Celebrating Excellence in Trades: The 8th Annual Elite Trades Championship Series Comes to the Tampa Convention Center on October 26
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TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 19, 2023 ~ The 8th Annual Elite Trades Championship Series (ETCS) is set to kick off on October 26 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. Developed by IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc. and Intersport, this dynamic series continues to recognize the critical role of tradespeople across diverse sectors, including electrical, automotive, HVAC and plumbing.

Scott Mendel, SVP and GM of ETCS expressed his enthusiasm for the event: "I'm thrilled to see the IDEAL® Elite Trades Championship Series return for its 8th year to celebrate the excellence of America's tradespeople. I'm in awe of our participants' caliber across these essential trade industries. I'm also thankful to our sponsors for their generous support and commitment to growing the skilled trades. Together, we're championing the exceptional individuals who power our world through their skills and dedication."

The championship will feature several specialized events including the 8th annual IDEAL National Championship for electricians, the 3rd U.S. Auto Tech National Championship Driven by Yokohama, the 2nd ServiceTitan HVAC National Championship and the inaugural Plumbing National Championship. The ETCS finals will be televised in December on CBS Sports Network with more than $300,000 in cash and sponsor-provided prizes up for grabs.

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The competition will see professional and apprentice finalists culled from a rigorous series of qualifying events competing in a custom-built arena in head-to-head challenges that honor their vital skills. This year's Elite Trades Championship Series shines a spotlight on the HVAC and Plumbing competitions with a blend of seasoned and budding talent such as Jeremy and Graydon Harris from Waverly Ohio - a father-son duo - as well as Craig Childress from Peabody Mass., mentor to 2022 ServiceTitan HVAC National Champion Mack Shwert; last year's professional runner-up Lee Morris Jr.; 3rd place apprentice Patrick Boldt; Randy Giroux from Canada who is seeking a third consecutive win; plus many more talented individuals from across America.

In addition to the competition an ETCS Student & Apprentice Trades Educational Summit facilitated by International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and Florida Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association (FL-PHCC) is expected to welcome more than 700 students providing educational sessions by industry leaders networking opportunities and a chance to witness the competitions firsthand.

This combination of competitive zeal skill recognition and educational enhancement promises to make this 8th Annual Elite Trades Championship Series a landmark event fostering growth appreciation in trades industry while applauding those exceptional individuals who power our world through their skills dedication.

For more information visit tradesnation.com/ETCS or follow respective events on social media channels
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