The 61st Graduation Ceremony of EAS Carpenter apprentices, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Recent graduates included Trade Show Carpenters, Pile Drivers and General Carpenters across Local 491, Local 474 and Local 197. Congratulations to all the graduates!

Two dozen men and women graduated to full journeyperson status for the Trade Show Carpenters Local 491 Friday during the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters graduation ceremony.

The EASRCC’s 61st Annual Graduation Ceremony was held in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The event was sponsored by the Carpenter Contractor Trust and Milwaukee Tool.

Bryan Slater, Virginia Secretary of Labor, delivers the keynote address at the 61st Graduation Ceremony of Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters apprentices, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 in Upper Marlboro, M.D.

Bryan Slater, Virginia Secretary of Labor, delivers the keynote address at the 61st Graduation Ceremony of Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters apprentices, Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 in Upper Marlboro, M.D.

The members recognized for completing their apprenticeships were:

  • Cody Blair
  • Randy Cole
  • Saul Danchi
  • Nathaniel Elliott
  • Edwin Gutierrez
  • Ronald Hayden
  • Ian Fannon
  • Bernard Frey
  • Shane Kesecker
  • Donald Lewis
  • Sofia Morales
  • Jenna Padeletti
  • Dabray Parker
  • Nicholas Piotrowski
  • Noel Portillo
  • Jessica Potter
  • Robert Preisinger
  • Matthew Prince
  • Briana Quechol
  • Kristen Ruff
  • Benjamin Sagan
  • Chris Santibanes
  • Marissa Smith
  • Thomas Thompson

Chris MacLarion, the Maryland Department of Labor’s Director of Apprenticeship & Training, had plenty of great of advice for the new graduates.

Trade Show Carpenters Local 491 are skilled professionals who build a variety of world-class events across the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region. Our carpenters are members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, and we work under the guidance of a contractor partner with the protection of a union contract. Our members are specialists, trained to build and install interior and exterior venues from the ground up, usually in a matter of days.

For more information about how you can apply for an apprenticeship and join our ranks, visit tradeshowcarpenters.com.