Andra Rush, Mohawk, founder, CEO and chairperson of Rush Trucking Corporation, will be among a handful of invited individuals seated in the box with First Lady Michelle Obama at the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 28.
In 1984 at the mere age of 23, Rush founded the trucking and freight transportation company Rush Trucking Corpration as a three-truck company, funded with $10,000 from Rush’s credit cards and a $5,000 loan from her parents. The business, headquartered in Wayne, Michigan, has successfully grown to more than 700 tractors, 1,100 trailers, 450 employees/company drivers, and 400 owner-operators—with satelite facilities in Louisville, Kentucky; Buffalo, West Virginia; and Kansas City, Missouri. Over the past decade, The Rush Group has expanded with the aquisitions of Blazer Truck Lines, Expedited Delivery Service, Raycan Transport (a Canadian carrier) and Rush Distribution Services.
Today, according to its website, Rush Trucking is the largest Native American-owned business in the U.S.
In 2012, Rush was appointed to the U.S. Manufacturing Council, which is the principal private-sector advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on manufacturing matters. She was also appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a trustee for Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund.
Rush is a descendant of the Mohawk Tribe from the Six-Nation Reservation, Bay of Quinte Tribe near Branford, Ontario in Canada. Her paternal grandparents lived on the reserve, reported Indianz.com. Rush has a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing (1982) from the University of Michigan, and is the proud mother of three sons; Zack, Cheyne, and Chance.
"The guests who have been invited to sit with the First Lady represent the stories of millions of Americans across the country, who are working hard to better their communities, improve their own economic outcomes and help restore opportunity for all," The White House Blog states.
Watch a YouTube video by Corp! Magazine TV about Andra Rush's efforts to revive Detroit: