What is the best part of the job?
The best part of the job for me is definitely meeting new people and introducing them to whitewater. It is my favorite thing in the world, and I love helping others enjoy it.
Why do you think people should go on a rafting trip?
I think that if a person wants to challenge themself, have fun, and fulfill their desire for adventure, then they should definitely go rafting!
What is a fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me is that I love rafting but absolutely hate being wet!
How long and Why/How did you start working at Ocoee Inn Rafting?
I have been guiding on the Ocoee for 9 years, but I’ve only been with Ocoee Inn for 3. As someone who has worked for different companies I can honestly say that there is no better company than Ocoee Inn. They truly make you feel like family.
What are some crazy/adventurous things you’ve done?
I wouldn’t call it crazy, but a few years ago I spent two weeks rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The views and spectacular white water were the most amazing things I have ever seen!
What do you love about Ocoee Inn Rafting?
There are so many things I love about Ocoee Inn Rafting, but the thing I love the most is the people. From the owners, to the bus drivers, to the other guides, Ocoee Inn is made up of nothing but kind and passionate people.
Do you have anything to tell first-time rafters?
The one most important thing I would tell a first time rafter is come ready to paddle hard and have fun!
Where did you grow up? If not not locally, what brought you here?
I grew up just down the road in beautiful Cleveland TN.
What does your off season look like?
I am a full-time firefighter so rafting is a part-time hobby for me, during the off-season I enjoy trying to get outside as much as possible. Rafting, Mountain biking, and kayaking can definitely chase the winter time blues away!
What are your hobbies?
As far as hobbies I really enjoy anything outside. Rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.
What/Who inspires you?
My inspiration comes from many things around me. Anything or anyone that pushes me to be a better person.