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Kayleen McCabe

Contractor, Speaker, Host of HGTV's Rescue Renovation, and founder of The McCabe Foundation

Kayleen McCabe’s passion for the trades was put to the test on Rescue Renovation, the DIY Network series she hosted for five seasons. Today, this contractor, sought-after speaker, and the 2009 winner of DIY’s Stud Finder competition funnels her know-how and innovative spirit toward a more pressing need than outdated tile: Vocational advocacy and awareness.

Her non-profit, The McCabe Foundation, tightens America’s skills gap by encouraging young men and women alike to consider careers in our nation’s most undervalued, unfilled, sector: The trades. A familiar face at industry events and in schools across the nation, Kayleen partners exclusively with respected partners including Skills USA and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). When she’s not knocking down stereotypes or walls, Kayleen caters to a wide array of clients on custom projects ranging from pergolas and decks to furniture and custom storage.