting industry before moving into K-12 education almost 25 years ago.

Recently, I published my first book, Limitless: Nine Steps to Launch Your One Extraordinary Life. It’s targeted towards people who don’t want to “settle” or accept things as “good enough” and have dreams they want to chase, not give up on. It’s short: 150 pages filled with stories, additional resources to dig deeper, and a workbook-like format at the end of each chapter to help the reader design their limitless future.


What exactly does your company do?

Today, we own and operate 78 accredited private schools around the country under the Fusion Academy, Futures Academy, and Barnstable Academy brands. Our schools are unique, personalized private schools that provide one-to-one (one teacher, one student in each class) education for students in grades 6 through 12. Due to our small school populations, our teachers can get to know every child and provide mentoring as well as individualized instruction. Because of this personalized approach for each student, we are often able to provide life-changing results for our students.

Recently, we launched our first virtual school, Fusion Global Academy. With its on-line program, we can provide the same high-touch, highly personalized one-to-one educational program to anyone in the United States or even internationally.


What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

I was always driven to be an entrepreneur and I started a few businesses early in my career that didn’t work out. Realizing that something you worked really hard on wasn’t succeeding and trying to recover from that was a huge challenge. Fortunately, I learned from others that failures can actually be good things and what’s most important is how we respond to them. I made the decision to not let such events define my future. I was fortunate to have some great mentors who helped me get through some of these tough times.


What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

I wish I had learned earlier about the power of vision-setting and writing things down. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I learned to write out a detailed, descriptive vision for my future and to set and write down specific goals on an annual and quarterly basis. That alone changed the trajectory of my life. In retrospect, the vision I cast and almost all the goals I wrote down have come true for me. Once we write things down in specifics, our mind seemingly attaches to these, and subconsciously works to move us towards these goals.

Also, I wish I had realized that even the most successful people in the world deal with self-doubt at times and often endure very challenging journeys on their way to “success.” I always thought successful people just had it all together and that I was the only one who had periodic struggles with self-doubt. Now, of course, I realize that all of us battle negative thoughts at times and it’s completely normal. Both of these concepts are covered in detail in my book. In fact, the first chapter is “Win the Battle in Your Head,” and focuses on the importance of building a positive mindset.


Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

I’ve always loved learning about some of the great entrepreneurs and innovators. People like Howard Schulz at Starbucks, Steve Jobs at Apple, Walt Disney, etc. I’ve also admired many of the iconic sports coaches, like John Wooden at UCLA and Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

Mark Twain once said, “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. But, the really great make you believe that you, too, can become great.” I love that quote because it shows what the power of great mentors and influencers can be.

Certainly, my parents were a huge influence on me in different but equally important ways. My Dad fueled my interest in entrepreneurship by loaning me the money to start my first two businesses in high school and college: a lawn mowing business and a blacktop sealing business.

Also, I did a semester-long internship for a gentleman named David Morehead when I was in college. He was a successful entrepreneur and provided great opportunities for me to learn about leading a business, but he also encouraged me to think bigger about my future. In one of our conversations, he encouraged me to try to get into Harvard Business School. At the time, I wasn’t even considering business school and never even dreamed of getting into a school of that caliber. But, that one conversation changed my perspective, helped me create new goals, and made me shoot higher. And, sure enough, four years later, I applied and was admitted. Certainly, that conversation changed my future dramatically.


What do you see as your greatest success in life?

I’m proudest that I’ve been able to be successful in more than just my career. I have a great family. My wife, Jess, and I have been happily married for over 30 years. We have four kids, Jack, Grace, Pierce, and Ben, who are each pursuing their own dreams.  I’m a firm believer that success in only one area of life doesn’t mean much if other areas are unhealthy.

I’m also proud of the number of people who I’ve mentored or led over the years and the amazing successes many of them have become.


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Meet Serial Entrepreneur Brandon Hensinger: The Renaissance Man of Our Generation

Leonardo Da Vinci is a known artist who embodies the ideals of a renaissance man during his time. He was an expert in every facet, be it in painting, music, or invention. Indeed, he has set a high bar for anyone who wants to encapsulate what it means to be a renaissance man. However, in this generation, we don’t have to look so far. In fact, Brandon Hensinger is a perfect example of the one we might call a modern-day Renaissance man.  He has devoted his energy and time to accomplishing groundbreaking projects that helped society for most of his life. He has been at the forefront of many innovative and life-changing technologies in the reproductive health and genetic industry. He majored in outdoor leadership and has built his education in genetics and the business world.

