Are You the Tradesperson of The Year? News & Opinion

Are You the Tradesperson of The Year?


WD-40, in partnership with Rebuilding Together, is looking for the 2010 Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year – someone who reflects the values of both brands, gives back to the community and adds value to his or her skilled trade industry.

You know, like Joe the Pro… but maybe someone who’s not directly employed by a manufacturer.

The winning tradesperson will also receive $5,000 worth of products and tools courtesy of WD-40 and Sears Blue Tool Crew, and appear as a guest co-host on a live national radio broadcast of “On the House with the Carey Brothers,” which is the Tradesperson of the Year national radio partner. The individual who nominates the grand prize winner will also receive $1,500 worth of products and tools. Five runner-up finalists and their nominators will also receive products and tools courtesy of Sears Blue Tool Crew and WD-40. Individuals can nominate trade professionals at RTTradespersonOfTheYear.com until Nov. 16, 2010. Six finalists will be chosen from specific skilled trade categories, including: carpenter, contractor, electrician, HVAC/plumber, painter and roofer. One grand prize winner will receive a Super Bowl getaway for two, including air travel, lodging, game tickets and $500 in cash.

Superbowl tickets? That’s it, I’m entering!

“WD-40 has been helping skilled trade professionals get the job done for more than 50 years, from loosening rusted plumbing joints to keeping tools in tip-top shape. We want to honor those who work hard on the job and in their communities, and partnering with Rebuilding Together is a great way to do that.”

– Tim Lesmeister, vice president of marketing at WD-40

The Tradesperson of The Year program officially kicks off during Rebuilding Together’s “Fifty for Five” in New Orleans, a five-day event starting Aug. 24 that recognizes the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by restoring 50 hurricane-devastated homes throughout the city. The event includes more than 1,000 volunteers rehabilitating houses, national celebrities, and local music and entertainment at a block party August 28. WD-40 Company employees will work with Rebuilding Together and other volunteers to rehabilitate a house in the Gentilly area as part of the event.

“Without the generosity and dedication of individuals and professional organizations in the skilled trades, Rebuilding Together could not accomplish its mission to improve the lives and communities of homeowners in need,” said John White, vice president of business development and advocacy at Rebuilding Together. “We are excited to partner with WD-40 to launch the Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year™ program and bring recognition to the spirit of service within the industry.”

For more information about the Tradesperson of the Year program or to nominate an individual for the award, please visit RTTradespersonOfTheYear.com.

About WD-40

WD-40 has been helping construction and skilled trade professionals get the job done for more than 50 years. As the program’s presenting partner and sponsor, the brand exemplifies integrity, versatility and problem-solving, all values reflected in the Rebuilding Together Tradesperson of the Year. To learn more about WD-40 and its 2,000+ uses, visit wd40.com.

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