Modern Home Builder - Winter 2018 - 68
" We pride ourselves on high integrity and honesty."
DENNY YODER, OWNER AND PRESIDENT
Yoder Homes has 34 employees and performs more than $8 million worth of custom home and renovation
projects each year in Florida's Gulf region, including Sarasota.
The background of Yoder Homes' owner
heavily influences his work with clients
and others. BY JIM HARRIS
www.yoder-homes.com / Headquarters: Sarasota,
Fla. / Specialty: Renovations, custom homes /
www.mhb-magazine.com Winter 2018
DennyYoder learned the value of hard work at a young age.
As the son of a contractor in Fort Wayne, Ind., he spent much of
his youth and high school years performing various duties on home
construction sites. "I did pretty much everything from pouring
concrete to framing and finish carpentry," he says.
Yoder's desire to expand on his hands-on knowledge led him to
attend college at the University of Arizona Tucson, which he chose
to attend after working outside through one Indiana winter on a
framing crew. After earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, he entered the workforce through GE's manufacturing
management program, which sent him on assignments in Virginia,
New Mexico and Ohio.
After five years working for GE, Yoder returned to Fort Wayne
and went into business with his father Dan building production
starter and first move-up homes.
During Denny Yoder's 17 years with the company, it grew to
the point where it built 200 homes annually and cumulatively com-