Today, Brandon Hensinger is a prominent quad-lingual, adventure athlete, business growth specialist, and published entrepreneur. He is also the founder of Avrio Genetics, a company established to provide fertility testing solutions in over 20 countries. His healthcare expertise has also paved the way to creating his pandemic division of Avrio Genetics, Bio Testing Supplies and Bio Testing Labs. Surrounded by a competent team, Brandon launched multiple COVID-19 and viral testing products aimed to help the world return to normal. His company not only quickly pivoted and thrived in the face of a global pandemic but even helped create testing products for COVID-19.

Brandon has built his career based on the principle that life and business should be an adventure. Now, he sets a new path for himself to help people become highly productive and successful while living the life they dream of since it has always been a passion for him to share his success with other people. Brandon wants to impart knowledge in achieving success through the lens of his own adventures and experiences. That is why he decided to launch his own coaching brand to help develop and coach future entrepreneurial leaders. 

Like how he has built his international companies from scratch and out of a passion for improving the healthcare industry, Brandon’s personal coaching brand is also born out of the same foundation. This time he wants aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders like him to reach their highest potential through his brand. He wants to give the right solutions so they can finally establish the businesses they ever dreamed of. 

Currently, Brandon Hensinger is about to release his new book titled Stand on The Summit: Reaching the Peak in Life and Business, Through the Lens of a Lifetime Climber and Entrepreneur. His book encourages a spirit of adventure to one’s business.  To do so, one must commit to change the conventional and deep-seated ways of running a business. Moreover, he even has several free ebooks on his website to guide business leaders who continuously seek opportunities. 

Brandon Hensinger’s charisma and endless curiosity have fueled him to chase his entrepreneurial dreams. Get more tips on building your business by following him on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Be sure to join to listen to his podcast and join his growing community.

Juliet Ramos Is Empowering Women Everywhere Through BrokenGirls Unchained

Everybody loves a good comeback story. Rooting for someone’s success after immense bouts of failure gives us a sense of accomplishment and happiness for others. It’s a good way of supporting others, building a community where others can build a support system, and empower each other. Juliet Ramos stands at the forefront of providing an avenue for empowering women through her blog and podcast, BrokenGirl Unchained.

Ultimately, she wants women to bounce back from neglect and abuse. Juliet Ramos herself understands what it’s like to be in the predicament. She uses her story as an inspiration for others. 

She is a 38-year-old single mother from Modesto, California, who got divorced from her husband, and her family no longer supports her and her children. 

Juliet Ramos attributes the bad decisions of her birth mother and her ex-husband toward sealing her fate. Through all the betrayal and the hardships that she faced, she found a profound strength that she never knew she ever had. She had a fire in her eyes that just couldn’t be snuffed out.

BrokenGirl Unchained began as a gift from Juliet’s co-host, engineer, and editor.

She pours her heart and soul into the website and blog, eventually establishing a podcast along with it. The BrokenGirl Unchained podcast allows Juliet Ramos to share her painful experiences in another light, from different perspectives. 

Juliet Ramos wants her genuine and honest opinions to fully connect with women who have been through the same experiences that she’s been through. Her podcast covers a variety of topics ranging from marriage, divorce, men, family, heartbreak, love, sex, dating, parenthood, fitness, health, grief, and many more. 

The podcast is unchained, unfiltered, and delivered in true BrokenGirls fashion. Juliet Ramos stands unabashed and is not afraid to open up to the world about her experiences. Through her courage to speak up, she has managed to inspire many women all over the world. She’s had multiple testimonials from various women, citing that their lives have changed for the better after listening to her podcast.


Annette, who’s an avid listener of the podcast, has expressed that she can relate to each story, and listening to the podcast has transformed her into a stronger person. It’s from these stories and testimonials that Juliet Ramos thoroughly proves that what she’s doing is being heard by women everywhere. 

It’s undeniable that women everywhere are becoming victims of abuse, be it sexual abuse or domestic abuse. There is a clear gender bias that is prevalent in our society, and Juliet Ramos

 Juliet with Marissa from  Episode 3 “Matilda‘s Project” at The Women’s Empowerment Launch Party, Sponsored by Palladium Nightclub, Modesto California. Photo Taken by Mike Bryan 


It’s undeniable that women everywhere are becoming victims of abuse, be it sexual abuse or domestic abuse. There is a clear gender bias that is prevalent in our society, and Juliet Ramos wants to empower women so that they can overcome all these challenges and fix the broken system we have today 

.Through BrokenGirl Unchained, Juliet has been given a platform to invite guests such as experts, professionals, celebrities, and everyday people who come to the podcast and share their own stories of healing and success despite all the odds. The website and podcast hands women the tools and resources to make their mark on the world.

