Edward "Ed" Wooton
It doesn’t take long, when getting to know Edward E. “Ed” Wooton, lifelong resident of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, before you become impressed with his love for our beautiful state. A graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Administration, and with over 25 years’ experience, Ed has an extensive background in the Tourism industry. Many see his career of promoting West Virginia tourism as enviable, with his years as a white water rafting guide, ski instructor, and as a fly fishing tour promoter and guide. But, when you really take a deeper look, you discover how hard he has worked and how accomplished he has become, bringing recognition and an important influx of revenue to our area businesses and our state.
Here are a select few of his earliest career accomplishments:
- “Instructor of the Year” at Snowshoe Mountain Resort
- Personally requested to guide a white water rafting trip for then, U.S. Vice President, Dan Quayle
- Assistant Director, Snowshoe Ski Patrol and Director of Marketing and Sales, WinterPlace Ski Resort
- Owner/Operator, Misty Mountain Stables at Snowshoe Mountain Resort
For the nearly 20 years Ed served as the exclusive Sales Representative for West Virginia State Parks, as well as Director of Marketing and Sales and Outdoor Specialist for Pipestem Resort State Park. Ed created and served as fly fishing guide for the very successful “Trout Wrangler” Package at Pipestem Resort State Park, bringing tourists to the park from as far away as New York, Florida, Texas and
California. Ed appeared in a PBS documentary entitled “3 Rivers” and has also served as Director of Sales for Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming, the highest rated fly fishing show on national television and appropriately sponsored by and representing the great State of West Virginia.
This association led to an exciting new chapter in Ed‘s long career promoting West Virginia as General Manager and Head Fly Fishing Guide for Harman’s Log Cabins, located on the banks of the North Fork River in scenic Cabins, West Virginia.
Harman’s Log Cabins has been in operation since 1939 and Ed was honored to be named as their first GM outside of the Harman family. While serving as Harman’s GM, Ed began and operated their successful Guide Service which continues today.
Ed returned to Public Service since January 2017 when he was honored to be appointed to the West Virginia Parole Board by Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin. Ed currently serves as a full-time member of the board.
In addition, Ed serves as a volunteer member of the West Virginia White Water Commission, appointed by current West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice.