Rob Finley of Mountain Home was appointed to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He replaced Ken Reeves. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the selection Friday (June 26) at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock.
Finley was born on Eaker Air Force Base in Mississippi County, graduated from Cotter High School in Baxter County, and followed in his father’s footsteps to join the U.S. Air Force. After his service, he returned to Mountain Home, where he worked in the banking industry and developed a credit-insurance program for financial institutions. They own Route 66 Warranty in Mountain Home and Cranor’s White River Lodge in Cotter.
“Rob’s love of the outdoors is in his blood,” Gov. Hutchinson noted in a statement. “His grandfather owned a fishing and bait store on Portia Bay, and by the time he was four, Rob was fishing from his grandfather’s boat launch. Rob and his cousins spent hours with their grandfather learning about fishing and hunting. His love of the outdoors inspired a passion for conservation. He and his wife, Nicki, have been successful in a variety of businesses, including outdoor retreats and lodges. In Rob, I found the perfect mix of attributes that make him a logical pick to serve as a Game and Fish commissioner.”
Finley and wife Nicki live in Mountain Home with a daughter and three sons.
“The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is a body of seven stewards of the people’s property,” Finley said. “I take that very seriously, and I will work diligently to protect it. If I could drop the gavel 84 months from now with an increase in hunter/fishing participation and youth involvement numbers on the rise, I would consider my term a success.”
Gov. Hutchinson thanked Reeves for his service on the commission.
“Arkansas is a better place because of Ken Reeves’s work as a Game and Fish commissioner. He has been steady at the helm and charted a good course for those who love and want to preserve Arkansas’s forests and waterways.”