Bob’s Story

What, Exactly, Do I Do?

by Bob Keast – Email Bob

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To an outsider, managing a resort, marina, campground and mobile home park looks marvelous and exciting and you have a beautiful place to work, lots of expensive boats to look at and such nice customers who just want to have fun and fish. So how do I explain that what I do is actually work?

When anyone asks what I do, I tell him or her the following:
I am a real estate developer, financial planner, accountant, and bill collector and sometimes I have to evict.
I am a government affairs specialist and environmental regulations expert. I answer to 33 branches of State, Federal and Local Government.
I am the tour guide, director and local historian.
I am the boat show set up guy, clean up and salesman.
I am a lobbyist, ambassador of good will and a diplomat.
From time to time I have been an architect, builder, contractor, demolitions expert, plumber, designer, electrician, forester, carpenter and garbage hauler.
My customers assume I am a weather forecaster and meteorologist so I got a weather radar satellite and do the weather on the local radio station daily from 8 to 8:30 am daily.
I am a party planner and take reservations. I am the food and beverage consultant, host, and head of the clean-up crew. I clean the bathrooms and take out the garbage.
I am the landscape designer and architect, grounds keeper, environmentalist and chief of the weeds, pest and bird control.
I am the marketing manager and oversee promotions and advertising.
I hire and then fire the dead beats who didn’t want to work and be a team player.
I am a restaurateur, boat salesman, merchandiser and retailer.
I am the safety inspector, fire chief, rescue expert and lifeguard, dock master, the captain, and the crew.
I am a giver, a helper, teacher and a donator.
And I am a joiner and a people person.


Robert (Bob) G. Keast

255 Marina Rd. @ Exit 133 off I-40

Camden Kentucky Lake, west TN 38320.9699

Born: August 9, 1950 in Ironwood, Michigan, at six days old, moved to Southern Texas

Martial Status: Married in 1971 to Janis Greene of Camden, with no children

Height: 6′ 2″, Weight: 257 lbs.

Eyes: Hazel with corrective lenses

Hair: Blonde with a graying full beard

Health: Excellent

TWRA License Agent, TN Department of Commerce Manufactured Housing Bond and

Electrician’s License and TN Department of Conservation and Environment Public Water License, Lottery License. Pearl Farming License and Concealed Weapons Permit


Owner and CEO of Birdsong Resort/Marina & Campground on Kentucky Lake since 1980, a Benton County family owned business since 1961. Owner and Promoter of HeavyWeight Promotions. Owner of North America’s Only Freshwater Pearl Farm and Museum


1968 Graduate of Camden Central High School

1968 Who’s Who Most Likable

1964-1968 Football Center & Defensive Middle Guard

1968-69 University of Tennessee at Martin, Business

1969-70 Draughons Business College, Nashville

1970-2004 75 different seminars & training courses in Outboard Marine Service, Master Service Technician, Stern Drive, Service Management, Marine Management, Parts Department Management, Financial Planning, Effective Time Management, Sales Training & Management, Air conditioning, Welding, Darkroom, Photography, Auto Mechanics, Machine Shop, Computer Basics, Senior Life Saving, Vehicle Extrication, CPR, First Aid, Hazardous Materials First Responders, Emergency Vehicle Driving, Earthquake Disaster Management, Small Water Systems Operations, Waste Water Treatment, Hazard Mitigation, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, WMD Exercises, Concealed Weapons, Billboards and Logo Signage, Highway Safety and Incident Response, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie Personal Motivation, Skywarn Weather Spotters, Airport Crisis Threat Management, Hazard Communications, SARA Title III, Personal Decontamination, Clandestine Meth Laboratory Awareness and Effects of Chemicals on the Human Body


1964-2000 Benton County Chamber of Commerce Member, Past Vice President & Tourism Committee

1995-2002 Member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

1985-2004 Member of the Jackson/Madison County Chamber of Commerce

1999-2004 Member of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce

2002-2004 Member of the Williamson County/Franklin Chamber of Commerce

2001-2004 Member of Lexington Henderson County, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce

2001-2003 Member of Grand Rivers, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

1999-2003 Member of the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tennessee

1995-2004 Vice President of the Northwest Tennessee Tourism Council

1999-2004 Member of Kentucky Western Waterland Vacation Association

1991 Promoter of the 1st Tennessee Tour, Travel & Vacation Show

1987-1990 Department of Tourism Dialogue Committee Member

1961-2004 Member of Tennessee Kentucky Lake Vacation Association

1965-2004 Member of the Marine Retailers Association

1988-2004 Member of the Tennessee Press Association

Past Board member of the Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association

1985-2004 Member of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association

