I was born in Washington, DC to my mother Anne, a law student, and my father Jean Fugett an NFL tight end and law student. My parents soon divorced and I grew up in Maryland splitting time between Silver Spring and Baltimore.
I started my first business in 2nd grade. I sold my classmates paper toys during class for 50 cents each which he and I split. While my mother was impressed, she was disappointed to hear on parent teacher night that I was disrupting class. I had a lot of exposure to business growing up. I remember visiting my great aunts shoe store in East Baltimore, touring an ice cream plant in Barcelona when my father was the CEO of Beatrice Foods, and helping my father negotiate to secure a multimillion dollar contract extension for his client with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
I formed my first company, TLC JR, LLC, an Investments and Consulting Firm, in 2007 shortly after earning a M.S. in Project Management from the George Washington University (GW) School of Business and becoming a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Since then I have founded and operated 2 additional companies: Fugett Baseball Group, a private equity firm designed to acquire and manage affiliated Minor League Baseball Teams, Stadiums and related businesses and Good Word Digital (GWD), a consulting firm that I am operating currently. I’ve founded a series of subsidiaries for each of these companies for the purpose of raising capital, acquiring companies and intellectual property, and forming new partnerships.
I’ve advised many start ups, business owners, and entrepreneurs at various stages. I’ve also had many great mentors and friends who have invested time in advising and teaching me. I’ve learned, lived, and experienced a lot and have done my best to learn from it all. I look forward to sharing these lessons and more of my story as it unfolds. The best is yet to come!
Husband & Father.
Serial entrepreneur and 5th generation business owner.
An Open Letter to the President, Trustees, and Faculty of Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Jul 11, 2020 / Read More
20 Years ago, I helped lead a protest as a sophomore student at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. The picture above is the moment I approa...
Aug 28, 2019 / Read More
Entrepreneurship And The Path Of Least Resistance.
Set Goals. Build a team of Mentors, Partners, and Proteges. Get Going!
Nov 29, 2018 / Read More
Social Media, Reputation, and The Currency of Character
A long while back, I had a great conversation with one of my advisors Fields Jackson (@fleejack) who is an expert on Social Media and Cor...
Nov 15, 2018 / Read More
Adjusting My Ambition
For the 11 years I have pursued entrepreneurship, my primary ambition has been to do a deal- acquire an existing business or form a team ...
Nov 01, 2018 / Read More
Congratulations and thank you for your service.
Congratulations and thank you for your service. I look forward to your next chapter. Enjoy the sabbatical!
Sep 01, 2017 / Read More
A serial entrepreneur, project management professional (PMP), and 5th generation business owner, Russell shares insights on business, faith, and life. He’ll also feature guests from a variety of backgrounds who will share their insights and perspectives on leadership, legacy, and love and where these topics intersect with business, our culture, and humanity. After each episode, Russell wants you to Be Encouraged!
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