Mike Ross is the Owner of Ross Accounting and CEO of Mike Ross Entertainment, Inc. He is a graduate of Fresno State University, where he played college basketball under the tutelage of Jerry Tarkanian. While playing basketball for the Bulldogs, Fresno State was ranked as high as #12 in the Associated Press in 1997 and 1998. Upon completing his B.S., Ross then attended law school at San Joaquin College of Law. Following his second year of law school, he returned home to Bakersfield to assist his father in the family accounting practice. Ross has worked in accounting for over 15 years and is now the owner of Ross Accounting, a firm his father started 40 years ago. Ross also owns and operates two other businesses as well as manages the day to day operations of Ross Accounting. Ross’ Christmas Trees was started 12 years ago originally as a retail Christmas tree lot and was expanded with a 20-acre Christmas tree farm in Chehalis, Washington. Every Thanksgiving, Ross and his wife, Jessica, bring Christmas trees from their farm and with the help of their six children and other family members, they sell trees and provide a festive, family atmosphere for the residents of the community to enjoy. Mike Ross Entertainment Inc. (MREI) was formed with the vision of bringing family entertainment to Bakersfield. Ross’ Christmas Trees incorporated a 45-foot high snow hill and outdoor ice rink 8 years ago with the intention of bringing an interactive light show to the experience. Ross and Mike Wilbur, owner of Talladega Frights, teamed up through MREI to present “Bakersfield Christmas Town” in 2013. Talladega Frights, a Halloween event now in its 7th year, has had a steady stream of over 35,000 people attend every year. Christmas Town in its first year had almost 40,000 people in attendance with over 2 million lights on display and expects even larger attendance next year. These two events average over 2,000 people per day and are expanding to reach an even larger population.