We love Tesla. We love Tesla’s mission, the cars and the people. We are proud to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We were fortunate enough to be in the room the very first day Tesla Motors introduced the Roadster to the public. Since delivery of our Roadster in 2009, we have been gathering enthusiastic Tesla owners and fans of Elon’s vision and products to cool places so they can share their love of this special brand. We are passionate about providing an opportunity for the Tesla community to come together and celebrate this amazing product.
RUSH is the visceral reaction, that overwhelming intoxicating RUSH you get when you mash the accelerator of a Tesla. The X represents an expo, excitement, extreme, extraordinary, exceptional, experience, excellence, exploration. With that elation/sensation in mind, we call our Tesla owner and enthusiast expo RUSH X.
RUSH X is TCLA’s annual event, committed to providing unique social events for the Tesla community, club members and beyond.
Renee Swenson, Event Producer
As a Tesla evangelist, Renee wasn’t satisfied being “just” a Tesla owner. She wanted to harness the excitement and passion of a shared vision with other Teslaficionados. So using her dynamic organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as her boundless energy, Renee spearheaded the largest Roadster Tesla club in the country. With the SoCal Greenspeed Club (SCGS, now known as Tesla Club LA), she began planning outings, drives, meet-ups and parties for SoCal Roadster owners and partnered with the Tesla Motors team to help bring the passion and excitement of Tesla to local community events, high schools and green events all over California.
Inspired to do even more, Renee utilized her extensive background in planning events for some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies – and a few celebrities along the way – to create the biggest owner/fan community event for Tesla owners and enthusiast. firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric (VFX) Swenson, Creative Director
As a director, cinematographer and VFX supervisor, Eric has worked in the visual effects industry for over 22 years on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and award-winning commercials. With his background, Eric had the opportunity to write and direct seven PSAs for Plug in America with over two million views on Hulu. Eric is obviously a very creative sort so it was a no-brainer that he slipped into the role of creative mastermind behind the original TESLIVE.
Whether it’s selecting and manipulating screen images, logos and artwork, overlording puzzles and games, coming up with compelling topics, or securing exhibitors or championing guests (such as Leilani Munter), Eric is the one-man creative machine perfectly compliementing his wife, Renee, in their efforts to produce The Ultimate Experience for Tesla Users. email@example.com
Paige Seidel Hutton, Content Director
Paige and her husband, Todd Hutton, LOVE all things Tesla! As the proud owners of Model S Signature #197, in just 26 months they have driven their Model S 59,858 miles… and counting.
Paige is joining RUSH X for an encore to her work as Content Director of TESLIVE. A producer of hundreds of national commercials (yes, you’ve seen them on the Superbowl), Paige has a world of experience at bringing concept to reality.
Paige is looking forward to another foray into bringing top-notch speakers, entertainment, and information to the Tesla fans at RUSH X and making it an experience to grow on. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Fudenburg, Membership Director
Jason Fudenburg is a serious Teslaficianado with two Teslas – a Signature Model S and Roadster 2.0. Jason has been the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Sandbox Technologies Inc. for the past 18 years. He has brought his love of technology and cars together seamlessly as one of the original founders of Tesla Club LA (TCLA) and a RUSH X organizer.
Mike and Julie Vargo, Marketing Content and IT Directors
Mike and Julie are the newest members of the TCLA leadership team. They purchased their Model S in early 2013 and affectionately named him “Elroy” after the genius son from the futuristic cartoon classic, The Jetsons. They immediately fell in love with Tesla’s impressive technology, design and environmental benefits.
Mike is the CTO of an automated expenses and invoicing company. He has loved technology since long before it became mainstream. Julie is the director of marketing for a Wi-Fi company. She has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in entrepreneurship and has worked in telecom marketing for more than 15 years. They reside in Santa Monica with Elroy.
Want to be part of the RUSH X Volunteer Team? Drop us a note at email@example.com to get in on the action.