Ross became involved in the Pest Management Industry through his Agricultural Chemical Industry background.
After graduating from Wagga Agricultural College (now Charles Sturt University) in 1958, he firstly focused on farm-use pesticides until he joined Velsicol Chemical Corporation in 1977 as Technical Marketing Manager. His final role with Velsicol was as Regional Director for the South Pacific. Velsicol’s major products were its termiticides, Heptachlor and Chlordane. In 1987, Ross formed his own Company, Agrichemicals Pty Ltd, his major client being Velsicol.
Always a supporter of Professional Trade Associations, he soon became involved with the Australian Pest Control Associations (CAPCA). When CAPCA’s Secretary, Ion Staunton, indicated his wish to step aside from that role, Ross volunteered to try to fill his shoes.
At that time CAPCA, being a body of State Associations, saw a need for a true National Body. At the 1988 US National Pest Control Association Conference in Honolulu, an informal gathering of Australian State Leaders (including two other Life Members, Peter Meadows and Ion Staunton) agreed that a new National Body to be called Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) be formed as soon as possible.
This occurred and Ross’s company, Agrichemicals Pty Ltd. tendered to provide a fully serviced professional office that included a full time Technical Officer, Ian Abraham, as well as secretarial services. This office also produced ten copies of AEPMA’s magazine PESTALK per year. At this time Ross held the title of Executive Officer.
After many rewarding and enjoyable years, in 1996, Ross and his Company retired from AEPMA activities and Ross was shortly afterwards awarded Life Membership, of which he is still very proud.