Jeff graduated from the University of Richmond and Emory University School of Law. Jeff practiced as an attorney in Atlanta, GA in a private practice before becoming part of a start-up team that created First Commerce Bank. He later co-founded and became president of Consentys, a healthcare information systems company. In the development of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in 2001, Wise oversaw the entire process and had direct management over all aspects. Jeff now oversees all aspects of Whitewater.


Jeff is a CPA who graduated from Western Kentucky University and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG. He later worked in financial, operational, and development roles for both large and small start-ups including publicly-traded companies like MedCath and PhyCor, two national healthcare companies. Jeff oversees all financial aspects of Whitewater.


Jesse graduated from Wake Forest University and completed his MBA at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jesse has worked in the outdoor industry for nine years following his graduation and oversees brand development and strategic planning for Whitewater.


Mike received his Master’s Degree in Physical Education & Recreation and his Bachelor of Science in Recreation Studies with a concentration in Adventure Recreation, Summa cum Laude, from Ohio University. For over 24 years, Mike has worked in the outdoor recreation industry as a guide, instructor, and manager in five states and Canada. Mike currently manages the operations of  Whitewater.


John graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Parks and Recreation Resource Management. John has been in the outdoor industry with a focus in climbing for over 20 years. He currently manages all aspects of safety and compliance for Whitewater.


Angie holds degrees in Business Management and Recreation & Tourism Management from Concord University. She worked in retail and guest service management in the hospitality industry for over 5 years and has over ten years of leadership experience in the climbing and outdoor industry. Angie oversees the operation and management of Whitewater’s land-based activities (ziplines, ropes courses, jumps, and rock climbing).


Fergus has been a paddler for 25 years running rivers worldwide. He attended Peter Symonds College in the United Kingdom. With both operational and pre-operation experience, Fergus has worked in both kayaking and in the science behind water operations since 2003. Fergus now oversees all paddlesports and water operations at Whitewater.



Cooper graduated from Appalachian State University and has over 14 years of experience working within the outdoor industry. His creative experience as a photographer, filmmaker, director, producer, and explorer spans over 40 countries across six continents. Cooper oversees all aspects of Whitewater’s creative strategy, direction, and process.

Aaron Peeler

Aaron has over 22 years of experience coaching, guiding, instructing and managing in the outdoor industry. He studied entrepreneurship and business at Belmont Abbey College and is a small business owner with a background in gear design and manufacturing. Aaron oversees Whitewater’s instruction, certification, and youth programming.