2002-2004 Honorary Member of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters

Past Board of Directors of the Tennessee Association of Campground Owners

1980-2005 Owner & Promoter of the West & Northwest Tennessee Boat, Sports, RV and Travel Show of Jackson

1995-2004 Member of the Memphis, Jackson and Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau

1995-2004 Member the Jackson Madison County Hotel Motel Association

1991 Promoter of the World Wildlife Exposition, Gatlinburg

1992-95 State of Tennessee Mussel Advisory Board

1988-96 and 2000-2003 Board Member on the Tourism Salute to the Legislature

1994-96 Chairman of the Tourism Salute to the Legislature

1992-96 Board member of the Tennessee Tourism Roundtable

2001-04 Legislative Committee Member of the Tennessee Tourism Roundtable

1992 Producer and Promoter of The “Achy Breaky Heart Tour” with Billy Ray Cyrus through a 4 state whirlwind trek throughout the Southeast

1987-2004 Volunteer registered Lobbyist in Tennessee for environmental, marinas, recreation, tourism, campground owners, hunting, fishing and emergency services

1993-2004 Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Resorts, Marinas and Marine Dealers

1995-2001 Northwest Tennessee Tourism Council Brochure Committee Member

1995 Delegate to President Clinton’s White House Conference on Tourism

1998-2001 Legislative Liaison for the Tennessee Marina Association

1999-2001 Promoter of the World’s Championship Women’s Bass Fishing Assn. EXPO

2003 Promoter of the I-24 EXPO/Smyrna, TN Boat, Sport & Travel Show

2002-2005 Promoter of the Paducah Boat and Travel Show

2004-2005 Promoter of the Franklin Boat and Travel Show

1995-2000 Originator and developer of the Tennessee River Runs Through

5 County Regional Tourism Organization

2001-2004 Steering committee member of the Tennessee River Trails 9 County Regional Tourism Organization

2002-2004 Promoter of the Kentucky Lake Pearl Festival & Bubba Jug Catfishing Tournament

1982-2004 Promoter of the West Tennessee Industrial and Commercial League Bass Fishing Tournament

2002-2004 Member of the Tennessee Association of Registered Lobbyists

2003-2004 Member of the Southeast US/Japan Society

2003-2004 Member of Tennessee/Japan Society

2003 Delegate to Japan Conference with Governor Bredesen

2003-2006 Commissioner on the Board of Conservation for Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

2004-2006 Chairman of the Recreation Subcommittee for Conservation

2004 Member of the Tennessee Association of Museums

2004 Member of National Recreation and Parks Association


Member of Cowell’s Chapel United Methodist Church

25 year member, Past Master and currently serving as the Junior Warden of George Hillman # 431 F&AM Masonic Lodge in Hurricane Mills, TN

2004 Grand Steward of Tennessee Free and Accepted Masons

18-year member of the Tennessee Lodge of Research

26 year member of the Scottish Rite with 32 degree & 10 years as Marshall of Ceremonies and Captain of the Guard, Consistory Lodge 2, Nashville

1988-2004 Member of Al Meneah Shrine Temple, Nashville

Past member of the Eastern Star # 490, Holladay

Past member of the Commandry York Rite of Paris

32 year volunteer member of the Benton County Rescue Squad

15 year volunteer Unit Director of the Benton County Rescue Squad

32 year volunteer Director of the Benton County Emergency Management Agency

Volunteer Member of the Methodist Emergency Disaster Response Team

Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer with Life Honors

1981-1989 Chairman of the Benton County Ducks Unlimited

1986-1989 Member of the Kentucky Lake Water Quality Task Force

Dale Carnegie Class President 1982, Paris

Dale Carnegie Graduate Instructor 1983, 1985, 1988 Paris & Camden

Past Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, F11-3, Nashville

Member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society

32 year Member of Camden Elk’s # 2156

Charter Director of the Kentucky Wood Duck Association

Past member of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

22 year Member of the Tennessee Conservation League

22 year Member of the Nikon Professional Camera Association

22 year Member of the Bass Research Foundation

Past President of the Camden Jaycees

16 years sponsor Member & Past West Tennessee Zone Chairman of Ducks Unlimited

4 year sponsor of Girl Scout Troop # 82

2001-2003 Tennessee Association of Crafts and Artisans

1987-92 Event Chairman for the annual Benton County Homecoming Fish Fry

1986 Chairman of Homecoming ’86 and Community Event Coordinator

1995-96 Benton County Co-chairman for Tennessee’s Bicentennial

1999-2004 Vice President & Charter board member of the Benton County Bluebird Assn.

1998-2004 Board Member of Raise the Gunboats, Inc.

