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“THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WE HAVEN’T COVERED YET, WE HAVE YET TO GET A CARPENTER ON, I’VE GOT AN ELECTRICIAN COMING ON FINALLY AFTER MONTHS OF ASKING AND I GET IT, IT’S TOUGH, THEY’RE NOT QUITE SURE WHO THEY WANT TO REPRESENT THEIR UNION – QUITE FRANKLY, I DON’T WANT THE BUSINESS MANAGER, I WANT SOMEONE WHO’S GOING TO TELL ME THE GOOD AND THE – BAD BECAUSE NOTHING IS PERFECT.”


fake news… this is one arena where that should not exist, and I don’t think does, I think the one thing that’s consistent about this industry is that most people are very honest, up front, and are the salt of the earth kind of people, …so Mike and I just wanted to capture that.” Tat was one aspect of the show that Pat felt was critical – the conversation happens face to face. Ten, along came coronavirus. “We simply weren’t willing to let this die on the vine, we had to get our message out”, exclaimed Pat. Instead of having a live conversation in a studio setting, recent episodes have been captured recordings of Zoom meetings. Tis is a tougher format, but it still seems to work. Pat further explains, “We’ve got several people


involved with the show, without them it doesn’t happen. My job is easy, I just come on, ask questions, crack jokes and stuff, but from an editing standpoint that’s a lot of work… we’re a team and we all agreed that hey, despite this pandemic, we gotta keep going so… let’s purchase some equipment… and let’s keep rolling with this thing.” As we noted, the variety of guests has been broad.


We wanted to know if they are selected strategically or opportunistically. Pat responded, “A little bit of both. I am generally attracted to people who are influencers, who are doing things that are special. You’ll see some of those people coming on more often, because at some point again, you do have to keep it fresh and you do have to have a variety of different people on.” He continued, “Tere are so many people we haven’t


covered yet, we have yet to get a carpenter on, I’ve got an electrician coming on finally after months of asking and I get it, it’s tough, they’re not quite sure who they want to represent their union – quite frankly, I don’t want the business manager, I want someone who’s going to tell me the good and the ---- bad because nothing is perfect.” And expanding on that, “we want to have people that are promoting the trades, who are good ambassadors to their craft, who have a story to tell and we all do – all it takes is for us to sit down and start asking what do you like to do, what’s your passion.” Pat certainly brings a lot of passion and energy to


this project, and he told us that the podcast is only the beginning of what they hope TRA will become. He wasn’t ready to be specific about future plan yet, but he was very candid about his motives. “I made a lot of mistakes (referring to earlier in his life) and if I can help other people


Pat Clark interviews Bill Stramer, Senior VP of Marketing, Sales and Customer Support with Link-Belt, at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2020


not make those mistakes, I don’t want to leave this world not doing anything, and this is one way that I can give back to someone and I hope it becomes successful, it seems like it’s catching some good momentum.” He later added that, “we really want to get that


across to kids that this is a cool, fun industry and it pays well… I love this industry and I couldn’t imagine doing anything other than that” We certainly enjoyed appearing on the show and speaking with Pat to pull this story together, and thank Pat and the TRA team for having us on. It’s likely that this episode will be available online by the time you read this, and when it is you’ll find it linked on our website at www.wireropeexchange.com or theirs www.riggin- awesome.com as well as on YouTube or your audio podcast provider of choice. y


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