Bryan Jakovcic with his brother Michael Jakovcic, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business
Do you seek networking, internship, and job opportunities? Do you dream of being your own boss and wonder how successful entrepreneurs create companies?
If so, we invite you to meet Stillman alumnus entrepreneur Bryan Jakovcic ’09, and tour his company, Fusion Health, in Woodbridge, N.J. in a field trip event on Friday December 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fusion is a rapidly growing technology company with more than 100 employees, and which looks to hire students and new graduates for internships, and full-time jobs.
“This is a terrific opportunity for students to expand their career horizons and to find out how a college startup became a national health software provider,” said Susan Scherreik, director of the Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). The Dec. 9 field trip kicks off a new CIE program in which students will periodically be invited to visit companies of successful Seton Hall University entrepreneurs, she said.
Fusion manages the health records of nearly 1 million inmates daily, the largest vendor of its kind, and has grown rapidly with no outside investments. The venture has been recognized for five consecutive years by INC. magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States and is ranked the state's ninth fastest growing private small company. Fortune magazine named it one of the Best Places to Work in the New York Metro Area and Fusion has also been recognized by Deloitte on its Fast 500 list of fastest-growing technology companies in the United States.
CIE will provide free transportation to and from the event, which includes a tour of the company’s facilities, and lunch with Jakovcic and other top-level Fusionites. Field trip participants will leave from the South Orange campus by van at 9:30 a.m. and will return to campus by 1:30 p.m., Scherreik said.
Jakovcic attributes Fusion’s success to his dynamic employees. “Our fundamental belief is that employee satisfaction is critical to achieving our mission and vision, so we facilitate a supportive team-based atmosphere,” Jakovcic said. He noted that the company’s employee satisfaction surveys are consistently high “because we ensure that employees feel a part of the Fusion family. We have company sports leagues, volunteer events, virtual retreats, on-site cookouts, holiday parties, and more ways for Fusionites to participate and build meaningful connections,” he added.
Brian Sumereau ’21, joined Fusion after graduating from Stillman with a double major in Finance and Information Technology, with certificates in Business Analytics and Market Research. Sumereau, who was also a member of the Gerald P. Buccino Leadership Program, said students tend to overlook opportunities at smaller companies. But a big plus of working at Fusion, Sumereau said, is exposure early in his career to many different departments, including management, analytics, programming, and accounting.
Jakovcic studied finance while a Stillman student and also served as president of the Entrepreneurship Club. He has maintained close ties with his alma mater, and currently is Chair of the CIE Board of Advisors. Last year, Jakovcic was inducted into the Seton Hall University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Additionally, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2020.
Students of all majors are encouraged to attend the field trip event. If you would like to register for the field trip, please email Susan Scherreik. Space is limited.