Fusion Gets It In Inc.

Tahir Hussain took a chance on the tech industry and proved that success can come from unlikely places in even unlikelier times.

CASH INFUSION: Fusion Solutions’ Tahir Hussain (left) is Inc.’s fifth-fastest-growing private company. photography by Kris Hundt

Tahir hussain’s friends thought surely he’d gone crazy. It was 2002, just after the crushing dot-com bust, when Hussain decided he wanted to open a tech-consulting firm. “At first I thought that anyone starting a telecom-focused technical consulting firm right after the bust would face quite a challenge,” says Howard LaMunion, founding partner of The Consulttus Group and a friend of Hussain. “But then I heard his vision for the comeback.”
Hussain, who had spent 8 years at Ericsson and come to know the telecom industry well, was sure those downed tech companies were not out for good. Eventually, he thought, they would come back, and he figured they’d need some help when they did. That’s where Fusion Solutions would come in, providing strategic consulting and staffing services as well as IT and network support for telecom companies.

Despite his optimism, times weren’t easy in the beginning. Employees began leaving, but still Hussain remained confident. “We focused on the right area at the right time and had a lot of patience,” Hussain says now. “I knew I had to have a lot of patience because success doesn’t happen overnight.”

If Hussain took a gamble starting the company, the payout has been huge. Fusion Solutions now employs more than 200 people, and the company’s clientele includes names such as Alcatel-Lucent, MetroPCS, Fortune Wireless, and even Hussain’s former employer, Ericsson. And in September, Hussain hit the jackpot: Just five years after its founding, Fusion Solutions was named the fifth-fastest-growing private company in the world on this year’s Inc. 500 list (see sidebar). It seems his patience has finally paid off. “There have been a lot of times that opportunities have tried to drift us,” Hussain says. “But we stayed the course.”

Fusion Solutions wasn’t the only DFW company to make the Inc. 500. Here is the complete list of locally based finishers:
Rank    Name City
5 Fusion Solutions Addison
15 Credant Technologies Addison
135 The Quest Group Frisco
140 Epic MedStaff Services Dallas
194 Genband  Plano
199 Instinct Marketing Dallas
244 Plexent  Addison
254 Primus Global Services Irving
371 e-Rewards Dallas
378 Antaean Solutions Dallas
387 MedSurge Advances Dallas
410 DS3 Computing Solutions Plano
411 Sun Water Systems Fort Worth
430 Burt & Associates Plano
431 HumCap Dallas
437 Masergy Plano
439 Still Waters Design/Build Group Fort Worth
448 Ristken Software Services Dallas
456 One Technologies Dallas
464 Xenosoft Technologies Frisco

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