West Virginia Executive Spring 2017 - Page 97

1970 1975 1980 1985 1974-1975 Taught kayaking and canoeing at Falling Creek Camp in Tuxedo, NC 1976-1977 Guided whitewater trips for Mountain River Tours 1977 Graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a pre-med degree 1978-2007 Co-founded, owned and operated Class VI River Runners 1984 Appointed to the WVDNR Whitewater Advisory Board 1990 1992 Appointed to the WV Economic Development Council 1995 1994 Appointed to the WV Tourism Commission by Gov. Gaston Caperton 2000 2001 Appointed chairman of the WV Tourism Commission 2005 2006 Joined the New River Gorge Economic Development Authority 2008 Co-founded Adventures on the Gorge “That first job taught me to work hard and play hard, to always be passionate about what you do, to treat people with respect, to celebrate diversity and to embrace change.” his first professional job as a river guide on the New and Gauley rivers in 1977. “That first job taught me to work hard and play hard, to always be passionate about what you do, to treat people with respect, to celebrate diversity and to em- brace change,” he says. It also taught him about the delicate balance of entertain- ing rafters while keeping them safe, and it planted in him a deep-rooted love for the Mountain State. In 1978, Arnold combined his entrepre- neurial heritage with his love for white- water rafting by joining forces with Kevin Whelan and Doug and Jeff Proctor and founding Class VI River Runners. “When we started Class VI River Runners, a lot of people looked at us as outsiders, but certain business people in Fayette County, like Judge Robert Abbot, Frank Mahan, Bud Hill, Shad Dummit, Otis Morton and his brothers, saw something. They em- braced us and taught us so much about what makes this place unique.” Today, that endeavor has evolved into Adven- tures on the Gorge, which is quickly be- coming a world-class adventure resort. It’s been a wild ride for Arnold, but of course work is never really work when you love what you do. As his business has grown, so has his role in shaping the state’s tourism industry. Arnold has been a voice for West Virginia tourism for the past 25 years, ɕͥ䁡хٕ͕́ɤ)ͱ䁅́ȁѼ͡ɔݥѠѡ̸+q=ȁх́ɽͥͭ)ѡݡѡɕɕ͕гt̸ͅq5)ͅѡ䰁ͅѡ͕ٕϊP)ѡ͔ɔݕ̸ Ё$͕)ɕɕ͕ѥ]ЁYɝٕ䁑ݔ)ͽé٥܁ѡ́хє)Ё́ѽ䁵ɔѡٕȻt)%ѥѼ)ٽєȁ]ЁYɝѽɥʹȴ)éٔȁѡ5չхMхє)͡ݸѡɽ՝ѡձѥ݅)ٕ́!͕ٕ́ѡ)]ЁYɝQɥʹ ͥ)ɔѡ啅̰ѡ)ɽѠՍ́ѡ丁)ɔѡ啅̰́ѕ)ѥ́ɵѡ]ЁYɝ)!х䁅QɅٕͽѥ͕ٕ)ѡ]ЁYɝٕ)Ёѡɥ䁅݅́Ёѡѕ)ѡЁՍ͙ձ䁉ѼɥѡMյ) ѕI͕ٔѼѕ٥ȁѡ )Ḿɥɹͼ͕ٕ́)ѡɐѡ9܁Iٕȁɝ)ٕЁѡɥ䁅́)ൽȁȁѡ]ЁYɝ)!х䁅QɅٕͽѥéɐ)ɹ́́ѥمѥѥհ)ɥٕ́ѡݡٔѡ!)ɕѕЁɽٕͥЁ́)եٕɔɕͽЁȁՕ)Ѽݡɽ٥ɕЁѼ)ݽɬ́ȁѡɕͽݽɭ́ͼɐ)Ѽɽєɽ܁ѽɥʹѡ5ո)хMхєѡݕȁ́ͥ胊q ͔)]ЁYɝٕ́ͼՍt()]]\]Ya UQ%Y =4$)L@H$8Ȁ(