McCormack picking up the reins

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He left the life of a law man to come to Colorado and help preserve the country’s cowboy heritage.

A former California police officer and candidate for sheriff, Larry McCormack is now the new executive director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy.

His plan to lasso the organization out of its recent financial troubles includes attracting a broader audience to the facility. His innovative ideas include a display starting Sept. 10 called “Iron Pony, Spirit of the West,” which features vintage motorcycles and draws parallels between cowboys and bikers.

McCormack took time recently to tell CSBJ about himself and his business.

How long have you lived in Colorado Springs? Since March.

Education: Background in law enforcement, business management, law and human resources.

A few words about your company: The ProRodeo Hall of Fame has been in operation since 1979. The primary function of the hall of fame is to recognize the top competitors in the sport of rodeo and to teach the history of the American cowboy to the public at large.

Recent accomplishments: Assisted in the planning and implementation of our July 16 ceremonies to induct six people into the hall of fame. Spending restraint and admission fees reduced the cost of the event by $100,000 compared to last year’s ceremonies.

Biggest career break: When PRCA Commissioner Troy Ellerman placed me in charge of the hall of fame

The toughest part of your job: Organizing the massive amount of paperwork that crosses my desk every day.

Someone you admire: My wife, Lori, who gave up an excellent job in California and had enough faith in me to help me live this dream. She is my best friend and a true hero.

About your family: I have four grown children and one grown stepson in California. I also have one step-son stationed at Schreiver Air Force Base. I live here with my wife, mother, and three Jack Russell Terriers – Bobbie, Sparky and Hollie.

Something you’d like to accomplish: The only other thing I wish to accomplish is to turn the hall of fame into a highly respected and admired museum such as the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum in California or the Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City.

How your business will change in the next decade: I see the hall of fame taking over as the lead organization for promoting the Western lifestyle and the cowboy way. I envision this growth in both physical size and public respect.

What book are you currently reading? "Horsing Around a Lot" by Stu Campbell. It is a series of humorous vignettes about the author, who has worked on cattle and dude ranches since the 1960s.

What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs: The only thing I would change about Colorado Springs would be to wave a magic wand and have the Interstate 25 construction completed overnight.