Andra Rush, CEO of Wayne-based Rush Trucking Inc., will be among the guests sitting in Michelle Obama’s viewing box at tonight’s State of the Union Address.
General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra also will be among the two dozen guests of the first lady. Rush and Barra exemplify the themes and ideals that will be laid out in the address, according to The White House Blog.
Rush, a descendant of the Mohawk Tribe from the Six-Nation Reservation, founded Rush Trucking in 1984.
In 2012, she became the leader of the area’s largest woman-owned, minority auto supplier, Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC, a joint venture between Rush and Faurecia SA.
Rush was named one of Crain’s 2012 Newsmakers of the Year, and that year was appointed to the U.S. Manufacturing Council, a committee that advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on manufacturing matters, according to the White House.
Barra, who took over the company earlier this month, is the first female CEO of a major automaker. Also invited to tonight’s address: Brian Hermelin of Detroit Venture Partners, who will be a guest of Rep. Gary Peters.