John Dallas, b. 1943, retired from Ford Motor Company in 1999, after having served in a number of Product Development, Engineering, and Business Planning functions. His area of specialization was emerging overseas markets. At the time of his retirement, he was helping to guide Ford into business in India. His education includes an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as a Company Commander in the U.S. Army in Korea in 1969
He has been a lifelong outdoorsman, starting with teen summers spent boating and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. After moving to Michigan in 1971, he was introduced to grouse hunting, fly fishing and deer hunting at a friend’s cabin on the Manistee near the CCC Bridge. Life has not been the same since! He also developed an interest in bird dogs, and was involved with field trial Springer Spaniels for over 15 years. He switched allegiance to Labradors, and now has a dog that he says is the best he’s ever had – a dog that he imported from Britain. The “Hows and Whys” of that decision can and should be discussed over a glass of your favorite beverage. Ask him sometime.
John is a Life Member of Trout Unlimited, and was a board member of the Paul Young Chapter for eight years, resigning that post to become involved in the Anglers of the Au Sable. His particular interest is promoting and growing the Anglers’ Capital Campaign funds to ensure long-term viability of the organization. He has served as president of the North Branch Association, and is Chairman of the Headwaters Land Conservancy. He is also actively involved with Ducks Unlimited and the Ruffed Grouse Society. He has a cabin on the North Branch, and enjoys fishing and canoeing with his wife, Jane. He has two married daughters, and is enjoying teaching his six grandchildren about all the good things that the Au Sable area has to offer.