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Chicago-area truck dealer will lead Rush’s Midwest Region operations

Jason Cannon November 14, 2013

Shelby Howard, Dealer Principal of Chicago International Trucks and Indy Truck Sales, will join Rush Enterprises, Inc. as Regional General Manager.

Howard will report to Rich Ryan, Rush Enterprises’ Senior Vice President – Navistar Dealerships, and oversee the company’s Navistar Division’s Midwest Region operations in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

Howard will assume his new role upon completion of Rush’s previously announced acquisition of the Chicago and Indianapolis-based dealer group in the first quarter of next year.

“We are thrilled to have an experienced business owner, leader and entrepreneur like Shelby join the Rush organization,” says W. M. “Rusty” Rush, Chairman, CEO and President of Rush Enterprises, Inc. “He is very well respected by customers and employees alike and has been a significant contributor and sought-after advisor within the Navistar dealer organization.”

In addition to the pending acquisition, the company recently acquired dealerships in St. Peters and St. Louis, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas; and Champaign, Decatur, Bloomington, Quincy and Springfield, Illinois, making Rush’s newly established Midwest Region the largest in the company’s Navistar Division.

“(The acquisition) will provide us with significant presence in the Midwestern United States, where we had not operated until this year,” Rush says. “Shelby’s experienced leadership in this region will be critical to maintaining continuity and service excellence for customers who operate in this part of the country.”

Howard says he is looking forward to becoming part of the Rush team next year.

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