What is the best part of the job?
Meeting new people, from many diff lifestyles and backgrounds. B) Love it!! C) Keeps me young…. minus the hair!!!
Why do you think people should go on a rafting trip?
Simply…the experience! Many people have a fear, whether it be open or hidden, of water and what it can do. Time to overcome and get it done!
Why would I want you as a guide?
Got some experience. Fun but safe ride….. but not afraid of wild and crazy if you want it.
How long and Why/How did you start working at Ocoee Inn Rafting?
22 years off and on, due to kids and life. A friend I went to college with introduced me to whitewater. Once my college playing day were over I had time to do things I had always been interested in. Been with Ocoee Inn ever since.
What are some crazy/adventurous things you’ve done?
Growing up on Cherokee Lake, we used to, from the outside, swim down to a submerged ladder and into flooded corn silos. Then climb the ladder to the top and jump off. Found a few bridges as well. Rafted the Gauley River with other guides from Ocoee Inn.
What do you love about Ocoee Inn Rafting?
Everything!!! It starts from the top down. Ownership and management has always worked to maintain the best and most up to date equipment. They have always worked at keeping and taking on new, quality guides with positive morals and ethics that are interested in creating and maintaining long term relationships with customers.
Do you have anything to tell first-time rafters?
If you are unsure, hit the deck, but dont stop paddling.
Where did you grow up? If not not locally, what brought you here?
Florida until age 12. Moved to North East Tennessee, then to Cleveland to finish up my college baseball days working towards a degree in Education. Married a Cleveland girl and stayed put.
What does your off season look like?
I teach and coach at a local school. In the Fall, watching my boys on the gridiron. Getting some hunting in when possible. Spring, is packed with coaching and watching the boys on the diamond. Snag a fish if time allows. Of course, hunting and fishing comes after time spent with my better half.
What are your hobbies?
Family, Hunting, Fishing, other whitewater activities.
What/Who inspires you?
God is ultimate!! I also find inspiration in the individual that has been knocked down or delt the bad hand, but refuses to give up. Attitude is Everything!! It is not HOW you finish, it is THAT you finish!!