Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced today that Vice President of Marketing and Communications Karen Konecny will retire on June 22, 2022.
Konecny joined Rush Enterprises in 2006 as National Marketing Director and was promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Communications in 2010. During her tenure, she developed a clear vision for the Rush Enterprises brand, identifying opportunities to strengthen and align the company’s external and internal marketing and communication efforts, supporting strategic growth in all areas of the company. Prior to joining Rush Enterprises, Konecny spent 11 years with Peterbilt Motors Company as their Communications Director as well as various marketing and communications roles in the automotive and aircraft manufacturing industry.
“Karen was instrumental in positioning us as the premier solutions provider in the commercial vehicle industry, and I know we are much more successful today than we would have been without her,” said W.M. “Rusty” Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Rush Enterprises, Inc. “Karen is a respected marketing and communications leader in our industry, and we were privileged to benefit from her expertise for so many years. I consider Karen a trusted friend, and I wish her all the best as she begins this new phase of her life,” he added.
Gary Willis has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Willis has served as the Director of Marketing for the company since 2013 and has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, including 18 years in the commercial vehicle industry. “Gary’s transformation of our marketing and digital efforts has directly influenced the way our business interacts with customers, and in his new role, he will continue to focus on that transformation to enhance our employee and customer experiences,” said Rush.
About Rush Enterprises, Inc. Rush Enterprises, Inc. is the premier solutions provider to the commercial vehicle industry. The Company owns and operates Rush Truck Centers, the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, with more than 150 locations in 23 states and Ontario, Canada, including 125 franchised dealership locations. These vehicle centers, strategically located in high traffic areas on or near major highways, represent truck and bus manufacturers, including Peterbilt, International, Hino, Isuzu, Ford, IC
Bus and Blue Bird. They offer an integrated approach to meeting customer needs — from sales of new and used vehicles to aftermarket parts, service and body shop operations plus financing, insurance, leasing and rental. Rush Enterprises’ operations also provide CNG fuel systems, telematics products and other vehicle technologies, as well as vehicle up-fitting, chrome accessories and tires.