Chad Shafer

Employee Spotlight: Chad Shafer

Chad Shafer begin his career at Georgia Spa Company as delivery crew member before moving into sales and working his way up to his current position as the East Sales Manager. Chad is from Bloomington, Illinois, but spent most of his life locally in Winder, Georgia, where graduated from Winder Barrow High School. After two years of college, Chad decided to focus on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and the decision paid off as he quickly became an elite level coach and training partner allowing him to travel the world cornering fighters. Now, even while working at Georgia Spa Company, he continues his own training as well as training others.

Outside of Georgia Spa and MMA training/fighting, Chad can be found spending his time with his wife, two kids and four dogs.

"We have four dogs - two Dachshunds, a Black Mouth Cur, and a German Shepherd. I like them some of the time," Chad said jokingly. "My wife, Andrea, and kids love them, and they make them laugh."

Why did you decide to work for Georgia Spa Company?
"Prior to joining the Sales Team I had worked delivery in the past, both seasonally as an extra hand for Home Show weekends and as an employee. When Andrea and I started our family, I knew this was an opportunity that could provide for us if I could listen, learn, and execute at the level required by the position."

What is your favorite memory with Georgia Spa Company?
"When I was on delivery. There was a spa we were removing from a deck and taking to the dump. The spa got stuck in a chokepoint and the delivery crew lead let me spin side kick it. The spa ended up coming loose. We laughed pretty hard about it. Fun times!"

What was your first job?
"In the 8th grade I asked my mom and dad to sign a work release permit so I could get a job before I was legally allowed to. I worked in a pet store that used to be located in downtown Winder."

Georgia Spa Company East Sales Manager Chad Shafer with his wife, Andrea, and their two kids.

Where do you like to vacation?
"My wife and I take the kids to the beach every year. I prefer the mountains myself, but as long as my family is with me, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
"Steak, chicken, eggs and some rice. I don't care how you make it, just make it with those main ingredients."

What are three things you have left on your bucket list?
When I was in kindergarten I came up with a list and it only had 3 items.
1. Become a ninja because you will have to protect your family in the future - Check!
2. When you grow up you will go to fancy dinner parties with doctors and astronauts, so learn as much as you can about everything so you can add to the conversation - Check! And that never stops.
3. Have a bunker because the world is bound to go crazy at some point in your life. That's the only thing left for me to check.

What is a TV show you like to re-watch a lot?
The Chappelle Show

What is your favorite sport?
Combat Sports. They are the highest level of real time problem solving a man can attempt. You're part of a very small percentage of people on the planet crazy and brave enough to think about attempting it. Then deciding to train. Then sticking with it long enough to become decent at it. Then testing yourself against another man. Along the way it will teach you understandings about yourself and life that others will attempt to learn from reading books written by similar men, but no one can truly grasp the entire lesson unless they learn it by putting themselves through the fire.

What is your favorite movie?
Any one I'm watching with my family.

What is the best advice you've ever gotten?
"Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience," - Mark Twain

What is something you would tell your 13 year old self?
Lift heavier and go out for wrestling. Eddie Bravo says we could be a contender.

What is your favorite quote?
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat," - Theodore Roosevelt