Wade was born in Santa Barbara, California and is a third generation Japanese-American (his family was interned in Poston Arizona during WWII). Professionally, Wade is the president of Nomura/Yamasaki Landscapes, Inc., having started the company nearly 40 years ago and has been awarded multiple beautification awards in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Goleta.
Wade is the President of the Japanese American Citizens League, Santa Barbara chapter. He was inducted into the Japanese American National Museum “Hall of Fame” during a special tribute to Japanese American Athletes for the 2001 “More Than A Game” exhibit for his accomplishments in the sport of BMX as a multiple National Champion and racing a bike that he designed and manufactured. The Nomura Racing bike has since become an icon among the avid BMX collectors.
Wade joined Rotary with his wife Roxanne, in 2002 and has been on 34 international projects missions for Rotary, including a polio mission to India, where he has a special passion, having had polio as a child. Wade served as Rotary District Governor in 2011-2012, and was the first Japanese American governor in that district’s 89 year history.
Wade is a Rotary International Leadership instructor, Rotary Foundation Technical Advisor for Water and Sanitation, and Community and Economic Development projects in English and Spanish speaking countries, has served as a Representative for Rotary International Presidents, the 2014 Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Chair, delegate to the 2016 Rotary international Council on Legislation, and on the 2016 Rotary International Peace Conference Steering Committee. Wade has spoken in districts in the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Chile, Honduras, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, England, India, Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Canada on behalf of Rotary.
Wade is the recipient of the Rotary International “Service Above Self” Award for volunteer service in Rotary and beyond, and the Rotary Foundations “Citation for Meritorious Service” for his work on behalf of the Rotary Foundation.
At the local level, Wade is serving on the Carpinteria City Council, President of the Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club Foundation, President of the Santa Barbara Junior Golf Tour, delegate for Carpinteria to the League of California Cities, and the President of the Santa Barbara Japanese American Citizens League.