May 1, 2016, by Anthony Casaus, Assist. Dean-Development, via email
Ross McCallister, owner of Mc Companies with offices in Tucson and Scottsdale, Arizona, spoke to College of Business students and faculty on April 25 and 26, 2016, at the Business Complex and New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center’s Studio G.
McCallister received his high school degree from Hobbs High School in Hobbs, NM, before receiving his Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in management from the College of Business at NMSU.
McCallister has extensive experience spanning thirty years in real estate development and finance.
He has spearheaded development and construction of multi-family communities, and managed condominium conversion projects in excess of $300 million throughout Arizona, Oregon, and Nevada with partner, Ken McElroy. Prior to his partnership with McElroy, he served as President of The McCallister Company.
A licensed real estate broker and general contractor, McCallister has enjoyed a wonderful career in real estate development; however, he recalls hard work has paved the way literally since his transition from NMSU to the workforce. He pounded the streets of Las Cruces with his wife, Patty (who also attended NMSU), dropping him off at street corners so he could leave resumes with prospective employers.
When he was 23 years old, a business interview resulted in a job as President of Sandia Federal Savings and Loan Association in Gallup, NM. Being the youngest president of a savings and loan in the country at that time was the springboard for his experiences as he served in this capacity for eight years as well as on many non-profit boards.
The start of financial deregulation in 1981 culminated in an eventual move to work for a real estate developer in Tucson, Arizona, for two years. Then he and Patty established their business McCallister and Company in 1985. However, owning a business wasn’t a “walk in the park” early on when the savings and loan industry imploded in 1986 with a tax act change affecting deregulation. McCallister and his wife persevered over time using their education and experiences to expand their business and eventually partner with McElroy.
McCallister has served the real estate industry and Tucson community throughout the course of his career. He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arizona Multi-Housing Association, and past Chairman of the Metropolitan Tucson Housing Commission. He has served as a member of the Office of the Governor’s Arizona Housing Finance Authority Board since 2002. Additionally, McCallister has served on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Hydrocephalus Council.