WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF THE JOB?
Getting to be outside, in the great outdoors of the Tennessee mountains. I also really enjoy navigating whitewater and meeting new people along the way.
WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE SHOULD GO ON A RAFTING TRIP?
It is my opinion that white water rafting provides a unique and surreal experience you can’t get any where else. People who enjoy a rush and feel like they are physically able should definitely come out and raft with us.
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOU?
I am a responsible family man who irresponsibly loves video games
WHY WOULD I WANT YOU AS A GUIDE?
I like to cater to my customers needs and wishes. Typically, I run trips with safety in mind, but also enjoy the occasional wild ride.
HOW LONG AND WHY/HOW DID YOU START WORKING AT OCOEE INN RAFTING?
I started working with Ocoee Inn in 2008, but have 1 more year on the river. The first company I trained with unfortunately went under, so after, I found myself talking with Kent H. and he said to come by and work at Ocoee Inn. The rest is history:)
OTHERWISE KNOWN AS/NICKNAME.
No nickname, just Greg.
WHAT ARE SOME CRAZY/ADVENTUROUS THINGS YOU’VE DONE?
In my younger years, before marriage and kids, me and my friends would go hiking and parkour around some of the cliffs and high trails. Definitely a thrill. Definitely a stupid idea.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT OCOEE INN RAFTING?
I love the friends that I’ve made here over the years. Some great people to work and live life with. All of my fellow guides are wonderful hard working individuals who take this job seriously and with pride.
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE AS A GUIDE AND WHY WOULD I REQUEST YOU?
Been in the game for 16 years and I’m as cool as the other side of the pillow. Period.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO TELL FIRST-TIME RAFTERS?
Speak up, don’t be afraid to ask questions. A lot of the guides know a lot about local lore and history. And be prepared to have fun… a ton of fun!
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? IF NOT NOT LOCALLY, WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE?
Originally, I am from Jupiter, Florida. I grew up on the beach, surfing and snorkeling. Moved up to Cleveland, TN in 2005 to get away from all the constant heat and (at the time) rising cost of living, my parents and I moved away to find seasons and mountains.
WHAT DOES YOUR OFF SEASON LOOK LIKE?
What’s an off season? I work full time at a local manufacturing company during the weekdays.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
I spend a lot of time with family doing family things and taking care of the house. I like gaming as a stress reliever, as well as shooting firearms. I also enjoy hiking and camping.
WHAT/WHO INSPIRES YOU?
That’s a hard question, as there are tons of people who’ve inspired me, with my main person being my wife. She’s the hardest working and most accomplished person I know who’s overcome so much in life. And I love her so much!