RIVER RANGERS™ Leadership Team


Alpha Leader





Rando is the Founder, President and CEO of RIVER RANGERS™. Known as "The River CEO," he works from his yak....down-by-the-river.

His passion for the river began as a youth, working at a canoe livery and then as a guide. Throughout his career, RANDO knew one day, he would be trading his Florsheims for watershoes and transforming his passion into a cool business venture with a cause.

When not out exploring the outdoors in his kayak (referred to as "The Office"), Rando is an award winning business consultant and serial entrepreneur, founding multiple companies.  He's known as a turn-around-specialist for launching new businesses or turning them around. Rando has also served on the board of directors of the American Kayaking Association.
Rando earned his Masters Degree in International Business (MBA) from Salem International University. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Management (BS) with Honors, from Park University-Magna Cum Laude.

He is also a graduate of The Ohio State University, and acquired his CBA (Certified Business Analyst) designation from Capital University Graduate School of Administration.

Rando's entrepreneurial journey brings him back to the river and the great outdoors, leading the RIVER RANGERS™ on Waterway Wilderness Adventures and their Mission:

"Keeping Waterways Safe and Clean for Paddlers and Outdoor Enthusiasts."


Technical Expert





Dutch is the RIVER RANGERS™ equipment and procedure guru. He is often thought of as MacGyver with a paddle.

Dutch loves being on the water and all things outdoors. He lives mostly off-grid and enjoys building practical sustainable systems that the average person can implement in and around their own homes.

Dutch earned his Bachelors of Science Degree (BS) in communications from Kentucky Christian University. He also attended the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy at Zane State College.

Serving in many capacities over the years, Dutch has held commissions with law enforcement and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). He has over 25 years experience working for ODNR and currently trains tour guides for the WILDS.

Dutch is an avid story teller and historian who loves to engage people in fascinating stories of Ohio history and river lore.

As a river mechanic, even when on his own, he cannot help clearing waterways and teaching conservation to anyone who will listen. Dutch is the example of technical expertise and practical application.


Fire Ball





Burn is the RIVER RANGERS™ Chief Pyrotechnician and Flamable Object Requisitions/Distributions Engineer.

He is an avid outdoorsman who has spent most of his adulthood in outdoor education and ministry. Burn has founded several nonprofits and small businesses throughout Ohio.

Burn has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science (BS ENVS) from Valparaiso University, a Masters Degree in International Business (MBA) from Salem International University and is currently working toward his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership.

Burn is a published author and also consults with nonprofits for general development and leadership advice including training as well as providing fundraising counsel.

Burn has worked with Youth Development Organizations, Collegiate Athletics Teams, Camp Ministries, Animal Protection, Foundations, Veterans Organizations, Wilderness Preserves, Mental Health Groups and Political Campaigns.

Burn loves all things fire related and fishing from his kayak in just about any body of water. Burn lives by the motto, "Semper ubi, sub ubi."