Mohawk Native American Andra Rush is the founder of Rush Trucking – the largest Native American owned business in the United States.
Rush is a descendant of the Mohawk Tribe from the Six-Nation Reservation, Bay of Quinte Tribe near Branford, Ontario in Canada. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and started her business career as a full time nurse. While working evenings and nights, she pursued an MBA during the day and night. While pursuing her MBA, she accepted an internship at Timely Air Freight where she became interested in the trucking industry.
In 1984, driven by the growth potential of the trucking industry, she founded Rush Trucking with just $5,000 she borrowed from her parents and $10,000 from her credit cards. Today, Rush Trucking is one of the top freight transport and trucking companies in the U.S., transporting goods for Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and Canada. What started as just a three-truck company, has grown to more than 700 tractors, 1,100 trailers, 450 employees/company drivers, and 400 owner-operators.
She was honored in April 2015 by the Michigan Women’s Foundation with its Women Achievement and Courage Award and inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in October 2014 for innovation job created and manufacturing ingenuity.