CO-Chair Ross McCollum

Ross McCullum

Ross has lived in Arizona for over four decades and has been a Peoria, Arizona resident for the past 15 years.  His parents moved to Scottsdale when he was serving in the Army and Ross followed their footsteps after he was discharged in 1970.

He retired as a Director of Program Management from Honeywell Inc. in 2009 after 36 years of employment.  Most of his career was in Program Management in the Special Projects section of Space hardware.  Ross and his team built large momentum control and pointing devices for a variety of low-earth and geosynchronous satellites.  He graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. Mechanical Engineering in 1977 and earned a M.S. Organizational Management at the University of Phoenix in 1994.

Ross grew up in a non-hunting family in Farmington Michigan, so most of his outdoor education has been self-taught.  Although many of these experiences were valuable lessons in things not to do, his outdoor experiences and friendships are among his most precious memories.  His primary weapon of choice is a Black Widow recurve, but he also likes to experiment with the longbow.  Ross prefer’s to carry a 454 Casul revolver when he hunts with a firearm, but with his  advancing age eyesight and dwindling steadiness, he sees himself reaching for the Remington 257 Roberts more often in the future.

In addition to big-game Ross also enjoys quail hunting with my Montana friend Greg and his dog Lucy when they visit Patagonia every year. He likes to fly fish when the opportunity arises.  Finally, much of his non-outdoor passion is spent preparing for, and competing, with my Shiloh Model 1874 Sharps rifle in BPCR (Black Powder Rifle Cartridge) metallic silhouette matches with the Arizona Sharpshooters.

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