GOP power broker Nate Morris named to Fortune's top 40 under 40
10/09/2014 04:03 PM
Kentucky Republican fundraiser and “power broker”, Nate Morris, the CEO of Rubicon Global, a waste and recycling service firm was named to Fortune’s top 40 “most powerful, influential, important people in business under 40.”
Making Fortune’s list with giants in the tech sector like Mark Zuckerberg is Kentuckian Morris whom Pure Politics highlighted as a possible political contender in the state.
“We just got the news this morning and I feel incredibly grateful. And obviously its a reflection on all the people here in Kentucky that have been impactful in my life from my parents to my teachers, coaches people who have helped me along the way to get to this point,” Morris said in a phone interview with Pure Politics.
Morris, 33, is known behind-the-scenes in Kentucky as a campaign fundraiser who shot to national political prominence at U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s side two-years ago.
Morris traveled with Paul to Israel in January of 2013 where he said the two became fast friends.
“Rand is a buddy of mine,” Morris said. “I feel very blessed to have gotten to know him as he invited me to go to Israel almost two years ago. And I just thought he had really interesting and good ideas.”
Describing Paul as a “breath of fresh air,” Morris said that Kentucky’s junior Senator has gotten passed the questions of viability in the race for the White House.
“Everybody’s talking about Rand and that he’s the one that can reinvent the party he’s the one who can change the direction of the party, and I think the consensus from the establishment and grassroots communities both is that we’ve got to go back and redefine ourselves and redefine our brands — and he’s the only one talking about that,” Morris said.
Largely acting as a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker, Morris gathered campaign cash for President George W. Bush while still in his early 20’s, and represented the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet in China during Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration.
Morris has also been active organizing fundraisers for senior U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in his re-election bid this election cycle.
With his business experience and political connections, Morris says he could see a political future for himself.
“I certainly have learned some things in business that could be helpful and I hope could make a difference and allow others to be able to realize their dreams or do what they want to do — if that’s starting companies or just making a better way for their family, but certainly I’m always open to the idea and I’d be honored to serve Kentucky in some capacity,” Morris said.
Adding that there are “a variety of ways to serve”, Morris said that there is also a lot of trash to clean up.
“Those kind of opportunities kind of select you. You don’t get the luxury of selecting that yourself,” Morris said. “I’ve got a company to run — I think we’re on a very good path and were going to continue to grow with a very strong trajectory over the next few years.”
In addition to helping federal candidates over the next several years, Morris is also opening up his smart phone contacts to help Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for governor in 2015.
“I’m going to do what I can to help Jamie. I think he’s a good guy and I think he’s got good ideas and he brings a lot of that same spirit that makes Rand successful,” Morris said.
“As an entrepreneur I know that Jamie believes that the climate here in Kentucky has to change for business to prosper, that’s something I believe and I think its something he can articulate to the rest of the Commonwealth.”
Morris may be involved in high stakes politics with an eye on political office, but in the garbage industry he finds himself in a land of opportunity.
“I’ll stick to being a garbage man for right now. We’ve got a lot of garbage so there’s a lot of opportunity,” he said.
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