Ed Ross

CEO Ed Ross has spent his career leading high-precision American manufacturing companies. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, discharged as a Sergeant E-4, Ed entered industry, managing manufacturing operations for Bell and Howell and other systems manufacturing companies. He established operations for Redfield Riflescope as well as Texas Instruments and Melles Griot. In 1988, after setting up manufacturing in Taiwan for Melles Griot, he recognized the opportunity to bring precision manufacturing back to the United States and founded Ross Optical Industries, now based in El Paso, Texas. Ed has studied the business models of Chinese and Japanese manufacturers extensively, and he’s brought back the technology and efficiencies to his El Paso-based custom precision optics business. Ross Optical Industries has been an ITAR-registered provider to the military for the last seven years.

Ed Ross’s interest in firearms predates his military career and has been passed on to his son Ryan. Ed founded Ross & Zheng Engineering to bring the rifle scope and accessory ideas of his team to market. These innovations will improve performance, reliability, and safety for soldiers, officers, and gun enthusiasts.

Divi Mangadu

Divi Mangadu, Vice President of Operations at Ross Defense Systems, also serves as President of Ross Optical.  Divi, a mechanical engineer and entrepreneurial leader in precision manufacturing, brings systems expertise to Ross Defense Systems operations. He is committed to continual improvement of product design and quality assurance. For over twenty years, Divi has worked with primes and OEMs to reduce supply chain risk and cost while improving product quality.


Steele Jones

Steele has been in public practice since 1976, and founded Jones & Company in 1982. His role in Ross Defense Systems has helped to ensure financial stability and accountability in a high growth start-up.

Steele received his Bachelors degree in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and received his CPA certificate in 1977. Steele has been active in support of the El Paso community. He has at various times served as chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan El Paso, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Posse, and Border Swimming. In addition, he has served on the board of directors for the YMCA of El Paso Foundation and the UTEP Alumni Association, and is currently a member of UTEP’s Development Board. Steele is also an avid horseback rider and sportsman.