Julie- General Manager
Jon G — the man, the myth, the legend — is our resident fix-it genie. As our all-around repair guy and craftsman he can design, fabricate, or repair just about anything, from shoes to boats to buildings; if you need boat repair, Birkenstock repair, or service for your bicycle, he’s your guy. Jon is a born-and-raised Travelers Rest native who studied automotive collision repair at Greenville Tech and spent 15 years working in local auto body shops. He’s been with Sunrift since 1997. His two brothers also worked at Sunrift in its early years, and his wife Debbie used to manage our bike shop. Jon likes mountain biking, road biking, metalworking, blacksmithing, and lately fly fishing with Debbie. He’s a treasure trove of TR knowledge too, and has worked to protect the biological treasure that is the bat population on Sunrift’s campus.
Waylon is an artist, fabricator, woodworker, foundry nerd, sculptor’s secret weapon, surly head chef, reluctant consultant, canoe builder, bike mechanic, devoted trail shredder, retired bluesman, and giver of eternal piggy-back rides. You can find him in the Sunrift Bike Shop, or out riding on the local trails, on days when he isn’t teaching at Furman or hanging out with his family.
Jared is an adventure seeker with over 30 years of rock climbing experience. Jared continues to set new routes indoors and outdoors and has a passion for exploring new areas. Since 1992 he has climbed in 40 states and 7 countries and participated in over 300 first ascents. His favorite places to climb in the southeast are the Red River Gorge for sport climbing, the New River Gorge and Seneca Rocks for trad climbing, and Rumbling Bald, HP40, and Rock Town for bouldering. Jared also likes to mountain bike and has ridden nearly all of the local trails in South Carolina, North Carolina, and surrounding states. His favorite place to mountain bike is the Pisgah National Forest outside of Brevard, NC. Recently he has fallen in love with whitewater kayaking and is currently creating a video log of over 20 local rivers. He is an active member of the Foothills Paddling Club and his favorite rivers are the Chattooga and the Cheoah. When not paddling, climbing, biking, or hiking, he enjoys reading, traveling, snow-skiing, snowmobiling, and extreme bushwhacking. Jared is also the head route setter at the local climbing gym (Climb @ Blue Ridge). He and his wife Karla have a young daughter named Lucy and they love to hike to local waterfalls. Do not ask him a question about climbing, paddling, or mountain bike trails unless you want to hear a good story.
Courtney is an upstate, SC native and has lived here the majority of her life. She is an advid mountain biker, food enthusiast and outdoor educator. One of her favorite outdoor adventures she’s had is backpacking on the Ozette Triangle in Olympic National Park. When she isn’t at work she’s working at Pleasant Ridge, going to local shows, hanging out with her dog River or making jewelry. Her favorite plant is the stinging nettle (because you can make incredible pesto with it), favorite flower is a magnolia, and she can play a mean game of monopoly. If you see Courtney in the store ask her anything about warranties, women’s apparel or our camping section!
Patrick was born and raised right here in Travelers Rest. He spent time in college studying wildlife biology. In his off time you can find Patrick out paddling, fishing, hanging out with his bird dog Sage, or hanging out at a good show. One day Patrick hopes to share his knowledge and experience and guide people fishing and boating. If you catch him in the store he’ll be able to help you in our boat department or our camping section.
Rebecca is an avid wildlife conservationist, outdoor educator, and adventure enthusiast. When she is not at work she is going on long walks with her dog, Gladdy, hanging out at breweries with her friends and family, or enjoying the outdoors whether it is hiking, camping, or mountain biking. Rebecca’s favorite mountains are the Black Range in south-central New Mexico where she spent two years doing research on mountain lions and Mexican grey wolves. However, her favorite mountains close to home are found in Table Rock State Park and Jones Gap State Park. If you have questions about wildlife Rebecca is always excited to talk with you!
Josh is a long time friend and employee of the Sunrift family. He is currently our boat shop manager and is our go-to man for any boat/paddling questions. If you catch Josh on one of his off day he is probably watching sports, doing carpentry, working on his tiny house or making tacos. PS Josh makes a mean salsa (medium, mild or hot).
Mandy has always had an adventurous spirit. Beginning as a child riding horses and later competing in the local circuit. She started working at Sunrift in the late 90’s and has done a ‘bit of everything’ but primarily enjoyed mountain biking, backpacking, paddling, snow boarding, and SUP. Mandy is happy to answer and assist with any of your travel questions and particularly questions on travelling with children. Mandy lived in the UK for 10 plus years during which time she, with her husband Ross and their daughter Lucy traveled to over 16 countries adventuring, photographing and immersing in all of the brilliant cultures that make up our world. Since moving back to America and not working as a Massage Therapist Mandy can be found in Sunrift and is at hand to help outfit you and your family for your next memory making adventures near OR far.
During his career, Pierson was used in a variety of pitching roles, frequently shifting from the bullpen to the starting rotation and back. Pierson appeared in six postseason games from 1976-8, all with the Royals, and each time against the New York Yankees, posting a 2.35 ERA in 7.2 innings pitched. After good work in the ’76 and ’77 playoffs, Pierson is most known for surrendering a two-run homer to Thurman Munson in the 8th inning of Game Three during the 1978 ALCS.