The Management Team
Every successful business needs a firm foundation. At The Rush Companies, we solidly stand on the pillars of our people. We employ nearly 50 team members who love this business and know it inside and out. We generate energy, opportunity and excitement in our corporate culture and reward teamwork at every level. Most importantly, our clients respect the results-oriented mentality of our team.
The Foundation of Our Success
Gordon Rush, Founder
The true cornerstone of this company is founder, Gordon Rush, who has anchored us for 25 years, and whose leadership is paramount to our success.
Since 1987, Gordon’s experience has spanned all aspects of construction, including land acquisition and development of commercial projects in the Puget Sound Region. He contributes an extensive range of knowledge about site and project feasibility, site development, and value engineering and always employs a hands-on approach to management. His ability to provide creative solutions to difficult design and budgetary issues leads to profitable projects. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western Washington University.
Matt Smith, President
Matt first joined The Rush Companies in 1992 as a field technician, making him a true testament to the endless opportunities Rush can provide to each and every team member. As President, Matt's primary focus is overseeing and managing all current and future real estate developments. Secondarily, he loves to get his hands into many other areas of the business including property acquisition, financing, marketing, leasing and more.
After graduating from Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1997, Matt was a pilot with Alaska Airlines for seven years. During that time he also had his own real estate development and investment business. He re-joined Rush again in 2007, bringing his comprehensive experience to this leadership role.
Chris DeWald, Vice President, Rush Development
As Vice President of Development, Chris is able to use his 30+ years of construction experience in working with architects and engineers to design and permit the next exciting Rush project. Chris works closely with other Team members early on in the concept stage during site acquisition and project development to prepare preliminary proforma budgets and project cost analysis. Chris leads the project through the design development and entitlement process, and then acts as Owner’s Rep during the construction phase of the project, through close out and hand off to Rush Property Management. He received his B.S. in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University.
Devin Page, Vice President, Rush Commercial
Born and raised in Washington, Devin graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's degree in Physiology. As a Construction Manager, Devin has overseen over $150MM in commercial construction work in the Puget Sound Region. Devin is an expert in providing cost estimating, value engineering, and project management services for health care, commercial office, multifamily, retail, education, and hospitality markets. His primary focus has been business development, operational practices, overall regional strategy, project execution, and client relations.
Devin is actively involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs organization, and enjoys participating in industry and community events. Devin lives with his family in Gig Harbor, WA.
Scott Walker, Vice President, Rush Residential
Scott joined our team in 2011 and brings to Rush a variety of relevant experience. After a successful career with Weyerhaeuser Company spanning 18 years, Scott left and went on to manage his own residential construction projects and later managed two other residential building companies. With a degree in Accounting from PLU, he brings to our company a wealth of experience in Real Estate, Sales, and Supplier and Construction Management disciplines. Scott and his team manage all aspects of the Residential Portfolio covering a variety of product types and communities.
Ben Tweet, CCIM, Vice President, Rush Properties – Commercial Operations
Ben compliments the Rush team with over a decade of commercial real estate experience across all phases of development, leasing, investment and management with product experience spanning retail, office and industrial segments. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Ben graduated magna cum laude from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Blake Carbonatto, Vice President, Rush Capital
Born and raised in the Seattle area, Blake graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the Foster Business School. As a commercial real estate mortgage banker, Blake placed over a billion dollars in debt and equity transactions with life insurance companies, banks, CMBS lenders, pension funds, and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. Blake is an expert in construction financing, having originated over a half a billion dollars in loan production for a national bank. He has spent his entire career in commercial real estate finance, with roles including underwriting, business development, asset management, and loan production.
Blake is actively involved with Northshore Young Life as a board member, and busy with industry organizations as member of the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee and Belden Club Steering Committee. Blake lives in Bothell, WA with his wife and three kids.
Deanna Dargan, Marketing Director
A Rush team member since 2014, Deanna graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. As a Marketing professional, Deanna has overseen business development, marketing and communications for high-profile A/E/C firms in Seattle and Tacoma. Deanna’s focus for The Rush Companies is to maximize exposure and return on new market growth for the overarching “Rush” brand and individual Rush companies. She is responsible for all marketing systems and activities for the organization, as well as monitoring business development and corporate social responsibility.
Deanna and her family support the Washington Trails Association and are avid hiker/backpackers, spending most of their free time rambling through the woods of Washington.
Debra Gurr, Controller
Debra officially became the Controller of The Rush Companies in 2010. Prior to that she was a software consultant for over ten years for Rush, where she periodically assisted with accounting software implementations, special projects, and filled in for departing controllers. She comes to us with almost thirty years of accounting experience in various industries. Debra ran her own consulting business for fourteen years, during which time she set up accounting systems for over 100 construction firms in Washington and Alaska and trained accounting personnel at all levels. She has parlayed this experience into running an accounting department of ten employees who process and track the finances of over ninety companies.
Jillian Sullivan, Human Resources Director
Jillian was brought aboard the Rush team in 2013 to build, implement, and maintain a comprehensive, first-in-class human resources program to support our growing family of companies and employees. She started her career in human resources at an international architecture firm headquartered in Bellevue, Washington before moving on to a regional engineering, planning, and environmentally sciences firm with offices throughout the Western United States. Jillian has gained valuable experience throughout her career and has done everything from event planning to strategic planning. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR®).