|Tony Adams is newest JCPRD Board Member|
"I have a very extensive knowledge of sports and the outdoors. My company was conceived to support, explore, educate, and provide alternative methods to receive information about the outdoors and all the activities surrounding it. Growing up, I participated in every type of sport you can imagine. I turned two of those sporting activities into professions: a ten-year career in professional football and as a professional rodeo cowboy (calf roper and team roper). I also took my passion for the outdoor and turned it into a business profession, DiscoverTheOutdoors.com, LLC."
The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously during its March 16 meeting to appoint Adams to the board. He steps into a seat previously held by Edward Lothamer and a term which will run through February 2009.
DiscoverTheOutdoors.com LLC is a technology company which serves the outdoor industry and its 150 million annual participants. Adams founded the company in May of 2000 and has helped establish it as the most extensive outdoor internet site on the World Wide Web with over 4 million pages of information. Adams currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
From 1998 to 2005, Adams served as host and executive producer of the television show Heartland Adventures Outdoor Show (later called Discover the Outdoors Television) which in 2004 won a Golden Moose Award from the Outdoor Channel.
From 1996 to 1997, he was interim General Manager of the Kansas City Wizards Major League Soccer team. Earlier, Adams played professional football for ten years starting with his 1973 draft by the San Diego Chargers and four years with the Kansas City Chiefs.
A native of Riverside, Calif., Adams has lived in Johnson County for 31 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Utah State University with a double minor in recreation and physical education.
He is a member of the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors; NFL Alumni; National Wild Turkey Federation, where he is a life member; Audubon Society; National Wildlife Federation; Arbor Day Foundation; Pope & Young Club; Boone & Crockett Club; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; Nature Conservancy; Whitetail Unlimited; Ducks Unlimited; Quail Unlimited; National Rifle Association; Wheelin’ Sportsman; International Bowhunting Organization; and the Grand National Quail Club.
"I firmly believe a community's parks, and all that encompasses them, is essential to the health and well being of that community and everyone in it," Adams said. "I believe you need board members who are committed to those beliefs. As the population grows in our county we must be able to meet the demands of the county's citizens and their desires to enjoy the quality of life they currently enjoy. That means we must be able to grow with the population and maintain the parks that exist today. That is a tough task when budgets are tight."
"As an avid outdoorsman, I have always believed that a young person's first introduction to the outdoors comes from their city or county's park systems," he added. "Providing young kids the opportunity to fish or boat or to see wildlife will be a theme I will always support."
A continuance of the District's efforts toward excellence while seeking ways to expand activities and funding are among Adams' goals.
"One goal is to become the standard in which other counties model their parks & recreation agencies after," he said. "Another goal is to assist in the development of new ideas for our parks that can deliver both entertainment for our visitors and revenue for the JCPRD."