Introducing RUSH Founder:
Eduardo Rabel

RUSH Construction founder, Eduardo Rabel, immigrated to America from Cuba when he was just 16 years old, as a part of Operation Pedro Pan. Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the start of his new life in the US. 

 

Rabel says that he was "born twice": First in Havana, Cuba, and later at a refugee camp in Miami, Florida, where he lived for 7 months before moving to a boy's home in Kentucky. He later put himself through college, married his college sweetheart, and ultimately fulfilled what we know of as the American Dream.

 

Before starting RUSH Construction, Rabel spent 15 years working for other general contractors. These experiences inspired him to create a company that would be fun for the employees, and yet able to exceed a client's expectations. Thus, in 1984, RUSH Construction was born.

 

For Ed, the most memorable moment in RUSH's 31-year history is the company's sabbatical in 1996. "This period helped define our corporate culture and vision for the future, including the employee ownership program which will celebrate 15 years on Sept. 7, 2015." RUSH's employee ownership program was designed to add an element of succession to the business model, "a foundation for the next generation."

 

Outside of work (Ed is now semi-retired), he enjoys building "unusual things", whether raised platforms and tree houses, bottle fountains, or elevated planters. With a son, a daughter, and two grandkids in town, Rabel enjoys family get-togethers and entertaining his grandkids. "Some friends believe I make the best mojitos," says Ed. "The kids know I make the best mango milkshakes and root beer floats. My wife handles the healthy foods!"

53 years ago today, RUSH Founder Eduardo Rabel arrived in Matecumbe Florida as part of Operation Pedro Pan. 
Ed lived there from July 17, 1962 to February 5, 1963!  




"One of my great talents has been hiring good people--which has really been the key to RUSH Construction."

-Ed Rabel
Eduardo Rabel's Story: In His Own Words
Ed's Story: In His Own Words
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Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices by  transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.  Last month, RUSH  Construction Inc. sponsored Senior Project Manager Mike Lapinski to serve as a "Guardian Escort" aboard the June 27th, 2015, Space Coast Honor Flight.  

Mike is a veteran himself (1st Gulf War) and his father was a WWII veteran. Tony Carpenter (LINK Contracting) and his father also participated as Guardian Escorts on the same flight, at their own expense.

 

Space Coast Honor Flight's (SCHF) mission is to take World War II and Korean War Veterans to visit their War Memorials in Washington D.C.  This is a unique opportunity to show our gratitude to these Heroes who made it possible for us to enjoy the freedoms we have today. 


View More Photos from the June Honor Flight

 

SCHF is currently looking for veterans to participate in their Honor Flights.

To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit: www.spacecoasthonorflight.org 

"We can't all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap
as they walk by." Will Rogers