Our Mission

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.


About Us

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.

Kate Cinnamo

Kate Cinnamo

Executive Director


The Nexstar Legacy Foundation provides a channel for people in the home service industry to give back to their community. Businesses in the plumbing, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) and electrical industries provided funding to start the foundation in 2005. The foundation launched a scholarship program attract talent to these industries. We raise funds with events and other activities.

Explore The Trades Board of Trustees

Gregg D’Attile, President
President & CEO, Owner, Art Plumbing, AC & Electric
Coral Springs, Florida

Monica Ryan, Vice President
President & Owner, Village Plumbing & Air
Houston, Texas

Mike Barker, Secretary
President & Owner, Barker & Sons Plumbing and Heating
Anaheim, California

Marty Cullen, Treasurer
President & Owner, Perfect Plumbing, Heating & Air
Boise, Idaho

Stephanie Barker, Trustee
Director of Operations, Barker Heating & Cooling
Livermore, California

Lara Beltz, Trustee
Vice President & Marketing Manager, Beltz Home Service, Inc.
Findlay, Ohio

Peggy Hildebrandt, Trustee
President & Owner, Connors Plumbing & Heating Waseca, Minnesota
Julian Scadden, Trustee, Ex Officio
President & CEO, Nexstar Network

Frank Blau, Jr., Honorary Chairperson
Founder, Nexstar Network