Andy Rush: IT Guru – Kung-fu Master.
Andy has been in the healthcare field at the CIO / IT Director level for over 10 years. Most recently, he was CIO for Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates in Florence, South Carolina. He is an experienced Systems Administrator, Project Manager as well as an EMR, and Practice Management Administrator. To stay at the top of his field professionally, he has attained numerous certifications, such as: A+, iNet+, Network+, Server+, MCP, MCSA, MCSA + Server Virtualization, CCNA, PMP and others. He continues to sharpen and expand his technical skills regularly.
In addition to expanding his IT knowledge academically, he has also been an IT consultant for over 20 years, working with large companies with thousands of employees, to small businesses in niche markets. His consulting career was a direct offshoot of his experience as a technical training instructor, where he taught over 40 software classes, certification classes by Cisco, Microsoft, and CompTIA, and administrative classes such as Project Management, Web Design, and one of his favorites, Coaching/Mentoring.
Outside of the office, he has been a martial artist and a coach for over 20 years. He trained under a Shaolin monk, eight hours a day, six days a week for almost seven years. He won multiple US Open and USAWKF National titles in Sanshou (full-contact fighting) and Shuai Chaio (wrestling). As a coach, he trained with and trained amateurs, professionals and military/para-military specialists.
For the past eight years, he has also been a staff coach at the Nike: Smoky Mountain Running Camp, and the Head Cross Country and Track Coach at Florence Christian School. He started the running program at FCS from scratch, eventually developing several All-Region and All-State award winners in both cross country and track, including one of his daughters, who set the independent school state record in the mile in 2012. Many of his runners have continued on to compete in national level competitions in both high school, AAU and USATF cross country and track, including Junior Olympics, as well as at national level meets for both the NCAA and NAIA.
Andy and his lovely wife, Becky, have five girls, three of which are still in school.