The podcast is a testament to the power of women. Once they find a community that supports each and every one of them, they can become a force to be reckoned with. The show is all-inclusive, and it makes sure to shed light on some of the most sensitive topics regarding women’s abuse. It puts a spotlight on people from different walks of life, people with different backgrounds and races. Juliet Ramos is doing phenomenal work by helping others, and she hopes to grow her brand so she can help even more people as the years go by.

Find out more about BrokenGirl Unchained by visiting Juliet’s website. Check out Spotify, iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, and Pandora to listen to the podcast and follow her Instagram account for more live updates.

Coach Mike Souza: A Love Affair With Basketball

Coach Michael “Mike” Souza, born in Staten Island, New York, is currently living in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he has created a career in basketball training. Working with ESPN Top 100 players, Collegiate, and NBA Pro players, he has made a significant stamp on the basketball market.

Coach Mike has always had a strong affinity and patience for helping people figure out and work through their problems. He also has what he has termed “an everlasting love” for basketball; for him, the courts were a home away from home and a place to escape. It would become a defining moment for him when he realized that these two things he was so passionate about could be combined into a career.

Coach Mike has worked with basketball players of all ages and levels. From John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks to Ersan Ilyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks, Scottie Barnes – who is a projected lottery pick of Florida State University – to Jahcobi Neath of Wake Forest University. He has also worked with Alonzo Gee, a longtime NBA player, and Nicky Jam, an icon in the reggaeton industry and a Puerto Rican musician.

With a wealth of experience from being a former High school Coach and a Player Development Coach at the college level – Mike knows what it takes to play at the next level. A significant part of his success is his proven ability to make players’ workouts translate directly into the game. He is known for his ability to study each player and accommodate their needs while building impactful relationships that last beyond the basketball court.

“Seeing players get results after working with me just gave me confidence and fuelled my drive to get better at my craft as a player development coach,” Coach Mike says.

Like most people, Mike felt the impact of the COVID19 pandemic as things slowed down and gyms were forced to close. Basketball is a physical sport, and practically, there is only so much that can be achieved virtually. Nevertheless, he continued giving value whenever possible – on virtual and social media platforms, he regularly shared his knowledge and love for the game, inspiring fans and players alike. By July, he finally returned to the court with his players to resume their training and careers.

Coach Mike is a dedicated trainer with a formidable skill set and extensive study of basketball. He considers it his mission to help others achieve their dreams, conquering what they set out to do—encouraging the development of a strong moral character and the commitment level necessary for his athletes to make it to a championship level of success. Mike understands each athlete’s needs and helps guide them along the path of success. Despite what he has achieved, he does not plan on quitting anytime soon. He sees himself working with players at the highest level during the offseason for years to come – helping anyone dedicated to honing their craft to perfection.

“Although playing professionally was not in the cards for me, my love for the sport has never died. I am beyond confident this is the career I was meant to pursue,” he shares.

He remains a highly sought out Skills Coach in the U.S and a private Player Development Coach for multiple NBA and International Pro players.

Learn more about Mike Souza by visiting his website.

K. Maldonado Shows Freedom Induces Courage in Hitting Goals

“It’s easy to fear failure, but much harder to keep faith that everything will fall through how it should.To me, fear is a choice. You always have two options: faith or fear. I choose faith because knowing that my life has so much purpose means I can never go wrong, and allows me to face my fears head on.” These wise words are from Kareesha Carter Maldonado, also known as K. Maldonado, a multi-faceted wife, mother, and girl boss taking multiple industries by the storm. 

They say that courage is not the absence of fear but acknowledging fear and still doing it anyway. K. Maldonado’s experiences can be compared to how diamonds are made, with extreme pressure. Growing up, she witnessed her mom being sent to jail at a young age, which led her to live a life raised by her grandmother. A few years later, she decided to move out and get that freedom she longed for. So, at the age of 17, she started to make a living for herself. 

