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.

Through education and career resources, Explore The Trades fills the information gap that exists for so many – and that is discovering the opportunities that can be found in the plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical trades. Gifts to Explore The Trades are used to provide informational resources to educators, students, veterans and parents about the residential service industry. The organization also helps connect potential employees to 700+ industry-leading companies throughout the United State and Canada. With support from industry partners, Explore The Trades is building the technical workforce of the future for the essential industries of plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical.

Explore The Trades, a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity; EIN 20-3547319.

Explore The Trades Logo

Explore the trades raises $230,000
at super meeting

Through generous support of Nexstar Network members and
Strategic Partners, $230,000 was raised to benefit the work of Explore The
Trades! To celebrate the work of the industry in 2020, artwork was commissioned
and sold as part of the fundraising effort. The piece was designed and created by
Adam Turman, a Minneapolis-based artist.

*A limited number of prints are still available. All purchases and donations are tax deductible.

Limited edition prints

18″x24″ – Silver Edition Poster

  • $1,500
  • Metallic ink is used to print to add shimmer to the stars and lightning bolts
  • Artist will sign, number and date each print
  • Artist will personalize each print and write the company name in the lower right-hand corner.

18″x24″ – Poster

  • $750
  • Artist will sign, number and date each print
  • Artist will personalize each print and write the company name in the lower right-hand corner.

Commemorative prints


  • $200 each
  • Artist will sign and date each print

Explore the trades is grateful for
the support of the membership and
the following vendors

Home Depot Pro……..





Canature WaterGroup

Dynamic Air…………….








Greg Faustina, The Plumbing Source Inc.

Claire Ferrara, Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

Ted Fox, Fox Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical

Carrie Fraser     

Bob Gates, Alpine Climate Control

John Gennaro, Red Cap Plumbing & Air

Cindy Gibbs, Randy’s Electric

Lamont Goldstein, All American Plumbing Heating & Air

Sarie Gonsalves, Valley Plumbing Company

Daniel Good, Good’s Electric Heating & Air

Michael Goode, Goode Plumbing

Tom Graham, Joe Cool Home Services

Maureen Hall, Total Comfort Solutions, LLC

Jim Hamilton     

Bob Hanifin, Beacon Electrical Services

Debbie Harris, Harris Plumbing Heating Air Propane

Dan Hartsough, Harts Services

Jeff Heyveld, John Stevenson Plumbing Heating & Air

Peggy Hildebrandt, Connors Plumbing & Heating

Linda Houser, Pat’s Plumbing

Michael Hunter, Perfect Plumbing and Air

Aida Luz Ibarra-Giraldo, Solaris Technology Inc

Andrea Jensen, Tri-City Services

Alicia Johnston



Randy Kelley, On Time Experts

Steve Kistner, Kalins Indoor Comfort, Inc.

Kathryn Kline-Smith, Binsky

Brad Krause, Service Professor

Kristina Krpata, Bumble Bee Plumbing

Jeremy Lee, Schneller and Knochelmann

Nicholas Leisinger, Apollo Heating & Cooling

Rachel Lundy, Gibson’s Heating & Plumbing

Tom McCormick, McCormick Electrical Services Inc

Tom Merriott    

Tom Nelson, Laney’s Inc.

Erica Ozment, Climate Pro

Jackie Pankraz, Elite Electric & Air

John Parker, JSP Home Services

Shannon Pippin, Pippin brothers

Matt Pompeii, Pompeii’s Plumbing & Heating

William Raymond            

Erin Robert, AAA Cooling Specialists

Mike Roberts, Plumbing & A/C Medic

Matthew Rudesill, On Time Experts

Kip Salas, Advanced Home Services

Cam Schock, Climate Control

Gordon Schroll, ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling & Electric

Bryan Schroll, ABC Southwest Plumbing & Air Conditioning

Nexstar Network

Danielle Andreas, Andreas Plumbing, Heating and Air

Travis Appelhans, Grand Lake Plumbing

Andrew Aranda, Pure Plumbing

Heather Arlinghaus, Arlinghaus Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

Stephanie Barker, Barker Heating & Cooling

Bill Bell, Energy Savers of Georgia

Robert Bellini, Varsity Plumbing

Lara Beltz, Beltz Home Service Co.

Matt Bergstrom, Thornton & Grooms

Heath Betts       

Dawn Biddlecomb, Crowther Heating & Air Conditioning

Debra Blouin, Drain Masters

Tara Bona, Service Professionals

Scott Brinkley   

Calvin Brock, Traditional Plumbing Co. Inc

Corey Brown, DeZiel Heating and A/C

Eric Buchalter, Design Air

Vaughn Christensen, Lazer Home Services

Kate Cinnamo

Shawn Coley, Parks Heating & Cooling

Garrett Cook, Cook Home Services

Sarah Costner   

Mike Cottle, Cole Services

Aaron Sherlock, Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air

Chris Shonrock, Rock Plumbing Heating and Air

Brian & Jim Sloan, TR Miller Heating · Cooling · Plumbing

Chuck Smith, Current Electric

Michael Smith, Pioneer Comfort Systems

Travis Smith, Sky Heating

Jenell Sullivan, Sullivan Super Service

Zane Tegen, Vance Heating & AC

Jack Tester         

Wyatt Tucker, Parks Heating & Cooling

John Verhoff, Plumbing Nerds

Joe Vragolic, MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling

Matt Waldenberg, Central Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical

Don Weaver, SameDay Heating & Air, Plumbing, Electrical

Meagan Welch, Wilbur’s Air Conditioning, Heating, & Plumbing

Justin Westgate, Amazing Heating & Air Conditioning

Lisa White, Scottco Mechanical Contractors Inc.

Brian Williams, Ashton Service Group

Joe Witherow, Current Electric

Kevin Wolf, Laneys Inc.

Gina Yerigan      

Gerri Cox, The Comfort Authority

Jack Crow, Crows Plumbing Service

Todd Damschen, Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling & Plumbing

Gregg D’Attile, Art Plumbing, AC & Electric

Thad David         

Julie Denton, Anton’s Air Conditioning & Heating

Mark DeVries, Monarch Home Services

William Doonan, Wilbur Corporation

Jared Douglas, Advent Air Conditioning

Carl DuPlessis   

Phillip Eastwood, Tipping Hat Plumbing, Heating & Electric

Marc Erpenbeck, George Brazil Plumbing & Electrical

Mark Evans, Burton A/C, Plumbing, Heating & More

Thank you to our 2019 donors!

(Gifts received from January 1 – December 31, 2019)