After 20 years in a corporate job, this lifelong craftsperson took a leap of faith to start a business doing the work that he truly loves, and he’s never been happier.
In this special series of episodes of the FHB Podcast, Rob Yagid, executive director of Keep Craft Alive and former Fine Homebuilding editor, shares his conversations with some of the most talented and dedicated people in the world of residential design and construction.
In this episode, Rob has a conversation with carpenter and former corporate analyst Brad Stoppenhagen about how in 2016 he started his new career remodeling homes in and around Cincinnati, Ohio. Brad talks about the flexibility and freedom that working for himself has given him, and he emphasizes the importance of both following your passion and planning for the future.
Keep Craft Alive is an initiative powered by Fine Homebuilding to bring awareness to the skills gap in the building industry and the rich professional opportunities that exist in the trades.
The SkillsUSA #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship Fund provides tuition money to students pursuing a career in the trades. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the fund, or buy a #KeepCraftAlive T-shirt to both support the fund and show your support .