Mentors Directory

Steve Simmons

Secretary/CFO

I am a longtime Tri-Citian and I love this place. I have been self employed for most of my working life and I am a tireless supporter of entrepreneurs and small business.

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Steve Anderson

President

Steve Anderson has been an active Tri Cities community member for more than 30 years, with leadership roles as, CEO of Meier Architecture and Engineering, Board member of the STEM Foundation and currently as President of the Tri Cities Local Business Association (TCLBA). Steve also served as Board Chair of the Community Economic Revitalization Board in Olympia from 2008 to 2016. I enjoy supporting Fuse and it’s exciting mission.

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Gus Sako

Owner

I was born in Richland and, as a teenager, always planned on escaping. The fact that my business is over 40 years old should tell you something about my planning – escape and otherwise.

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Marty Conger

Chief Financial Offcier (CFO), retired

During 42 years at Battelle/PNNL, with successive positions of increased financial management and leadership responsibility culminating as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), I participated in and developed career building and mentoring programs, gaining a reputation as a developer of talent. I believe talent development is a fundamental responsibility of leadership and I take great pride in…

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Jay Freeman

Financial Advisor

I’ve been in business and finance for over 20 years. As a former CFO, I’ve created corporations, managed banking relationships, managed the financial reporting for multiple interrelated companies and oversaw the information reporting and commuter networks.

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Ken Arneson

Team Member

I very much enjoy helping people succeed. I was fortunate enough to be at the right place at the right time in the early part of my career (a lot of success in business is just plain dumb luck), and I take pleasure in helping to create those windows for others.

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Olivia Berg

Owner/Founder

I started my career in the public sector (mental healthcare) before deciding that the entrepreneur life was the life for me! After a year of traveling extensively (literally living on the road!), I settled back in the Tri-Cities and opened BlankSpace, when I was 25 years old. I also own a marketing firm that produces…

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Laura Hsu

Co-Founder/Customer Experience Architect

I am a digital marketing strategy coach with an emphasis on helping entrepreneurs understand and optimize their customer experience and remove any barriers to rapid growth. My husband and I co-founded Communication Hackers. Our mission is to empower small-business owners with the most effective and efficient ways to reach, and sell to, their ideal customers.…

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Eric Hsu

Co-Founder/Chief Message-Crafter

I am a digital marketing strategy coach with an emphasis on helping entrepreneurs craft the right message to sell their solutions to their customers. My wife and I co-founded Communication Hackers. Our mission is to empower small-business owners with the most effective and efficient ways to reach, and sell to, their ideal customers in the…

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Kris Lapp

CEO

Having been with FUSE from inception, starting multiple start-ups and growing/scaling a tech company, I am well suited to assist in conceptual ideas around a new technology. I operate best when I am conceptualizing strategy, marketing and sales outputs to your ideal clients.

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