Ben McCullough

Communicating with young Bluffton alumni in a business class project made Ben McCullough, then a senior, consider something that stayed with him.

"Working on that project helped me realize how much other people had helped me" reach that point, the 2007 graduate says. The recipient of a university academic scholarship, he decided to help those coming behind him as well by giving back to Bluffton.

McCullough, a territory sales representative for Findlay, Ohio-based Hercules Tire & Rubber Co., is now a member of Bluffton's President's Society GOLD Club. GOLD stands for Graduates of the Last Decade, who, if they were in the university's traditional undergraduate program, can join the President's Society with annual gifts of $250—including any employer match—up to their fifth class reunion and of $500 up to their 10th reunion.

Making a gift is easy to do and not a burden if budgeted for, says McCullough, who earned a Bluffton bachelor's degree in business administration, with concentrations in management and marketing.

A Bluffton native and part of a family full of Bluffton alumni, he never toured any other campuses before making his college choice. And he has never regretted that choice, he adds.

McCullough played football all four years, the first three as a fullback and his senior season as a linebacker alongside his brother Sam '08. He was also active in intramural sports and the Business Club throughout his college career, and was in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Investment Club for two years each.

"I knew I wanted to do something in business," he recalls, and for the first four and a half years after graduation, he worked for Sherwin-Williams, moving up to manager of the company's Adrian, Mich., store from August 2008-December 2011.

Looking for "outside sales experience," he says, McCullough moved on to Hercules in January 2012. His sales territory currently covers five counties in southeast Michigan.

He is commuting from Perrysburg, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Megan, an Orrville, Ohio, native he married in July 2013. But he hasn't forgotten Bluffton.

"I really enjoyed my time there and enjoy giving back to others, because I got some help as well," McCullough says. "Every little bit helps."