Paul Gross of London, Ohio, hasn’t forgot his roots in Wisconsin or the FFA. Paul was a member of the Johnson Creek FFA chapter as well as a member of the 1989-90 State Officer team which was led by Amber Vickers, the state’s first female president.
Today, Paul and Kirsten Gross live in central Ohio with their family of four children: Cheney, Reagan, Nixon, and Quincy Adams. They own several thousand acres of land and actively raise beef cattle to keep their kids grounded and develop the solid work ethic that can only come from agriculture.
Paul’s primary profession is off the farm however, where he owns, operates, and manages two highly successful retirement communities and a separate large insurance claim management company.
When asked why he routinely gives to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, Paul explains: “Aside from my parents, I attribute the foundation for my current personal and business success to the lessons, leadership, and values that the FFA taught and instilled in me. There is no institution or university that has the capacity or wherewithal to prepare and influence young adults for life in the same way the Wisconsin FFA does."
He adds: “I personally feel compelled to give back to this remarkable organization that has given me so much."