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Our Mission

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation attracts talented individuals to the heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical industries. We inspire people to discover the prestige, earning power and stability of careers in these fields. The foundation is a leading resource for information on careers and training, as well as a source of financial aid. Check out the video below to learn more about our mission from our Executive Director, Kate Cinnamo.

About Us

Founded in 2005, the Nexstar Legacy Foundation is dedicated to attracting talented individuals to the heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical industries, by inspiring these people to discover the prestige, earning power and stability of careers in these fields.

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation provides comprehensive career information for those interested in pursuing the field of PHCE, as well as scholarships and training grants for those beginning their educational journey at trade and technical programs.

The foundation targets its programming and aid to two audiences vital to the growth and quality of PHCE jobs: young adults and veterans. Two programs, powered by the Nexstar Legacy Foundation, were established to meet these needs.

Troops to Trades

Troops to Trades is committed to attracting talented veterans, National Guard and Reserve members to the skilled trades. Since its creation, Troops to Trades offers training grants, scholarships, and help in career placements in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries.

Explore the Trades

Explore the Trades actively drives young adults, ages 15-25, into the PHCE service industry through education of students, businesses and schools. Using real world statistics, advocacy and outreach to potential employees to build awareness about these careers, Explore the Trades provides recruiting materials for educators, school counselors, employers and parents.


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.


“There is no richer emotion I know than the sense of contribution. The feeling that who you are as a person, how you have lived your life, what you have said and what you have done, has touched others in a deep and meaningful way, is an ultimate gift of life. IT IS YOUR LEGACY.”
Nexstar Legacy Founder


“Nexstar [Network]’s real mission is having made more people successful and wealthy than any other organization. The power of education and sharing is the focus of the new Nexstar Legacy Foundation.”
Nexstar Legacy Founder

“Every now and then you come across an organization comprised of very special professionals that have the insight and wisdom to help people because they know and feel it is the right thing to do. Built on goodwill toward young men and women starting out in their field of expertise, these pioneers started, built and continue to manage a foundation that’s very existence is driven by giving back to an industry that has, through their own efforts, been so good to them. This foundation is called the Nexstar Legacy Foundation. Focusing on the future, building and supporting the leaders of our industry for years to come. The Legacy Foundation is one of a kind because it was built by contractors to better educate young mechanical professionals. Paving the way for a better work environment for thousands of new people who may not otherwise have had these future opportunities.”
Martin Masters Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.