Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
W.M. “Rusty” Rush has served as President of the Company since 1995 and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 2006. He has overseen all day-to-day operations of the Company since 2001, when he was named the Company’s Chief Operating Officer. W.M. “Rusty” Rush served as Vice President and Executive Vice President of the Company from 1990 until November 1995 when he began his service as President of the Company. W.M. “Rusty” Rush was appointed Chairman of the Board in May 2013.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael J. McRoberts was appointed Chief Operating Officer in July 2016. Mr. McRoberts joined the Company in 2011 and served as Regional Manager for Rush Truck Centers in California until he was appointed Senior Vice President – Dealer Operations in March 2013. Mr. McRoberts served as the Vice President – General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for the Scully Companies, a regional full-service leasing and dedicated contract carriage organization, from 2006 until he joined the Company in 2011. Mr. McRoberts’s background also includes 13 years of experience with other commercial vehicle dealerships serving in various positions including Chief Financial Officer and President. Mr. McRoberts has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern Illinois University.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Steven L. Keller has served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since April 2011. In March 2007, Mr. Keller was promoted to Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company after being intimately involved in the Company’s finance and accounting functions since 1997, with responsibility for financial analysis and planning, business acquisitions, SEC reporting, investor relations and corporate taxes. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Keller, a Certified Public Accountant, worked in the San Antonio office of Ernst & Young LLP and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.
Executive Vice President
Derrek Weaver was appointed Executive Vice President of the Company on March 7, 2017. Mr. Weaver oversees the Company’s legal, human resources, real estate and other strategic initiatives and administrative matters. Mr. Weaver served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company from April 2011 to March 2017. From February 2005 to April 2011, Mr. Weaver held various roles of increasing responsibility in the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Weaver was an associate attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. (now known as Norton Rose Fulbright). Mr. Weaver received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Texas Tech University School of Law.
Senior Vice President, Finance, Insurance and Leasing
Scott Anderson has served as Senior Vice President – Finance, Insurance and Leasing of the Company since 2007. He served as Vice President – Finance and Insurance of the Company from 2005 until his promotion to Senior Vice President – Finance and Insurance in February 2006. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Anderson served as Manager of Continental European Operations for CIT Group from 2004 to 2005 and was Managing Director of European Commercial Finance for Associates Capital Corp from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Anderson has over 35 years of experience in the commercial equipment finance industry.
Senior Vice President, Peterbilt Dealerships
Corey H. Lowe was appointed Senior Vice President – Peterbilt Dealerships in May 2011. Mr. Lowe is responsible for operations of the dealerships in the Company’s Peterbilt Division. Mr. Lowe served as Regional Manager for the Company’s North Texas, Oklahoma and Nashville, Tennessee dealerships from August 2008 until his promotion in May 2011, Regional Manager for the Company’s Oklahoma dealerships from 2006 to 2008 and General Manager of the Company’s Oklahoma City dealership from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Lowe joined the Company in 1998 after he received a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from Abilene Christian University.
Senior Vice President, Navistar Dealerships
Jason T. Wilder has served as Senior Vice President—Navistar Dealerships since May 2019. Mr. Wilder served as the Company’s Regional General Manager of the Georgia Region from 2011 until 2019, and as the Regional General Manager of the Company’s North Carolina operations from 2008 until 2011. Mr. Wilder started with the organization in November 2006 as the General Manager of our Atlanta medium-duty location. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Wilder was the General Manager of Fouts Bros. Truck Center, a medium-duty commercial truck dealership in Smyrna, GA. Mr. Wilder has over 22 years of experience in the commercial truck industry. Mr. Wilder is a graduate of the ATD Academy and received a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and International Trade from Auburn University.
Senior Vice President, Truck Sales and Marketing
James E. Thor has served as Senior Vice President – Retail Sales and Marketing since June 2004. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Thor served for 14 years in various executive positions with Peterbilt Motors Company. In 1996, Mr. Thor was promoted to Director of U.S. Regional Sales of Peterbilt, prior to which he served as Regional Sales Manager and District Sales Manager.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Jody Pollard was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations in March 2017. Mr. Pollard is responsible for strategy and growth of all dealership aftermarket operations including parts, service, collision center and vehicle service technology. Mr. Pollard served as Regional General Manager of the Company’s North Texas and Oklahoma Region from 2011 until his promotion in March 2017. Since 1999, Mr. Pollard has worked for the Company in roles of increasing responsibility, including Body Shop Manager, Service Manager, Regional Outside Sales Manager, Regional Service Manager and General Manager. Mr. Pollard has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership & Development from Texas A&M University.