About Us

About Us: Beth and Gary Harper

The Team Behind Man of Rubber River Gear

Man of Rubber was founded by husband and wife Gary and Beth Harper. We are a full service wholesale and retail supplier of river gear and related outdoors products for the commercial outfitting industry and paddling enthusiasts. We got our start in the river business over 40 years ago and have worked just about every job imaginable including outfitter owner, guide, trip leader, river photographer, equipment manager, reservation manager, business manager, you name it… on the Class III-IV Ocoee River in Southeast Tennessee. We have spent over 40 years in the river business because we love rivers and river people. We also enjoy helping others, whether it is making your private river trip the best it can be or helping our outfitter clients & friends be as successful & profitable as they can be. We’re ready to put our knowledge and experience to work for you!

When you call our office which is located atop a mountain in the Appalachians, you might speak with Kelly who has been with us for two years now.  She is enthusiastic and ready to help you outfit your business needs – or cool products you can resell in your retail store.

Whatever your business needs, we can supply you with great products and offer smart and sound advice.