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Transcript of Rush Trucking
JVS Strictly Business 2012. Youtube website. 2012. 7 November 2012.
Logo of Rush Trucking. Minority Business Roundtable. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Nov. 2012. <http://www.mbrt.net/board/andra-rush.html>.
Metro Detroit Women Mean Business. Youtube website. 2012. 7 November 2012.
Photo of Andra Rush. Minority Business Roundtable. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2012. <http://www.mbrt.net/board/andra-rush.html>.
Rush, Andra. Andra Rush – Detroit Manufacturing Systems. Youtube website. 2012. 7 November 2012. http://www.mbrt.net/board/andra-rush.html Stephanie Damgaard http://www.mbrt.net/board/andra-rush.html CEO of Rush Trucking -Built her business from the ground up
Is a minority business women of Native American Heritage
Established a literacy program called “The Readers Edge”
Member of several volunteer organizations
President of The Native American Business Alliance
Serves on the Board of Directors of:
The Michigan Minority Business Development Council
The Minority Enterprise/Business Development Agency
The Minority Business Roundtable Andra Rush By Stephanie Damgaard, Michael Mollenkopf, Jessica Diaz, and George Melnick Stephanie Damgaard Her Background’s Role
Being Native American may have instilled a more community focused outlook with a concern for people’s treatment and
Her Mohawk heritage was ever prevalent and guided her decisions.
Her company’s logo consists of a war staff with six feathers signifying the Six Nations of the Iroquois.
She was well supported in her endeavors by her family and friends. Influence’s on Andra’s Leadership Approach Stephanie Damgaard
Authentic and Servant Leadership
Very hands on and involved
Focuses on providing job opportunities for women and minorities.
Cares for her employees and provides educational and developmental programs for them. Andra’s Leadership Approach
Framing, building social capital and mobilization to achieve objectives.
Rallying people together against other entities to ensure fair treatment of her Native people. Stephanie Damgaard Andra's Leadership Approach As President of Native American Business Alliance As CEO of Rush Trucking Excelling in
Community Leadership Andra Rush participates in many fund raising / networking events that have not only benefited her business ventures, but also helped raise money for communities and organizations. George Melnick Giving Back to the Community Andra Rush’s presence on numerous business boards in the State of Michigan has presented her with opportunities to give back to the community.
Being a strong believer that America’s economic recovery will no doubt be based on its manufacturing abilities, she has ventured the creation of a manufacturing company in partnership with Ford Motor Company and Faurecia, a France-based supplier.
The new company’s name is Detroit Manufacturing Systems and will create more than 500 jobs in the Detroit community. George Melnick Andra Rush - Giving Back to the Community Fund-Raising & Networking Encouraging Others A community role model for minorities, she shares her experiences when given the opportunity, to encourage others that they too can be successful. Community Role Model Andra’s grandmother grew up on a Native American Reservation in Canada and her dream has been to help under-served communities, especially Detroit where her success in business started. Never Forgetting Her Past
The people of Detroit need jobs, and Andra’s leadership and influence are making that happen. Reaching for the Future S.Damgaard Stephanie Damgaard By George Melnick By George Melnick By George Melnick By George Melnick By George Melnick
Andra takes a big risk when she first learns about the trucking industry.
Borrows money and purchases a few trucks which starts the learning approach because she had no prior experience.
Shows personal drive by taking on a new endeavor never thinking about failure. Background Picture http://wikitravel.org/upload/shared//thumb/7/7f/Detroit_districts_map.png/410px-Detroit_districts_map.png General Competences By Mike Mollenkopf Learning Approach and Personal Drive
Great listening skills when it comes to customers.
Always striving to exceed the customers needs.
Great example of renting a barge to meet a deadline when the roads were closed to trucks in the wake of 9/11. General Competences By Mike Mollenkopf Customer Focus and Think Strategically
Andra starts with a total of three trucks and over the years she was able to turn that into over 1,700 trucks today.
In order to build from 3 to 1,700 trucks Andra would need to have the competency to build a base of employees and drivers which would take an extreme level of organization and planning skills. General Competences By Mike Mollenkopf Building Talent Base and Planning and Organizing
By riding with her drivers from time to time she has been able to open the door to open communication which is impressive considering the size of her company.
Andra has been able to build a successful company for a variety of reasons and having all of these general competences helps explain her drive for greatness. General Competences By Mike Mollenkopf Creating Open Communication Leadership Pipeline of Andrea Rush Andrea Rush had no true understanding of the trucking business.
Andrea focused her efforts on emergency shipping within the trucking industry; giving all efforts to grow the company. Andrea Rush quickly became the leader needed to grow this company.
experience running all aspects of the company: answering phones, maintaining financial records and deploying resources/capital needed to complete orders.
Andrea used her gained knowledge to delegate work among employees and different functions of the company.
She closely communicated with employees/departments; providing on hands training and coaching. Actively leading her company in the right direction.
using her contacts within the business development world to continue expansion and improvement.
Internal and external improvements. Individual contributor
Start Point Functional Leader Enterprise Leader Continued Success Jessica Diaz Maintaining the companies success and developing ways to improve the company.
Not only being active with in her external professional relationships but within her company as well.
Maintaining the cultural environment that Andrea worked so hard to establish. "The willingness to listen, to understand first and act directly and honestly with integrity is a lesson and code of conduct my elders have bequeathed to me."(Leadership; Enhancing the lessons of experience Pg. 271) Right Click on Video to Play Right Click on Video to Play Right Click on Video to Play