May 2, 2022

Ryan Smith: Are Skilled Trades Endangered?

Ryan Smith: Are Skilled Trades Endangered?

If that quote doesn’t have your attention maybe the second picture will.

It doesn’t matter which trade your in, Ryan Smith has an urgent message.

That’s to teach.

His passion for his craft, hand cut roofs, is only matched by that of his desire to, well, keep craft alive.

It’s not just carpenters, it’s plumbers, electricians, mechanics. The world is growing and the work force is shrinking.

I know, “gloom and doom”. Ok, then listen to him weave the tail of how he became an industry leader (I proclaimed that, he’s humbler). Listen to him talk his mastery. It ties right back into him teaching at MT Copeland, an organization aimed at having educational programs for all trades.

After we said our goodbyes, the conversation carried on for another 15-20 minutes. We ended up talking mental health and we both want to remind you, it’s ok to not be ok. It’s totally normal.

Can you guess what Ryan’s favorite jobsite jams are without cheating? Let us know below!

We’d love to hear your feedback on this one after you listen.

Thanks for all of your continued support!

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Mike Knoche has been running his general contracting business for 16 years. It's been trial by fire and in The Contracting Handbook, Mike shares his successes, his failures and asks other industry leaders to join him in a discussion of how to run a construction business! The Contracting Handbook podcast discusses the behind the scenes running of a small construction company. It’s everything from starting up, working with employees, subcontractors, and clients. Remember, it won’t just be Mike’s perspective as he will talk to contractors from all over the world about theirs too! Why the world over? Because through his travels in the off season he’s come to see that contractors everywhere have similar business needs, struggles, and ideas in common. We a are a global community of builders! Contact Mike at for questions, comments, or to be interviewed.


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Host: Mike Knoche

Website: The Contracting Handbook

Instagram: @thecontractinghandbook

Venmo: Mike-Knoche-1


Guest: Ryan Smith

Insta: @roofslayer2681

Roof cutting course: MT Copeland