Gary Watts is the founder and chief executive officer of Fuse.Cloud. Over the last three decades, Watts has led a number of businesses through periods of significant growth. He founded Fuse.Cloud under the name Broadband Voice in 2006. The company soon gained recognition as one of the fastest growing Voice over IP (VoIP) technology companies in the Southeast. In April 2016, Broadband Voice changed its name to Fuse.Cloud to better reflect the variety of cloud-based products and services the company provides to more than 1,300 business customers in 40 states throughout the country.
For the first decade of his career, Watts established a dedication to hard work and honed his business skills by owning and operating a popular restaurant franchise. Then, in 1995, he started a concert promotion business. This business grew to national recognition and, within its first few years, Watts promoted more than 100 performances nationally while still running the restaurant.
In 1997, Watts began in the sales division for startup technology company Unity Communications, based in Jackson. He was rapidly promoted to VP of sales in 2000. After nearly a decade here, Watts recognized that the next generation of telephony would be rooted in hosted VoIP solutions. This vision for advanced business technology solutions was catalyst for him starting Broadband Voice in 2006.
Watts was selected as one of the Top CEOs of the Year in the state by the Mississippi Business Journal in 2016 and was recognized by MBJ as one of the Top 50 Tech Leaders in 2017. In addition to his business endeavors, Watts also founded Fondren Covered, a nonprofit concert series that benefits various causes throughout the Jackson, Miss., area and world. These concerts have helped raise money for local adoption, prevention of human trafficking in Cambodia, local arts organizations,Young Life and medical bills to support a local family.
Watts is a graduate of McCluer Academy (now Hillcrest Christian School), and he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi College. He currently lives in the Jackson area with Gay, his wife of nearly 30 years. They have one daughter, Olivia.