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Rick Rush, President
Rick has been recruiting in the Textile & Apparel Industry since 1994 and has successfully worked with some of the top companies and brands in the industry. In 1999 he was nominated to join the Pinnacle Society, which is the nation’s premier consortium of top recruiters in the direct placement industry and he has continues to be an active member.
In 2003 Rick started Rush & Company, focusing on Textiles and Apparel and has built the business to include a team of 8 recruiting professionals specializing in placing A-Players in the Textile, Apparel, Home Fashions, and Nonwovens Industries.
Prior to this, Rick was a Regional Sales Manager for Premier Industrial Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of industrial products. He was with them for five years, joining right out of college.
Rick graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a BS Degree. He is a RAM and enjoys pulling for the VCU Rams Basketball team.
Other interests are: Kiteboarding, Triathlons, Ultra Running, Trekking, Biking, Fishing, International Travel, spending time with his wife Melissa, and his dogs Sally and Huck.
Melissa Rush, Senior Executive Recruiter
Melissa has enjoyed being a part of the Soft Goods Industry since 1984. Prior to joining Rush & Company she held a number of key positions in the industry. Most recently Melissa was Eastern Regional Manager for Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, where she managed over $200MM in Sales and was awarded the Arnie Spriggs Award in recognition of Excellence in Building Outstanding Long-Term Relationships that Build Growth Profitably and Customer Satisfaction.
Prior to JM, Melissa worked as Director of Marketing for Hunter Douglas Window Fashions and the General Manager of Fine Denier Nylon for Unifi, Inc. She began her career with Milliken & Company holding a number of manufacturing, sales and marketing roles in their NYC and Spartanburg, SC Headquarters.
She holds a B.S. in Textile Technology from the University of Massachusetts as well as an M.S. Degree in Textile Technology from the Institute of Textile Technology in Charlottesville, VA.
Melissa and her husband reside outside Charleston, SC with their 2 dogs, Sally and Huckleberry, and a cat, Walter, who showed up one day and decided to stay. She is an avid runner and volunteer for non-profit Life Chronicles.
Ashley Higginbotham, Senior Executive Recruiter
Ashley has been recruiting since 2004 with Rush & Company. Her passion and specialty is in the Outdoor Industry which includes, apparel, footwear, bags, packs and luggage. Over the past 11 years she has worked with some of the top brands in the industry.
Ashley holds a BBA Degree in Marketing from James Madison University.
Ashley, her husband Mike, 2 children and 2 dogs reside in the gorgeous Charlottesville VA area. She loves running, swimming and cycling. She has just completed the Promise Land 50K trail run and is training for her first Half Ironman!
Kimber McFadden, General Manager, Nonwovens & Industrial Textiles
Kimber joined the Rush & Company recruiting team in 2012 and now directs the Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles division. After a very successful real estate career where she created and managed sales teams for national and custom home builders she has transferred her skill set to the recruiting industry. Connecting satisfied buyers with homebuilders, from entry level to multimillion dollar estates, has transitioned most effectively into finding the right candidates for her clients. She has created a very strong network in a niche market that continues to grow and thrive.
Kimber received a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of South Carolina. Growing up on the coast in South Carolina she loves time spent on or near the water and traveling to wonderful new places!
Kristen Bowser, Senior Executive Recruiter
Kristen has been in the textile and soft and hard goods industry since 1994. Over her career, she has collaborated with a number of top companies in roles ranging from product development and design to sales. In her last position as a Senior Sales and Development Executive with YKK, a global textile trim manufacturer, she managed the western territory and served the apparel, outdoor, safety, uniform, aerospace, government, and healthcare industries. Prior to YKK, Kristen was the Director of Sales and Development for Reliance Industries, leading their US sales and design activities in the automotive OEM sector. She started her career at Milliken & Company as the Principal Designer for the Japanese Automotive Fabric Division.
Kristen holds a B.S. in Textile Design from Philadelphia University and a Master of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. Kristen and her family have settled in Los Angeles after living in Greenville, SC, New York City, and Seattle. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, skiing, and hiking.
Rob Vann, Senior Executive Recruiter
Rob is a 27-year apparel veteran with an extensive background in manufacturing, product development, planning, purchasing/sourcing, and global sales from mass channel to high end/luxury retailers.
Rob’s industry experience includes Intimate Apparel, Hosiery, Shapewear, Sleepwear, Ready to Wear, Activewear, Swimwear, Layering, and Accessories. He has worked in apparel for all ages and genders within the branded, private label, and licensed markets.
Rob graduated from Auburn University and was an active member, and President, of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He is a Master Scuba Diver and an avid boater. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and their two children.
Holli Draughn, Senior Executive Recruiter
Holli has enjoyed being part of the textile industry since 2002. Prior to joining Rush and Company, Holli held a number of leadership positions within the industry. As a luxury sales and marketing executive, Holli has launched new brands, developed new distribution partnerships, and led teams to drive initiatives across channels. Holli’s strength was developing and mentoring team members to reach a higher standard. She is a problem solver and likes to be challenged.
Holli graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Textile and Apparel Management. She remained at NC State to continue her education and earned her Masters in Textile Technology Management. Holli completed her MBA from UNC’s Kenan Flagler School of Business.
She resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband and black lab, Lilly. Holli is an avid exercise enthusiast and teaches multiple exercise classes each day. She is high energy and passionate about the textile industry.
Ms. Sally, CCOF
- Shows up every day – and we know that’s 90% of success
- Reminds the team to step away from the desk every now and again and breath (maybe even throw a ball)
- An outstanding listener
- Always brings a great attitude, a wagging tail, sloppy kisses, and unbounding energy
- And understands the importance of a good afternoon nap
To tongue or not to tongue. That, of course, is the question, posed with no apologies to the late great dog disliker and playwright William Shakespeare. Yes, it’s thought that The Bard of Avon was not that into dogs despite enjoying great comedic success with a dog as a character named Crab in his first play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Things might have been different had he run across Ms. Sally, who could have easily handled a great many roles for him particularly those dealing with rejection as she was twice returned to the shelter from where she was sheltered until she was cast in her current role as a family dog.
Her past credits include some off-Broadway work as a rage-filled troubled youth, playing destructive characters known for ripping things off walls and dismembering TV remotes. Her performances were panned by the critics.
Her big break came when she rediscovered her roots as a mixed Labrador, working in summer stock and regional productions as a Tom Sawyer-like character who spends their day chasing birds, fishing, and swimming in the local Wando River and generally bringing joy to her family and co-workers at Rush & Company.
Picture and Story Credit: The amazing, Vincent Musi, photographer and storyteller extraordinaire: