Pete grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio as the 3rd of six kids with all the typical hopes, dreams, insecurities and fears of most young people. Beginning in high school, he has started six companies (some of which failed, and all of which provided tremendous learning). Today, he is a veteran leader in the education industry. Over the past 20+ years, he has opened over 120 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 acquired the original Fusion Academy campus in Solana Beach, CA in December, 2008.
Today, Fusion Education Group, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, operates more than 80 Fusion Academies across 18 states and the District of Columbia. 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. Fusion Academy and Fusion Global Academy provide completely individualized programs based on the needs of each student. Almost all classes are taught in a one-to-one environment: one student, one teacher.
Ruppert holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Jessica, have four children; three sons and a daughter, and reside in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.
All net proceeds will be donated to the Fusion Scholarship Foundation