Wade Yoder
 Hi thanks for stopping by! Just a little about myself and what I do-  I was blessed to have been born into an awesome family and have a wonderful daughter and son. I'm a Christian and I believe true health begins on the inside, with both spiritual and physical health!

I grew up in the Amish/Mennonite community in Montezuma, GA and was blessed with a great family and was able to grow up in a community of good folks.

I have 2 awesome children, Nicole is 24 years old and was a teacher at Word of Life School in Montezuma for several years and has put that on pause to follow some new pursuits. Caleb is 20 years old and is going to school at Valdosta State and wants to major in physical therapy.

Education: I attended and graduated from Montezuma Amish Mennonite School in Montezuma, GA

International Sports Sciences as a Master Trainer: Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Specialist in Exercise Therapy, Specialist in Strength and Conditioning, Specialist in Senior Fitness and Specialist in Youth Fitness

Work history…

First jobs: my brother and I started working at a dairy that was next door to my dad’s store when I was around 10 years old.
When I was around 15 years old my dad rented a small dairy and bought a small herd of around 70 dairy cows. My older brother, my younger brothers and myself operated the dairy and my dad operated the store. During this time I started a small herd of dairy cattle in the 80’s and sold them in the early 90’s.

Dishwasher: at 13 I got a job as a dishwasher at my uncle’s restaurant (Yoder’s Deitsch Haus) when he opened the restaurant in the early 80’s.

Started managing my mom & dad’s store when I was 16: my dad had to quit working at his store for a while due to him losing his voice, so I managed the store temporarily, but then they let me continue to manage the store (Kountry Farm Center). This was from 16 & 1/2 years of age until 23, and was probably the most formative in helping me to learn how to operate and grow a small business. I’m very appreciative to my mom and dad for never giving me the feeling that they were looking over my shoulders during this time and that my dad trusted me to run a business that he had spent many years building.

The Garden Bowl Restaurant: my mom and dad were in the catering business for 25 years, and it was probably this and my uncle’s restaurant that inspired me to open a restaurant in Montezuma in 1992 called the Garden Bowl. I closed it in 1993 and put my focus on the gym business.
Health club business: I opened Montezuma Athletic Club in 1991, opened Valley Athletic Club in 1992. I had to rebuild business after July 2000 (when the building I was leasing collapsed). With God’s grace and a lot of hard work, I started back from scratch and slowly rebuilt the business. In 2005 I sold the property that my 1st health club was built on in Montezuma so that I could purchase the property I was leasing for Valley Athletic Club here in Fort Valley.

Wade Yoder Storage Buildings etc: started in 2007 and has grown into a pretty large business since then. It started out as storage buildings only but has expanded into greenhouses, gazebos, screen rooms, carports, enclosed metal buildings, dog kennels and chicken coops. I’m really thankful for this business largely because of it bringing customers in from surrounding counties.

Plane crash 2007: this probably had the most impact on how I live out my days here on earth and increased my desire to leave a positive impact in the lives of my family, friends and community. You can get the full story on YouTube @ Yoder Family Plane Crash  

Community service and outreach

Peach Regional Chamber of Commerce Board Member since 2012: Responsible for the chamber’s website, member updates, online financial transactions, email newsletters and social media. Except for membership, I do not get paid for these services.

Health and fitness columnist: for 5 middle GA newspapers with over 200 published articles since 2012.

Valley Athletic Club Building Collapse 6/29/ 2000

Plane crash 10/10/2007

Yoder Family History "This is a Christmas video i put together of my awesome family"