Michael D. Smith is a Senior Vice President at USI Insurance Services LLC., and Board Chair of the Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority. As a Registered Health Underwriter and Registered Employee Benefit Consultant for USI Insurance Services, Michael has worked with mid to large companies in all industries, including insured and self-insured groups, designing and implementing employee benefit programs for twenty-five years.
He received his Bachelors in Computer Science from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and a minor in Accounting from Concord College.
Michael strives to find balance between work life, family life, and personal life which he believes is crucial for quality of life. “Quality of life is one of the best attributes that our community of Fayette County has to offer.” Michael volunteers on the FCURA board and in other capacities to help bring the opportunity of quality of life to others.
His personal interests include vegetable gardening, golf, skiing, biking, reading, and piddling around his hobby farm.
Jeff Proctor retired from Adventures On The Gorge July 1, 2018. Since that time, as a volunteer, he has focused his energy on expanding broadband in the State and Fayette County. In addition, Jeff is a Board Member for the Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority and an active member of the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council.
Jeff received his B.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana then went on to found Class VI River Runners, Inc, currently Adventure WV, LLC (known as Adventures On The Gorge). This business continues to be the best adventure resort in the Country. In 1991, Class VI won “The Entrepreneur of the Year” and in 1997 Jeff and his two partners were named one of ten “Who’s Who in West Virginia Business” by The State Journal.
Thanks to an early scouting outing with an influential camp counselor and a 500 mile canoe trip, Jeff began his passion for rivers. Currently an Eagle Scout, Jeff gives back to the Boy Scouts of America to provide positive experiences for youth.
William S. Thornton, Board Secretary & Treasurer
William Thornton is the Vice President of Civil Engineering at Terradon Corporation and serves as City Engineer for the communities of Smithers and Montgomery. Will has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology; is a Registered Professional Engineer in WV, OH, and VA; and a Registered Professional Surveyor in WV.
Terradon is a full-service engineering firm in Nitro and is West Virginia's largest Woman Owned Engineering Firm. Will oversees projects with clients such as the WV Division of Highways, US Army Corps of Engineers, US National Park Service, along with numerous towns, cities, and private clients. These projects include infrastructure improvements, property surveying, mapping, material testing, and construction Inspection. Will has made a career of helping to improve the infrastructure to help achieve a sustainable world and raise the global quality of life.
Will, his wife Amy and their two children, Ben and Josie, live in Fayetteville. During his free time, Will likes to play outside - riding mountain bikes, hiking, playing golf. Will is also active in the Canyon Rim Rotary Club.
Gene Kistler is a Board Member of the Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority and the Wolf Creek Park Committee Chair. He received a Bachelors in Art from Roanoke College and a Masters in Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.
Since then, he has dedicated himself to building community and improving the triple bottom line – economic, social, and environmental - in Fayette County and greater West Virginia. He has held the role of builder, business owner & operator, community activist, and county volunteer. Gene is selfless with his time.
In 2012, the Access Fund awarded Gene with the Menocal Lifetime Achievement for "community leadership and longstanding commitment to local climbing advocacy and stewardship in the New River Gorge area."
To balance out all the hours spent giving back to the community, Gene enjoys the rich local art and outdoor offerings of the region. He is a long time rock climber, mountain biker, enjoys live music and participating in learning opportunities.
John Brenemen is a Fayette County Commissioner. In his day job, he works on his family’s 64-acre farm, J and K Farm in Scarbro. He is responsible for day to day operations along with managing 4 greenhouses. The farm grows anywhere from 9 to 14 acres of vegetables depending on the year.
John has a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology and an Associates in Science in Electronic Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology. In his career as an engineer, he received various awards as a District, Regional, and training executive with several retail organizations.
John Brenemen’s mission statement is to, “increase my knowledge so I can help others obtain chemical free produce and to help educate others from my learning by teaching them how to grow their own food.”
Outside of work John enjoys his time in his wood shop, fishing or taking classes on farming, woodworking or gardening.