Rushville Republican

February 28, 2014

Rock'n'rollin to the top

By Kate Thurston Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — Rubbing elbows with famous rockers and country artists is just a part of a job description for a former Rushville resident. Andy Wilson doesn’t look at his job as work.

Wilson is now vice-president of the Bohlsen Group in Indianapolis.

“My job is hard work sometimes, but it’s really something I love to do and look forward to doing,” Wilson said.

Wilson was born and raised just outside of Rushville. “I have so many great memories of the town, the people, I got to know everyone while I lived here,” Wilson said. “Some of my best friends are from Rushville. I went to school there all my life and in high school played football and golf. I also was involved in other school activities like plays and a bunch of other things. My father was athletic director at the high school.”

After high school Wilson went to Franklin College and received his bachelors.

“When I was in college there were three of us from Rushville that went to Franklin. While in college, I worked for WFCI radio station which is now an NPR station. Back then, they played alternative music and I was their music director. They played groups like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, just a lot of good early 90’s rock music. I met a lot of people that way and that helped out my career. I have always had a love for music just like everyone else. I remember my sister taking me to my first concert in 1988. We went to the Monsters of Rock Tour where I seen groups like Metallica and some other heavy rock groups. That’s where I really got my first taste for music. My job at the radio station allowed me to interview groups like Collective Soul, Foo Fighters, Everclear and Jewel. It really changed my life.”

Wilson received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising. He started working at the statehouse.

“I worked in the statehouse in the auditor’s office,” Wilson said. “From there I jumped into the concert business and started working for a company called Sunshine Promotions. They were all over the place within Indiana and Kentucky. I worked there and soon was able to watch it evolve over the years. After that I worked at a few other companies and currently I am working for the Bohlsen Group as the vice-president doing mostly marketing and PR.”

Wilson’s job has allowed him to meet and greet with music stars from all over the world.

“I have so many stories I don’t know where to start,” Wilson laughed. “Instead of asking who I have met, I answer with ‘who haven’t I met?’” I have sat down and had lunch with John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin and talked about the old band and once I had Slash from Guns N’ Roses fall asleep in my car as we drove around Indy one night. I have a lot of stories, too many to tell,” he laughed. “I really enjoy meeting so many people, but what I really love about my job is the challenge. It’s what drives me the most. I am very fortunate to have this job and am passionate about it. I like that I get to dapple into different areas. It’s nice to have such a variety.”

Although he may get to wheel-and-deal with the stars we all hear on the radio, Wilson doesn’t forget his roots back in Rushville.

“I always tell people no matter how corny it sounds; don’t forget where you came from. Appreciate it. I come back to Rushville frequently. My dad still lives here and my in-laws are here as well. This is where my wife, Brooke is from. I mean, you can only go so long without having a Pizza King pizza or some French fries from Just Rite,” Wilson laughed. “Rushville is really a great place. My best friends are from here, it is not such a bad place as some people make it out to be. My memories of home are the best; I wouldn’t trade them for anything. I have met a lot of people, but none of that could ever replace what I have back home.”

Wilson and his wife live in Greenfield with their three sons; Sam, Luke and Ben.

Contact: Kate Thurston at 765-932-2222, ext. 105