With her well being and freedom as significant drivers for her to be the best in her work, K. Maldonado explored multiple industries and held on to her dream of becoming a lady boss. With her wit, perseverance, and positive mindset, she established her own business in the beauty industry, specifically in hair products. 

Aside from managing her own company, she knew that everyone needs to see the reality of starting a business: it is not as easy as it seems. With all these articles and posts on social media about getting rich fast schemes and other people promising instant success within an unrealistic time frame, people need to know the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of being an entrepreneur. 

  1. Maldonado harnesses her experiences and struggles before she was able to make $100,000 monthly despite this pandemic in her speeches, coaching sessions, and hosting a podcast. Lady Boss is the podcast wherein she imparts nuggets of wisdom on how one can be successful in any field of choice. 

One of the main points she puts in the spotlight is starting, taking the first step forward. According to K. Maldonado, it is the most challenging move to make as it needs a healthy mindset. However, the journey doesn’t stop there. One must keep nourishing that mindset, learning and growing, with every experience and lessons packed in it, to get to a particular goal. 

By applying the lessons, she teaches and shares, K. Maldonado is one of the people who turned this pandemic into a profit. As a living testament to all her teachings, she continues to bloom like a magnolia in may and expands her reach like grassroots. 

Indeed, this lady boss is not stopping from making her dreams into a reality and helping others simultaneously. Making others feel good about themselves motivates K. Maldonado to be her better self each day. Hence, she continuously works on new products and projects. Next year, she plans to release an eBook to widen her audience to help more. 

Head on to Beauty Boss Boot Camp Online to get inspired by K. Maldonado and her career endeavors. 


Crystal Varellas Takes on Promoting Physical Fitness and Transforming Bodies

Being fit can be challenging in a world filled with a plethora of reasons for gluttony and a sedentary lifestyle. For some individuals, it can be unnecessary. However, Crystal Varellas chooses to disagree on that part. She wants to change how people and society view fitness. Physical fitness is not a word related to individuals obsessed with how they look and other signs of vanity. Instead, fitness is a state of health and well-being.

Crystal Varellas has been in the fitness industry for 13 years. When she was 23 years old, she took the chance to open up her fitness facility, but unfortunate circumstances made her decide to close it at age 26. Owning over 30 different licenses and certificates, Crystal Varellas’ take on physical fitness is indeed a serious matter. Most of these certificates include experiences in food and nutrition too. Physical fitness is a combination of what people eat, how much people exercise, and what people feed to their inner aspects.

When Crystal was in her early 20s, she traveled to different parts of the East Coast, as a Bokwa Education Specialist. She did all these travels to train and certify Bokwa instructors. Crystal has also trained clients of all ages and worked in different fitness facilities to improve her experience and share her expertise. 

Currently, Crystal Varellas leaped faith and found the reason to go through every setback that might be thrown at her. She now owns and operates an online coaching business. She transforms her clients’ lives and molds them to reach their fitness goals with additional learnings about proper nutrition, mental coaching, and empowerment tips. 

All her experiences, good and bad, led her to pursue taking control of her dreams, and that is to become an excellent example for many fitness enthusiasts out there. When her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she took it as the motivation and an opportunity to empower the individuals who need a constant reminder to love their bodies and practice a healthy lifestyle. 

Crystal has started with coaching programs that promote a total transformation. She calls this program “totALL Transform.” It focuses on physical fitness, wholesome nutritional wellness, and mental wellness. These three factors are prerequisites to achieving a total transformation for any individual. What makes her program exemplary is the fact that it does not focus on only one goal. Instead, it aims to achieve the optimal functioning that any individual deserves in their lifetime.

The amount of drive, accountability, and education Crystal is providing for her participants is unmatched. She pours every second of her experience throughout those years and all her sweat and hard work so she can be remembered as someone who made a significant impact on those she chose to help. She wants to tell the world nothing feels better than waking up in the morning and doing the right things to benefit every aspect of your body.

Physical fitness might be mostly overlooked and undermined, but Crystal’s goal of being the change that needs to be acted upon is slowly changing how society views fitness and nutrition. She does not want people to be determined by their weight. She wants to tell them that there will always be ways to act on it if they do not like something. Crystal also wants people to love their bodies and accept them while taking care of them. Growing up overweight, she was filled with all the negative things she could think about herself. She does not want anybody to experience what she has gone through, which motivated her to start this coaching program.

To know more about Crystal Varellas and her take on promoting physical fitness, you may visit her Instagram.