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Andra M. Rush
President & CEO

 

Andra Rush, a Native American, is the founder (1984) and CEO of Rush Trucking, Inc., Wayne, Michigan. Today, Rush Trucking is the largest Native American – Owned Business (a MBE-Minority Business Enterprise) in the USA. Corporate headquarters are in Wayne. Additional facilities are located in Ontario, Canada, Atlanta, GA., Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL and Saint Louis, MO.

Ms. Rush is a Native American, descendant of the Mohawk Tribe from the Six-Nation Reservation, Bay of Quinte Tribe near Branford, Ontario in Canada. She is the proud mother of three boys; Zack (14), Cheyne (13) and Chance (8).

With her BS in Nursing, Rush began her business career by combining a full time nursing position, working evenings and weekends, with a day and night school program that included pursuing a masters degree in business. As part of her masters program she accepted a summer internship at an air freight company, Timely Air Freight. With mentoring from the owner, Rush became interested in the trucking industry. Convinced of its growth potential, in 1984 she embarked on her entrepreneurial career by founding Rush Trucking.

What started as a three-truck company, funded with $10,000 from Rush’s credit cards and a $5,000 loan from her parents has successfully grown to more than 1,500 tractors, 3,000 trailers, 100 straight trucks and 45 flatbeds with 620 employees and 1,200 owner-operators. Acquisitions, which began in 1997 and 1998, have expanded The Rush Group to include Blazer Truck Lines, Expedited Delivery Service, Raycan Transport (a Canadian carrier) and Rush Distribution Services.

Rush Trucking services many of the Fortune 100 companies throughout the entire North American region. Most recently, The Rush Group has expanded to form a joint venture, Dakkota Integrated Systems LLC., with Intier Automotive, a subsidiary of the Canadian firm Magna International. Dakkota produces interior systems for the General Motors-Lansing-Grand River plant.

Under Andra Rush’s leadership, Rush Trucking has become the largest Native American – Owned Minority Business Enterprise in the USA.

For Fortune 100 companies, Rush Trucking’s services include managing all logistics for inbound and outbound freight, thus freeing companies to concentrate on their core businesses. Rush Trucking also offers Just In Time (JIT) services for the unique needs of its customers.

Rush’s revenues have grown from $600,000 in 1985 to $155 million in 2003.

A significant part of Rush Trucking’s success in based on Ms. Rush’s commitment to tailor the business to driver’s needs. Andra Rush says,

“Because we are very focused on people, we emphasize that our drivers - owner operators are a key part of the team, not just social security numbers in a payroll computer. We see our drivers as out greatest salesmen and out true ambassadors of good will. That’s what they have become and that’s why we have done as well as we have.”

Rush Trucking’s plan for the future is to expand market share in the automotive industry. This expansion will be achieved via three major initiatives:

  • Acquisitions of small transportation companies, or private fleets

  • Joint Ventures with major OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers

  • Time-sensitive premium transportation opportunities that will fuel growth over the next years due to the rapidly growing shipping environment which encourages lean supply/inventory and immediate delivery.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Trucking Association

 

Michigan Transportation Council

2000

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

2002 - Ford Motor Company

Young Entrepreneurs Award For Business Founders

1985 - Younger than age 30 in Michigan

HONORS, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

Minority Enterprise Development (MED)

2002 & 2003 - Co-Chair MED Week Public-Private Sector Committee, 2002 Received a Pioneer Award

Minority Business Roundtable

Vice Chair, Board of Directors - Represents CEOs of major minority-owned businesses

Michigan Minority Business Development Council

Board of Directors, Chair -Transportation Sector for seven years. 2002 – Received Diamond Award

NABA (Native American Business Alliance)

President, Emeritus/Executive Board of Directors

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

National Trustee Midwest Region

Minority Business News Women Who Mean Business

1999 – Honored for supplying Mother Waddles. Perpetual Mission to support the clothing and feeding of Detroit’s needy and homeless

DaimlerChrysler Supplier Council

2000-present

Ford Minority Supplier Program

1998 - Nomination - Hank Aguirre Humanitarian of the Year; Minority Supplier of the Year. 1999 Honored as Entrepreneurial Role Model

General Motors Supplier Diversity Council

2001 - Present

Minnie Miracle Foundation; Founded by Andra Rush and dedicated to her Grandmother, Minnie

Promotes social diversity, personal development and cultural enrichment on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

Honored by Lakeshore Community Church Re-Member Project.

1998 - Honored for humanitarian support after a major Tri-City Storm, providing needed firewood to Pine Ridge Reservation during a harsh winter season

South Eastern Michigan Indians, Inc.

Honored as a major supporter of the Indian community

Michigan Commission of Indian Affairs

Honored by the Michigan Indian Community for her work with Native American Children includes scholarships, career opportunities and summer camp programs

Crain's Detroit Business Salutes Top 25 Minority Entrepreneurs

April 2004 Issue

Fortune 500 - Special Ad Section - Story about Ms. Rush and Rush Trucking

April 2004 Issue

INC Magazine Rush Rolls up Her Sleeves

April 2004 Issue

Education

1982

B.A. Nursing University of Michigan

1983 

Masters Program in Business Administration University of Michigan

1998

Dartmouth Tuck Business School

1999

Dartmouth Tuck Business School Advanced Management

2003

Kellogg School of Management

Rush Trucking is a world-class minority owned transportation group founded in 1984 by Andra M. Rush, a Mohawk Native American. Headquartered in Wayne, Michigan since 1984, Rush is currently an industry leader for cost effective truckload and milk-run transportation for short-haul, long-haul and just-in-time operations. Rush broadly covers North America, Mexico and Canada with an impressive 1700 power units and 3400 trailers on line, providing door to door service for virtually any load. A state-of-the-art satellite vehicle tracking system offers a real-time traffic management tool for customers' critical manufacturing and distribution decisions.

The company holds 48-state General Commodities Authority, ICC Contract Motor Carrier, Canadian Extra Provincial Authority (Ontario and Quebec) and Michigan Intrastate Authority. Rush's continued success and growth is evidenced by our impressive list of clients; Ford Motor, Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Lear Corp., and many Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Rush consists of 5 combined companies.

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