Commodore

Every year since 1954 a Commodore has helped lead FIBArk. In the early years the Commodore was responsible for organizing the races and attracting international competitors. In recent years the Commodore has been chosen as an honorary position. Commodore’s are selected from the Salida community and generally are recognizable by their official hat. Look for them in the parade, in the beer garden, or during the competitions.

Rob White is 2017 FIBArk Commodore

 

Rob White received a BS in Park & Recreation Administration/Biology with a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Central Michigan University, and a MS in Park Administration/Fisheries & Wildlife Management from Michigan State University. While in graduate school he worked during the summer months for the Delaware State Park System and upon graduation accepted a seasonal position with the National Park Service as a ranger/naturalist at Rocky Mountain National Park. In 1987 he joined Colorado State Parks as a seasonal ranger at Cherry Creek State Park and accepted his first full-time position at Cherry Creek in 1989. He then accepted positions as a senior ranger at Trinidad Lake State Park and then Chatfield State Park. His first experience as a manager for Colorado State Parks was at Castlewood Canyon State Park in 1999. In 2000 he accepted a Park Manager VI position at the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, one of 42 state parks within Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Rob has two wonderful daughters, Kayla & Meghan, who, along with Rob, love to explore and experience the beauty of the Arkansas River and other special places in Colorado whenever possible.

 

 

As Park Manager of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Rob provides leadership and direction in the management of the recreation area on a day-to-day basis. This includes being responsible for the formulation of policies, goals and objectives; the coordination of facility development and land acquisition; the preparation of a variety of monthly and yearly reports and comprehensive plans; the development, implementation and administration of a variety of budgets; the coordination and attendance at a number of staff and agency meetings; the inspection of park facilities and programs; leading the negotiations for a variety of services and programs; and the supervision of his staff. He also provides recreation and operational expertise and assistance to local, state and federal agencies and organizations. Rob exemplifies true stewardship of the river. Through his knowledge and commitment, he is protecting the river life style for future generations to enjoy and experience.

 

Previous FIBArk Commodores

  • 1954 Howard Blakey
  • 1955 Doyle Johns
  • 1956 Ted Jacobs
  • 1957 Ted Riley
  • 1958 Riley Bartley
  • 1959 Steve Frazee
  • 1960 John Peeples
  • 1961 Ralph King
  • 1962 Laurence Campton
  • 1963 Tony Kolbeck
  • 1964 George Oyler
  • 1965 Ken Teter
  • 1966 Xaver Wuerfmannsdobler
  • 1967 Ralph Hagerman/Dannie Makris
  • 1968 Vern Cato
  • 1969 Lee Sharpe
  • 1970 Glenn Vawser
  • 1971 George Theotokatos
  • 1972 Phil Noll
  • 1973 John Stokes
  • 1974 Tom Bainbridge
  • 1975 Leland Leak
  • 1976 Alan Sulzenfuss
  • 1977 Stu Nadler
  • 1978 Jeanne Foster
  • 1979 Merle Baranczyk
  • 1980 Rich Musat
  • 1981 Linda Grover
  • 1982 Larry Smith
  • 1983 Jeff Snyder
  • 1984 Burma DeFarges
  • 1985 Tony Aiello
  • 1986 Dennis Mitchell
  • 1987 Dave Tunison
  • 1988 Penny Taylor
  • 1989 Ray James
  • 1990 Mike Perschbacher
  • 1991 Charlie Alexander
  • 1992 Rebecca Bornhurst
  • 1993 Tom Ewing
  • 1994 Tom Phillips
  • 1995 Tom Karnuta
  • 1996 John Hansen
  • 1997 Donna Rhoads
  • 1998 Dave Dickerson
  • 1999 Dave McCann
  • 2000 Bonnie Schwam
  • 2001 Mark Roman
  • 2002 Bill Murphy
  • 2003 Wendell Hutchinson/Andy Hutchinson
  • 2004 Fred Lowry
  • 2005 Darwin Hibbs
  • 2006 J. Argys
  • 2007 Lawrence Campton
  • 2008 Gary Lacy
  • 2009 Patrick “Lee” Hawkins
  • 2010 PT Wood
  • 2011 Mike Harvey
  • 2012 Shawn Gillis
  • 2013 Ed Loeffel
  • 2014 Greg Felt
  • 2015 Bill Block
  • 2016 Kim Bouldin
  • 2017 Rob White