Coach. Boss. Dad. Son. Husband. Storyteller. Philanthropist.

There are many words to describe Rush Harding.

But the one that melts his heart is “G Daddy.” That’s his grandfather name that was handed down and shortened from his own father’s moniker who was known as “Granddaddy.”But that was a mouthful for his grandkids. There is nothing better for Rush than a day at the house with kids filling the home with art messes and fort building. He and Linda, his beloved bride since the early 80s, pursue their three children and five grandchildren in deep, meaningful ways.

They do that because that’s what was invested in him. Rush tells it like this: “Linda and I encouraged my parents to move to Little Rock in 1984 after serving the Clarendon School District for four decades. We wanted them to put the same imprint on our children that they had put upon me as a young man.”

Family is everything to Rush Harding.

First Quarter

Church, Family, Sports

His story begins in east Arkansas where Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon was the kickoff of the Harding family’s week. His parents were well respected educators where his father was a coach and then principal of Clarendon High School; his mother a school counselor after years in the classroom. Coach and Mrs. Harding were strict disciplinarians, and young Rush never disappointed them. They instilled public service, humility, and hard work. That is why Rush had perfect attendance both at school and his Sunday school class. In fact, Rush has never missed a day of work for illness nor an entire week of vacation in more than 40 years. He has managed medical procedures and funerals by working around them so he can be back in the office before the markets close. Rush also attained the impressive Eagle Scout designation from the Boy Scouts of America, something only 4% of Scouts achieve. But that’s Rush-always doing what only a handful of people have ever done.

Rush loved all sports but there are fond memories of Little League baseball, and varsity football and basketball. His parents' work ethic is what shaped him though. While his parents, the late Rush “Buddy” Harding, Jr. and Martha Ann Harding, obtained their post-graduate degrees at what is now the University of Central Arkansas, Rush would live with them on campus in Conway, Ark., a town he would provide significant contributions both with his gregarious personality as an undergrad and leader on campus and finally as a real estate developer/investor.

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Half Time

Career Start, Marriage

After his graduation, Rush made the move to Little Rock, the capital city, where he would begin a very successful financial career but also develop a passion for helping others. He met the beautiful Linda Turner, a student at UCA, after he had left the campus. Linda was homecoming queen at North Little Rock Ole Main and cheerleader. He and Linda married, quickly had three children, and Rush was off on a remarkable career. They joined the First United Methodist Church where they are still members today.

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Fourth Quarter

Bank OZK, More Giving, Family Time

Rush’s 4th quarter is just as busy as the first three. He’s the director of investments and strategic opportunities at Bank OZK in Little Rock, Ark. He is doing what he loves, trading bonds and finding opportunities that others might not discern as valuable.

The Hardings giving will continue to center on education and all-things- Methodist. Without the rigor of managerial responsibilities at work, Rush and Linda hope to travel and spend more meaningful time together. They enjoy their five grandchildren and supporting them in all of their endeavors.

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