What is the best part of the job?
For me it is when I have a guest who is very scared of the river. I love being able to help them overcome that fear and learn to love the river.
Why do you think people should go on a rafting trip?
The river is beautiful and exciting, you don’t want to go your whole life without experiencing that beauty or feeling that excitement.
What is a fun fact about you?
I have ridden over 100 roller coasters.
Why would I want you as a guide?
If you have me as a guide, you will know you have a guide who puts your safety as his number one priority.
How long and Why/How did you start working at Ocoee Inn Rafting?
I have worked for Ocoee Inn for 23 years. I have always loved being on the river even as a child. My fondest memories are of canoeing the Platt River in Michigan with my family. In college I took up kayaking and transitioned to raft guiding because it was an easy way to spend a lot of time on the river.
Otherwise known as/nickname.
How did you get your nickname?
Todd Still and I started the same year and I needed a way for customers to know which guide they had. I am a huge Star Wars fan and used to have a drawing of Yoda on the back of my life jacket.
What are some crazy/adventurous things you’ve done?
My best friend and I once went on a 2 week road trip to ride as many roller coasters as we could.
What do you love about Ocoee Inn Rafting?
The camaraderie and sense of family that the staff all share.
What makes you unique as a guide and why would I request you?
If you are really worried about rafting for the first time or are scared of the river, you should request me. I will keep you safe and make you a fan of the river.
Do you have anything to tell first-time rafters?
If possible go with a guide who has a lot of experience.
Where did you grow up? If not not locally, what brought you here?
I grew up in Michigan and Florida. I came to Cleveland Tn to go to school at Lee University. The river is why I stayed.
What does your off season look like?
High School Math Teacher
What are your hobbies?
Photography, Board Games, Video Games, Gardening and Cooking
What/Who inspires you?
That would be my daughter, Amelia. Several things that are now hobbies started out as things she wanted to do together. She inspires me to be the best person I can.