RANDI SHINDER NAMED ERNST & YOUNG EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR(R) 2007



    
    Beauty Industry Pioneer Earns Top Honours at Gala Event in Toronto

    Accomplishments to be Recognized Further with National Special Citation on
    November 1
    

    OTTAWA, Oct. 23 /CNW/ -- Ottawa-based founder and CEO, Fusion Brands
Inc., Randi Shinder was named Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year
2007, Ontario region at a gala award banquet and ceremony. The national
judging panel will also honour Shinder -- one of only four to receive such
national recognition in 2007 -- with a special citation for Product and
Marketing Excellence at the Canada Entrepreneur Of The Year ceremony in
Toronto on November 1.
    Shinder's Ernst & Young honours place her in the company of a very elite
group of accomplished business leaders; she will be officially inducted into
the Entrepreneur Of The Year Institute on November 15. "It means a great deal
to be recognized among Canada's greatest heads of business," Shinder said.
"This award is also a testament to my incredible team at Fusion Brands Inc.,
the successes we've achieved and all that we plan to accomplish as we continue
to grow."
    Randi Shinder's beauty business has grown significantly since its
inception as a one-person operation in 2003. The company, today known as
Fusion Brands Inc., encompasses three distinct brands: FusionBeauty, CLEAN
Perfume, and Scentology, and boasts a team of 47.
    Every brand Randi Shinder develops meets with continued success. Without
any prior knowledge of the cosmetics industry, Shinder followed her intuition
and desire to enter the ever-growing but competitive marketplace with the
creation of CLEAN Perfume in 2003, which quickly rose to the number-one
selling independent scent. One year later Shinder entered into a partnership
with multi-platinum recording artist Jessica Simpson to create Dessert Beauty.
In addition, four months after launch the brand spawned two successful line
extensions, one for the mass drugstore market and an additional line called
"Sweet Kisses" for Wal-Mart stores.
    Shinder soon identified yet another untapped market: the cosmeceutical
sector, and in the spring of 2005 introduced yet another breakthrough brand,
FusionBeauty, whose premier product LipFusion sold nearly two million units in
its first nine months on the market. In the Spring of 2007 Shinder forged yet
another new category and in collaboration with renowned neuroscientist Dr.
Rachel Herz launched the Scentology functional fragrance line at Target
stores.
    Shinder approaches every brand and product developed first and foremost
as a consumer, and that tactic has proven incredibly successful. By
capitalizing on both her intuition and emerging trends, she has been able to
create products that resonate with the consumer and ultimately foster strong
customer loyalty and sales success. Distribution decisions are strategic --
never safe -- and Shinder constantly pushes the envelope to expand her reach
into new, untapped markets, continuously meeting with incredible response,
brand awareness, and retail sales.
    Though Shinder remains extremely involved in the all aspects of the
business, from development of formulations, to packaging and manufacturing, to
promotions, and beyond, the success of the business has been maintained with
the support of a strong, dedicated staff. Shinder trusts her team of managers
and empowers each and every one of them to follow their instincts. In addition
to ensuring the continued success of her brands and employees -- considered by
Shinder to be the most important asset to the success of her business --
Shinder is committed to fostering growth of the local Ottawa economy and is
dedicated to causes close to her heart in the community.
    Shinder's Entrepreneur Of The Year recognitions mark yet another accolade
for this rising star and her company, whose other honors include Women's Wear
Daily/Beauty Biz "Company Newcomer of the Year," Ottawa Business Journal,
Gowlings, Rogers and Talentlab "Top 40 Under 40," and two consecutive Cosmetic
Executive Women "Beauty Insider's Choice Awards," among others. In addition to
national recognition at Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year ceremony on November
1, Shinder will also be officially inducted into the Entrepreneur Of The Year
Institute at the Institute's International Conference on November 15-18 in
Palm Springs, hosted this year by Jay Leno, Lance Armstrong and Debra
Norville.
    
    About Fusion Brands Inc.
    
    Fusion Brands creates innovative beauty, cosmetics and fragrance products
to provide smart alternatives for the future of beauty. In an industry filled
with clutter, our goal is to simplify and create unique, clever, intelligent
products for the 'in the know' consumer in the prestige and mass markets.
Whether launching a smart scent, fusing science with color, or the latest and
greatest skincare technologies, Fusion Brands will remain an industry leader
and pioneer the way to the new definition of beauty. To learn more about
Fusion Brands Inc., visit www.FusionBrandsInc.com.
    
    About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
    
    The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards honour entrepreneurs who have
demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as risk
taking, company development, innovation and personal commitment to their
businesses and communities.  Submissions are reviewed by an independent
judging panel comprising several notable Canadian business leaders and past
award recipients.
    The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program was founded by Ernst & Young to
celebrate great entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and
extraordinary success in areas such as company development, financial
performance and risk taking. To learn more about the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Awards, visit www.eoy.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Dana Waisberg, +1-212-253-4646, 
DWaisberg@bncpr.com of BNC|Bragman Nyman Cafarelli, for Fusion Brands Inc. Web
Site: http://www.FusionBrandsInc.com

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