1999-2004 Member of the Tennessee Bluebird Trails

1971-2004 Member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and Past State Historian

1999-2003 Member of West TEMA Directors Association

2003-2004 Member of the Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Association

2002-2004 Member of the Tennessee Historical Society

2002-2004 Member of the Democratic Society of Benton County

2003 Committee member of Tennessee Statehood Day for the 96th Bell

2003-2007 Board Member of Public Broadcasting Systems (PBS) Channel 16 WLJT

Educational Network

2003-2004 Co-Chair to re-elect Roy Herron 24th District Senator Fundraiser and 50th birthday bash


Duck and Goose and Turkey hunting

Coin and Hat Pin collecting

Tennessee and TVA History memorabilia collecting

Freelance Photography & Photojournalism

Skeet and pistol shooting

Communications / two way radios

Rock and Roll and County music concerts

Daily 15-minute talk show co-host of WFWL radio 1220

Weather spotter, forecaster and color Doppler radar computer operator

Collecting old post cards & memorabilia


Masonic work and helping fellow Shiners with burned Children’s Hospitals

Rescue and volunteer emergency management

Digital photography

Visiting all the Masonic Lodges across Tennessee

Lobby down the halls of the Legislative plaza at the state Capital & networking politically

Being an Ambassador of the Great State of Tennessee through economic and community development, tourism and emergency management and supporting Masonic work

Promoting & marketing Birdsong Resort, Marina & Lakeside RV Campground and Tennessee.The stage is set for you!

Dining out

Studying Andrew Jackson and Nathan Bedford Forrest

Being Santa Claus for underprivileged children

Boating and Hunting

Travel and touring


Be involved in local, state and national events, gatherings and current affairs

Studying Tennessee, Civil War, Masons and TVA history

Selling boats

The Art of Negotiating

Emergency Management training

Getting better educated through home study and night courses

Making and meeting new challenges and friends

Watching the wildlife over beautiful Kentucky Lake

Bird watching and photographing bluebirds, wood ducks and hummingbirds

and being a Pearl Tour Guide on Kentucky Lake

Landscaping, lighting, waterfalls and water gardening

Visiting atop tall buildings, hilltops and plateaus


Major reading

Rice Pudding


32nd Degree Mason

Personally saved 6 human lives

Searched and rescued over 2 dozen lives

Promoted Billy Ray Cyrus thru a 4 state tour

Being Baptized in Birdsong Creek by my good friend and Methodist Preacher, Larry Woodruff in 1988

Flew to Osaka and Tokyo Japan with Governor McWherter for 5 days during an industrial recruitment and tourism mission in 1992

Dedicated Lake Barkley Dam with Secret Service clearance w/ my Father as a US Coast Guard Auxiliaryist patrolling for Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 1966

Locked thru 4 TVA dams in a speedboat in one daylight day

Worked with Civil Defense and TEMA personnel during 5 days and nights at the Waverly Tennessee BLEVE and explosion in 1978

Sold Hank Williams Jr. a new Ranger boat

Holding 12 offices in the Masons and becoming a Grand Officer for Tennessee’s F&AM

Entered a national service technicians contest and won a trip to Jamaica for 7 days

Rode the Tennessee Homecoming ’86 train with my father, former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, country music star Lynn Anderson, and noted author Alex Haley, from Bristol to Memphis, Tennessee

Hiking atop and overnighting at Mount LeConte el. 6,643 in the Great Smokies National Park 10 different times from 1961 to 1992 with UT Basketball Coach and National Champion / Olympic Winner Pat Head Summitt and with Wildlife Artist of the Year Ralph J. McDonald

Visiting the only saltwater pearl farming operation in North America in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, the balmy body of water separating mainland Mexico from the narrow Baja peninsula in Guaymas, Mexico

Taking a week long trip in the fall of 2003 with Governor Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber to Osaka and Tokyo Japan on a industrial recruitment mission. While there, visiting the island of Mikimoto and taking in the Pearl Farm, Tour and Museum in Toba Bay and dining with Ambassador Howard Baker and wife Nancy at the United States Embassy in Tokyo

The 103rd General Assembly legislative introduction, passing, signing and photograph on April 26, 2004 with Governor Bredesen, Senator Herron, Representative Borchert and many others including my staff at the Old Supreme Court Chambers in the Capital thru Public Chapter 506 amending the original public chapter creating the Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl as Tennessee’s Official State Gem and the Historic Site of the Pearl Farm and Museum at Birdsong Resort and Marina on Birdsong Creek in Benton County west Tennessee.

Bob gets a first hand glimpse of the 9/11 Disaster
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Bob has first glimpse of Ground Zero
(power point presentation)

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