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Matt Rush    

Corporate Speaker

Matt Rush is the 4th generation in his family to be a New Mexico farmer and cattle rancher. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class. Of course, he was only one of 6. He says, “You know you’re from a small town when to be in the top 10% you have to be number one!”

He and his dad partner on a farming and ranching operation and to support his farming habit, Rush travels the country as a professional speaker conducting leadership and motivational seminars. He is also the Executive Vice President of the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau.

He was selected to represent American agriculture in Germany as part of an agricultural exchange program and has been honored as the Students in Free Enterprise Alumnus of the Year. He serves at the request of the Governor on the New Mexico State Fair Commission and on the Natural Lands Protection Committee. He also serves on the American Farm Bureau’s Foundation for Agriculture Board of Directors.

He has won state and national awards for his public speaking and Co-Authored a book on leadership titled, "Why Is No One Following Me?" He has been quoted in Bloomberg Business Weekly, National Public Radio, PBS and ABC News.

Rush is passionate about his values, the future of our children and the American way of life.

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“THERE’S A SNAKE IN MY BUMPER!”

Occasionally in life, there are snakes that are laying in wait to scare you. There may even be people who know they are there but don’t bother telling you. There may even be people who consistently push your buttons! How do you handle them? The reality is that the majority of us are perfectly content to simply do our jobs than to tell anyone who we are and why we do what we do. The sad truth is, in the absence of our voices, those who don’t know us, don’t understand us or don’t like us are redefining who we are. No matter what you do we MUST be Viable, Valuable and Visible to remain successful and avoid the snakes and the button pushers!

“YOU ARE FROM MEXICO?”

Regardless of the industry you exist in, when we tell people what we do we might as well be from a foreign country even though we might live right down the street. They don’t know who we are, where we’re from or why we do what we do. When they do meet one of us they usually look at us with curious bewilderment and ask questions that we feel are as ridiculous as asking a farm boy from New Mexico if he is from Mexico. In these current times, the disconnect between the American supplier and the average American consumer could make the Grand Canyon look like an irrigation ditch. The most important question is where did the disconnect come from and how do we fix it?

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