We are thrilled to be hosting this ongoing interview series with Gary Katz, and we hope you enjoy these videos as much as we do.

Dunn Lumber is proud to have hosted Gary’s first Katz Roadshow back in 2003. The hands-on, educational events are still going strong today and continue to feature Gary's carpentry clinics. Gary is an accomplished professional and has devoted the better part of the past three decades to educating the construction industry. Whether through his publication THISisCarpentry, one of his articles in Fine Homebuilding, or a presentation at a JLC LIVE show, Gary always delivers enthusiastic and experienced insight to our industry.

In this installment, Gary discusses the greatest threats facing remodeling professionals and trade contractors. Here is the key takeaway:

You don't need a college education to have a career

Over time, the myth that a college education is the only way to obtain a secure career has gained traction and become a common idea that drives younger generations entering the workforce. This has caused a lack of long-term investment in the trades industry and trades education, and it does not accurately present young people with all of the paths available to them after high school. It is an option to enter the trades and find a meaningful career—rather than needing a college degree, the trades only require you have passion, drive, and an eagerness to learn.

Stay tuned for more as we continue our interviews with Gary. If you are looking for a career in the trades, visit the Remodelers Council from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Interested in learning more about past and present threats to the trades? Be sure to read our Death of Shop Class series.

Gary Katz The Greatest Threats Facing Trade Professionals