Who's Behind WCP
Meet the passionate people who make Wolf Creek Park possible. This is a group of locals who got involved because they believe strongly that the business park will bring jobs to the region, build community, and foster local economic infrastructure.
Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority
The Fayette County Urban Renewal Authority (FCURA) owns Wolf Creek Park. The FCURA Board approves development strategies, property sales, and annual budgets. Learn more about the FCURA at www.fayettecounty.wv.gov/urban_renewal_authority.
Jeffrey Proctor, Board Chair
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 the Board Chairman of 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, Vice Chair
Gene Kistler is the Board Vice Chairman 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.
Tom Louisos was elected Nov 2018 for a six year term on the Fayette County Commission. He was appointed as a member of the FCRUA Board in the spring of 2019. Tom owns and runs a restaurant in Oak Hill,” Tom’s”. His family restaurant offers homemade burgers, hotdogs and chili, fries and other fast food. Tom’s offers carry-out service seven days a week.
Tom grew up in Oak Hill, West Virginia. He is a lifetime resident of Fayette County. Tom enjoys the outdoors including ATVing, hiking and hunting in the woods of West Virginia.
Matthew D. Wender
Matthew Wender is a retired Certified Public Accountant. Matthew received both a Bachelors in Business Administration, Major in Finance, and a Masters in Business Administration from West Virginia University. For 18 years, Matthew held a position on the Fayette County Commission, President for 10 years. During this position, he initiated numerous successful initiatives in the county as well as managed a balanced budget that provided for an efficient operation of county government.
Previously, Matthew worked as an Investment Manager for the West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust – a 21-Million-dollar venture capital fund. He was able to successfully manage a portfolio of company investments in a very challenging West Virginia economic climate. Matthew learned early on the importance of solvency and matching expenditures with conservative revenue projections.
Now Matthew enjoys the company of his family, which includes three wonderful grandchildren. He enjoys carpentry as well as spending time on his boat and at his cabin – both require all the carpentry skills he can muster.