Fuse 5 Opens New Shop

Fuse 5 announced the opening of a new office in Pittsburgh, Pa., expanding the organization's scope of services and broadening its ability to serve companies in the energy industry.

Meredith Dugas, M.B.A., who has nearly a decade of experience in writing and strategy development and execution, has been hired to lead the new location and will serve as the agency's Vice President of Strategic Services.

"Over the last several years, we've dedicated a tremendous amount of resources to clients in the energy industry, from managing high-profile events to executing nationwide advertising campaigns," said Shari King, owner and CEO of Fuse 5. "Meredith has a strong background in nearly every aspect of marketing and communications, and her leadership skills – combined with her experience in community relations – will add a lot of value to companies both in and out of the energy sector."

"Moving into Pittsburgh is a natural step in the progression of our overall strategy to expand the services we provide to companies with interests in the major U.S. shale plays," said Doug Williams, President of Fuse 5. "With resources both in Houston and Pittsburgh, we are now uniquely positioned to meet virtually any requirement of organizations working in the Marcellus and Utica formations."

Throughout her career, Dugas has worked with a range of companies spanning multiple industries – from oil and gas, healthcare, and legal to wealth management, education, and technology. She has held positions in an agency setting and most recently worked as the Manager of Internal Communications for the renowned Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Campus located in Houston.

In that role, she served as editor of six major publications, three of which were produced monthly. She established, managed and executed communication plans in support of organizational goals and collaborated with executive-level leadership to resolve specific communication challenges, including position eliminations, corporate restructures, and the impact of healthcare reform at the hospital, local, and national levels.

Dugas is a graduate of the University of Houston, earning both a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a Master of Business Administration.