Pete is the founder and CEO of Fusion Education Group (formerly American Education Group). Launched in 2007, AEG 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 20 non-Fusion schools in order to focus entirely on the national expansion of the Fusion Academy model.
Today, Fusion Education Group, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, operates more than 35 Fusion Academies across CA, NY, NJ, TX, CT, and IL. Each Fusion Academy provides completely individualized programs based on the needs of each student. All classes are taught in a one-to-one environment: one student, one teacher. Fusion Academies offer 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. His experience in education spans 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 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.