About The Rush Companies

Proud Member Of Our PNW Community For Over 30 Years

Building an Exceptional Future, Together.

THE RUSH Companies Meet Our Team

WE’VE GOT HISTORY

Since 1987, we have built structures and relationships that last, thanks to a commitment to teamwork and exceeding expectations at every turn.

 

OUR TEAM

 

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It all started in 1987.... Gordon got his start at 19 as a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Using the money he earned from his work as a commercial fisherman, Gordon and Traci built their first home in Tacoma’s North End in the winter of 1985. Rush built it's first for-sale speculative home in 1987, and hired its first superintendent, Ray Wolanzyk, in 1989. Ray was and still is an integral part of the Rush Team today.

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Rush built its first commercial building in 1991 at The Wollochet Business Park in Gig Harbor. In 1992, Rush built two more office buildings. That same year, Rush bought a 28-lot subdivision, the company's first significant residential housing community.

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In 1995, Rush won a national Custom Home Award from Builder Magazine for a Model home in a 30 home community. In 1996 Rush expanded into medical partnership buildings, which began after Rush built a custom home for a local Endodontist and went on to build the doctor’s new office building. Rush’s ability to diversify and capitalize on new market sled us to grow tremendously.

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In the early 2000s, Rush Commercial built the new 80,000 sq. ft. Kinetics building in Tacoma; Rush’s largest commercial building at the time. Around this time, Rush Residential also purchased and developed approximately 150 home sites in Gig Harbor’s Canterwood Community. In 2003, Rush built Gig Harbor’s impressive Park Plaza as a speculative office building, where Rush also moved its headquarters (and 55 employees) to.

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In 2007, Matt Smith rejoined the company. Matt’s first worked for The Rush Companies in 1992 as a field technician while still in high school (Matt also spent summers as a deckhand on Gordon’s fishing boat in Alaska). When Matt returned 15 years later, Rush had over 80 employees and had expanded its commercial division significantly. Matt brought focus and energy to Rush, quickly taking on key leadership roles, and became the President in 2010.

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In 2009 Rush moved into the multi-family market with the acquisition of the 270-unit Treetops homes in Silverdale. In 2010, Rush built our first large-scale multi-family unit, The Pacifica near the Tacoma Mall. To suit the changing market, in 2012 Rush Residential made the transition from custom homes to speculative and production houses. In 2015, Rush completed Proctor Station, a stunning mixed-use project with impressive amenities in Tacoma.

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In 2015, to better manage its own Rush Developed commercial buildings Rush Properties was born. Now managing over 35 commercial spaces with brokerage and facility services Rush Properties works in conjunction with Rush Development & Rush Commercial to serve commercial building owners of all sizes.

Building an Exceptional Future, TOGETHER.

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At Rush, the road to the future – creating communities in the Pacific Northwest where people love to live and work – relies on strong relationships built on trust. We strive to continually strengthen this trust within our team, suppliers, investors, customers, and project partners.

What does it mean to be Building an Exceptional Future, Together?  Every day, members of the Rush team do incredible things to grow a company and communities that we are proud of.  We rely on our full Team to make this happen, and all share the goal is to be exceptional in every aspect of our business.  

It is this team oriented success that enables us to dedicate hundreds of thousands of dollars and volunteer hours towards our philanthropic efforts in our Greater Pacific Northwest community. 

Unlike Any Other Firm

There are few in North America who have internal resources to help support each other. 

As Rush has grown, we have strategically formed additional Companies to support and benefit the others. This is the basis for our Rush Wheel: 

  • Rush Development works from concept to completion to  create spaces that enhance our community and portfolio - awarded with NAIOP multi-family Developments of the year for multiple years running
  • Rush Capital manages investment opportunities for Rush Development and assists other Building Owners manage the financing for their real estate portfolios
  • Rush Commercial Construction is the dedicated Contractor for Rush Development Projects, while also managing a large portfolio of outside construction work
  • Rush Properties manages Rush Developed buildings as well as offers brokerage, facility management upgrades  and property management services to Western Washington
  • Rush Residential builds residential communities based on the foundation that Gordon Rush established the Rush Companies upon  - notably Rush Residential has been named the MBA Builder of The Year two years in a row!
  • Edison 47 is a spin-off division, which manages 20 + years of Rush Development multi-family residential properties

 

2020 Wheel

 

Giving Back Through Rush Gives

Rush is honored to serve its community through its corporate Philanthropy efforts as well as its employee driven "Rush Gives" program. Rush was honored with the Puget Sound Business Journal's "Corporate Champion: Neighborhoods & Communities" philanthropy award in 2019. Which is a humbling reminder of our vision to "Building an Exceptional Future, TOGETHER."

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 

 

Decades of Real Estate Development & Construction

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Meet Our Leaders

Gordon Rush

CEO & Founder

Matt Smith

President

Lee Kilcup

Vice President
Rush Commercial

Chris DeWald

Vice President
Rush Development

Scott Walker

Vice President
Rush Residential

Blake Carbonatto

Vice President
Rush Capital

Danny Kruse

Vice President
Rush Properties

Chris Rawlins

Director of Operations
Rush Commercial

Debra Gurr

Controller

Melina Mwangi

Director of Human Resources

Becky Susan

Director of Marketing