About Trade Talks

Collaborating with schools, businesses and training programs, we create and share tools, marketing materials, and knowhow that help students, veterans, and career-changers discover their pathways to success.

Our Mission

To help people build great futures that build America.

We are changing the narrative about skilled trades—empowering students, veterans and people in unfulfilling jobs with the knowledge they need to get started towards reach their goals and beyond.

The Challenge

America is at a Critical Juncture

We are unable to meet the challenge of building homes, buildings, warehouses, factories, and infrastructure—driving costs higher, increasing inflation, slowing down the economy and putting home ownership out of reach for many.

In suburban and rural communities in Georgia and around the country, there is an increasing demand for skilled tradespeople, intensified by the large wave of current professionals retiring. Over 1.5 million new skilled tradespeople will be needed in the next 5 years alone!

Even as these high-paying jobs go unfilled, high school students and their families still perceive four-year colleges as the only road to success, regardless of goals, talents and interests. Many graduate or abandon college saddled with debt and limited job prospects.

Skilled veterans and individuals working low-wage, unfulfilling jobs are often unaware of the need and potential in skilled trades. Many of them already have core foundational skills that are used in construction.

Technical colleges and apprenticeship programs are struggling with declining enrollments. In most schools and businesses, counselors and recruiters are not equipped with the resources and information to overcome the misconceptions of skilled trades professions as being dead-end, dull, dangerous jobs for less-capable people.

The Opportunity

Students, Veterans, Job-Seekers

The Solution

Sharing resources, partnering with organizations

To reach more people looking for a new career, we partner with school counselors, technical colleges, training programs and like-minded organizations, sharing resources such as:

  • Webinars
  • Videos
  • Downloadable Guides
  • Program directories

All designed to help future builders and partners achieve our shared goals.

Our Team

David McCulloch

David McCulloch

Executive Director

Irish Horsey

Irish Horsey

Board Member

Jen Metzger

Jen Metzger

Board Member

Jonathan Dubovsky

Jonathan Dubovsky

Managing Director

Justin Milrad

Justin Milrad

Co-Founder and President

Mary Beth Byerly

Mary Beth Byerly

Director of Development

Our Partners

We are proud to collaborate with like-minded organizations that recognize the need for more skilled tradespeople to build America’s future.

Path to Pro
Technical College System of Georgia
The Marcus Foundation
Brand our videos for your campaigns, post your programs and career opportunities, and share resources.

Partner with Us

Financial Information

Trade Talks USA is a registered 501(c)3 Charitable Organization (EIN 83-2321805). You can download our recent 990 Forms below.

2022 Form 990

2021 Form 990

2020 Form 990

2019 Form 990

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