Rich’s family moved to Atlanta when he was a teen. During his college years, he went to Alaska to work summers in the commercial fishing industry. He earned his pilot license and began flying for commercial fishermen from Homer during spring herring seasons. When summers ended, Rich returned to Altanta and flew corporate jets.
Amy grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1976-78 her family lived in Kenai, Alaska and that’s how Rich became part of her family when he was around in summers. When she and Rich married in 1988, they knew Alaska was where they wanted to raise their family so they began looking to buy a small business, something seasonal, somewhere in Alaska.
When a fishing buddy from Homer offered his newly started Pioneer B&B to buy, they said yes. In March, 1991 they left Atlanta and drove the Alcan in a Jeep Cherokee filled with a huge microwave, a vacuum cleaner, and some clothes. Hospitality was a good fit for them both, and they’ve enjoyed hosting summer guests for three decades.
We’ve been blessed to live in Homer Alaska, doing what Alaskans do—raising three sons on outdoor family fun, living off the bounty of the land and sea, running our own business, taking on new skills like building our own boat, several spec-houses, and home schooling. Those memories, combined with the futures of our grown sons still here in Alaska, leave no regrets.
— Rich & Amy, March 2021