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2011 People to Know

By: GCI Editors
Posted: January 20, 2011, from the January 2011 issue of GCI Magazine.

page 8 of 14

Fusion Packaging

The story of Jonathan Gross and Derek Harvey, co-CEOs of Fusion Packaging, paints the ideal picture of entrepreneurship. Fusion Packaging was born in 2004 out of the pair’s lifelong dream to start their own business.

Longtime friends, dating back to their college days at the University of Arizona, Gross and Harvey had a vision for beauty packaging, and after many years of industry experience and working together, they saw an opportunity to fill what they saw as a void. Stepping out of the box, they took a leap of faith and built Fusion Packaging.

Since launching, Gross and Harvey have led Fusion to double-digit growth and gained industry-wide acclaim—including HBA Global Expo’s 2010 International Package Design award for the re-packaging of RE9 Advanced by Arbonne. Saying even more about the company and what it’s been able to accomplish in less than a decade, many global brands have come to rely on Fusion for their packaging needs.

Success, too, has been facilitated by complementary skills—Gross is strategic with his focus on manufacturing and operations; Harvey has the keen ability to drive sales and marketing. But a customer-centric outlook, dedication to quality, flexibility, and recognizing and acknowledging people assets are the pair’s shared approach that is the company’s foundation for long-term growth.