State Chamber President, CEO Retires

Longtime chamber executive Richard Rush will retire as president and CEO of The State Chamber of Oklahoma effective March 31, to pursue other business projects and to spend time with family.
“Dick has served the State Chamber proudly for more than two decades,” said Phil Kennedy, Lawton businessman and chairman of The State Chamber of Oklahoma. “He is the state’s leading pro-business advocate. We will miss his tireless enthusiasm and look forward to implementing a transition plan to build upon his success.”
Rush joined the State Chamber in 1986 and led several high-profile campaigns, including passage of Right-to-Work, implementation of the civil justice reform law, creation of the Oklahoma Prosperity Project and a financial overhaul of the State Chamber which now operates debt-free. Rush is also credited with saving the Oklahoma business community two billion dollars during his tenure. The State Chamber was the first state chamber in the nation to earn accreditation from the U.S. Chamber, under his guidance.
“We applaud Dick for his financial oversight and mentoring of employees,” said David Rainbolt, incoming State Chamber chairman and Oklahoma City banker. “Under Dick’s leadership, the Chamber has grown to over 2,000 members and is well positioned to influence Oklahoma’s business climate.”
Among his accolades, Rush is most proud of his professional and dedicated staff members. They recently earned the nation’s highest honor from the American Tort Reform Association and the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.
Those who work with Rush say he is highly committed to making Oklahoma the state of choice for business.
“Whether it’s championing tort reform for frivolous lawsuits or educating employers on pending legislation, Dick is a cheerleader for Oklahoma business,” said Steve Turnbo, past chairman of the State Chamber and Tulsa public relations professional.

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