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Inspiring the Next Generation

What is STAC?

STAC exists to combat the current skilled trades labor crisis in the U.S. and Canada by fostering a renewed respect for these essential careers - ultimately attracting more individuals to pursue a career in the trades. As a 501c3 STAC is uniting an industry. STAC will support and elevate other nonprofit organizations, causes, individuals, and companies that are aligned with STAC’s pursuit to grow the skilled trades.

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Year Founded


Supported Skilled Trades


Events & Schools Attended


Founding Members

Rob Almond

NEST | Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Brown | Owner

Sarah Hammond

Atlas Electrical, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Plumbing | President

Sara Angus

Starbucks | Director of Construction

Kam Washington

PMA Construction | Owner

Julie Starzynski

Floor & Decor | Director of Construction & Design

Kate Cinnamo

Explore the Trades | Executive Director

Mary Gaffney

GEM Mechanical Services | President

Mónica Muñoz

Davita Kidney Care | Senior Director of Capital Programs

National Advocates for Skilled Trades

Meet the STAC Council

STAC Foundation

Advocating for the Future of Trades

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Our Mission

We Need Tradespeople. Period.

The Skilled Trades Advisory Council (STAC) is a group of national advocates who have aligned to address a current crisis in North America. STAC’s founding advisors leverage their resources, knowledge, and network to elevate the skilled trades as high-paying, honorable, and often heroic career paths, including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, janitorial, construction, and other essential jobs that require a rejuvenated workforce.

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