Fostering the Next Generation of Carpenters

Billy Burns (Asher Nichols & Craftsmen), Mark Lumino (Medford Tech carpentry program), scholarship winner and Medford Tech student Joshua Ingianni, Steve Greenberg, Phil Cherkas (Cherkas Home Improvement), Asher Nichols (Asher Nichols & Craftsmen).

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is working with the next generation both within steveworks (my son Asher is our production manager) and through the Professional Remodelers Association (PRO-NE) where I’ve been a member for more than 15 years.

For many years, I’ve worked on the PRO-NE TradesUp program that provides a high school senior with a cash scholarship as well as carpentry tools. This year’s recipient is Joshua Ingianni, a senior at Medford Vocational Technical High School who plans to pursue a career in the trades.

Fellow PRO-NE member Phil Cherkas and I cochair the application and awards process for TradesUp. Our goal is to award the prize to a student who has demonstrated a talent for the trades and dedication to their studies. Often their next step is to apprentice on job sites with a related business in the remodeling industry. It is our hope that these students have long, rewarding careers and take our industry to the next level.

We can’t wait to see where a career in the trades takes Joshua!