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About Us

About Our Firm

Founded in 1969, G. R. RUSH & COMPANY has a long history of providing the highest quality professional accounting services with integrity and expertise. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen. We view every client relationship like a partnership and truly believe that our success is a result of your success.

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, G. R. RUSH & COMPANY is positioned to serve the tri-state region. Our comprehensive range of services, uncompromising attention to detail, deep industry experience, and exceptional staff of professionals assure that every effort will be focused on your continued growth and financial success. Our managers and staff have credentials that include Certified Public Accountants, Certified Financial Analysts, Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Accountancy, and Certified Business Analysts – all committed to providing close, personal attention to our clients.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. G.R. Rush & Company, PLLC is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of the area's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around the area. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose G.R. Rush & Company, PLLC receive competent and timely advice.

Our Team

G. R. (Dick) Rush, CPA Founder and Managing Partner

grush@rushcpa.com (423) 899-5162 ext. 3002 • B.S. in Accounting, University of Chattanooga (now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)
• CPA: Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Tennessee

Founder and Managing Director, Dick Rush coordinates and directs the firm’s diverse business activities. His forty plus years of public accounting experience involving business and tax consultation have given rise to his expertise in the areas of negotiating sales and acquisitions of both small and large businesses, and estate tax planning and administration. Dick worked for eight years in the tax division of a national accounting firm before founding his own company, G. R. Rush & Company. Dick’s business philosophy can be summed up as two fundamental things - the absolute necessity of integrity and the value of the standards that a company embraces. “That’s why at Rush & Company, we set our standards of business well above the norm. We give our clients the same thing we want when we’re the clients – a job well done.”

Robert L. (Bob) White, CPA, CFP©, PFS Partner - Financial Services and Employee Benefits Services

rwhite@rushcpa.com (423) 899-5162 ext. 3007 B.S. in Accounting, Harding University
CFP Professional Education Program, College for Financial Planning

Bob White brings to the firm well rounded experience in public accounting that exceeds three decades of practice. Bob held positions with a national firm and a local firm in Dalton, Georgia prior to joining G. R. Rush & Company in 1977. He works closely with his clients in developing an overall financial strategy. As Director of Employee Benefit Services, Bob provides expertise in the design and administration of employee benefit programs for a variety of clients. His intricately detailed understanding and extensive experience in the areas of plan design, maintenance and administration combine to give him a decided advantage in the art of customizing employee benefit programs to meet the financial goals of the client.

Cathy W. Matthews, CPA Partner - Client Accounting

cmatthews@rushcpa.com (423) 899-5162 ext. 3032 B.S. in Business Administration, Tennessee Wesleyan College
CPA: Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Tennessee

Cathy Matthews joined G. R. Rush and Company in 1982 developing expertise in overseeing the bookkeeping and client accounting functions of the firm. With over twenty-five years of experience in public accounting, she has a strong background in financial reporting, and client accounting. Cathy is best known for the service she provides to her clients in a timely, accurate and reliable manner with a commitment to be involved and in tune to her clients' needs.

G. Larry Barrett, CPA Partner - Tax Services

lbarrett@rushcpa.com (423) 899-5162 ext. 3048 B.S. in Business Management/ Accounting, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
CPA: Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Tennessee and Georgia

Larry Barrett joined G. R. Rush & Company in 2005 after several years of owning and managing his own accounting practice in the North Georgia area. With over thirty years of accounting experience, Larry has a strong background in all areas of accounting including financial reporting for business, governmental and nonprofit organizations, audit and tax planning, compliance and preparation for individuals, business, nonprofits, trusts and estates. His primary interests now include business development and tax management for all clients.

David J. Distefano, CPA, CMA Partner - Financial Reporting

ddistefano@rushcpa.com (423) 899-5162 ext. 3051 B.S. in Accounting, Notre Dame University
CPA: Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Tennessee
CMA: Certified Management Accountant


David DiStefano has worked in the Chattanooga business community for over twenty five years as a Certified Public Accountant in public practice. During that time, he has worked with a large and diverse group of clients in industries such as general manufacturing, trucking, printing, psychological services, metal fabrication, general wholesale, construction, banking, specialty manufacturing, not-for-profit, health and child care, local government, and medical services. David's expertise in audits, reviews and compilations provides clients the constructive solutions for maximizing their company's profitability and efficiency.