Ross Butler has worked with All Access since the very beginning. Ross was born and bred in New Plymouth, on the North Island of New Zealand before moving over to the Gold Coast, Queensland. His father had an earth moving business before becoming a developer, so Ross spent his childhood on small farms around the outskirts of town. His parents then moved to Australia where his father bought a small scaffolding business at the beginning of the building boom on the Gold Coast. This is where Ross honed his skills before joining the Dire Straits Money or Nothing tour in 1983, building their outdoor stages. In those days, the outdoor stages were all scaffolding, which took 30 to 40 men several days to erect and dismantle. After the tour, Ross continued to work for World Stages in Australia in the summer and then ventured over the to USA to work for Brown United, building outdoor stages for them. Ross also worked at Showgroup when it was located in Compton.
His favorite show was the 3 Tenors in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, which was arguably his biggest stage-build ever, but he was a little star-struck as he watched droves of celebrities pour into the stadium. He even had a chat with Henry Kissinger that night.
Ross' favorite memory was while working with All Access in the Bahamas at the Atlantis resort. He installed a stage for the opening of a new section of the resort, which was half in a pool and half on the ground with a long thrust out of the pool. While the stage was cool, Ross' favorite part of of the trip was looking out of his hotel window and seeing three or four 10-foot bull sharks cruising around the resort's pool enclosures!
In his free time, Ross loves motorsports -- on or off road, two wheels or four. He is a proud supporter of the mighty All Blacks (always has been and always will be) as well as the Gold Coast Titans.
"Living the Dream... But it's not my dream..."