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Paul Yandura

FARMS+WORK+WONDERS
Founding Executive Director
Wardensville, West Virginia
Paul Yandura is the President of FARMS+WORK+WONDERS, a successful farm and food-based nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to expanding opportunities for Appalachian youth.

Paul and his partner Donald Hitchcock, built their weekend cabin in the Appalachian Mountains in 2008 to escape the hectic pace of DC. In 2013, they left their successful political careers behind and moved full-time to a WV mountain town of 250 people.

Living in a tiny town was completely foreign to Yandura, who lived in Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles before landing in DC, where he worked in the Clinton White House and then launched his own firm advising high-profile clients from presidential candidates to non-profits.

The initial plan was to develop weekend cabins and help others discover the beauty of WV. Like all best-laid plans their adventure took some interesting turns, and they learned valuable lessons, as they launched the popular Lost River Trading Post and a top-producing real estate office—both successful and still growing.

In 2017, Yandura, partnering with the JDL Foundation, created Farms+Work+Wonders, a local non-profit that launched the Wardensville Garden Market and Bakery which has created over 70 new jobs.

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, April 12
 

8:00am

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Conference Violet CrownPamela Abalu • Joshua Anton • Ross Baird • Grace Belangia • Jon Bier • Jeanne Milliken Bonds • Carleen Bowers • Derrick Braziel • Marland Buckner • Tighe Bullock • Sean Carr, Ph.D. • Jill Carroll • Ric Cavender • Tom Chapman • Mylea Charvat • Tom Click • Mick Cornett • Elizabeth Cromwell • Matt Dunne • Chinedu Echeruo • CO.STARTERS • Roben Farzad • Jason Feifer • Elizabeth Freeman • Jason Fuller • Rick Gordon • Sameer Gulati • David Hall • Chris Harris • Imagene Harris • Felecia Hatcher-Pearson • Sean Henry • Tiffany Henry • Erika Herz • David Hirsch • Archie Holmes • Steve Hoang • Mitchell Horowitz • Anika Horn • Fay Horwitt • Denise Hubbard • Matt Illian • Roger Johnson • Erik Johnston • Joseph Kapp • Bo Kemp • Adam Klein • Christine Lai • Stephanie Landrum • Kim Lane • Michael Lenox • Christopher Lloyd • Michelle Marks • Eric Martin • John McElligott • Evans McMillion • Tina Metzer • Jennifer Miller • Maegan Moore • Stephen Moret • Eric Parker • Chad Rogers • Julia Ross • Marco Rubin • Jessica Sabbath • Timothy Sands • Marie Schacht • Gene Schleppenbach • Joel Selzer • David Touve • Sean Washington • Brian Watson • Tom Weithman • Jayson White • Christina Winn • Dubby Wynne • Paul Yandura • Beth Zimmer • UVA’s Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

10:00am

 


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