At Explore The Trades our mission is to recruit individuals to the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades. These industries keep our country running. Jobs in these industries are in high demand and come with great pay, career opportunities and job security. We want to help you discover that these careers aren’t just a choice – they’re the best choice.
Founded in 2005, Explore The Trades is committed to developing the next generation of a skilled workforce by changing the perception of the trades. The organization creates awareness of the trades through key industry statistics, career resources and connections with industry-leading residential service companies throughout North America.
Explore The Trades Board of Trustees
Lara Beltz (President)
Co-Owner & Vice President
Beltz Home Service Co.
Peggy Hildebrandt (Vice President)
Connors Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Mike Bergstrom (Secretary)
General Manager & Partner
Thornton & Grooms
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Lauren Martin (Treasurer)
Anthony Caccia (Trustee)
San Mateo, California
Marty Cullen (Trustee)
Perfect Plumbing, Heating & Air
Garden City, Idaho
Phil Smitherman (Trustee)
Aux Home Services
Julian Scadden (Trustee, Ex Officio)
What We Do
Explore The Trades provides resources about careers in the trades of plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical trades to educators, students, and parents across the country.
Our purpose is to create and build a foundational understanding of these trades for so many. Through classroom posters, trade-specific infographics, and videos, the organization is setting the stage for those who choose to enter the trades after high school.
Together with trades professionals, industry experts, and educators, Explore The Trades is bringing the trades back into the classroom.