The Society of Professional Locksmiths provides valued membership benefits. We understand that the hardworking locksmiths need some assistance in the fight to service and the SOPL delivers benefits that can help. Discounts on products or services, customized press releases, no cost training opportunities, credits towards automotive key codes, term life, debt consolidation and even auto insurance referrals designed to support the growing demands of our members. The SOPL even pays our members back with Activity reward Points that are just like cash and redeemable towards educational needs and even recurring membership. The more you participate the more you save!
Last December on 12/10/10 the SOPL announced that the year 2011 would be the year of "UNLEASH THE BEAST". It is now one year later and the SOPL has once again delivered on time all the pledges made to its membership and the locksmith community as a whole.
It has implemented a fully functional Online Live Virtual Classroom with webinars being broadcast across the globe with a completely FREE Locksmith Training Program, Automotive Key Code credits, Financial Needs Analysis Planning, Debt Consolidation, Auto Insurance options and a Social Impact Discounts Program unlike any other in the locksmith industry.
The beast has been unleashed for sure and in 2012 East will meet West, and North will meet South for a year where some believe a cataclysmic Myan phenomenon will occur. A time which they believe will mark the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation and mark the start of a new era. Others suggest it marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe.
There is no Doom & Gloom within the SOPL and the creative valued added benefits our members and even non-members are receiving in 2011 are the result of the beast being released. Call it a beast of burden, one that was restrained for too long bearing the brunt of the doom & gloomers who held back our industry with failed programs and destructive attitudes that was breaking the backs of those carrying the load - the hardworking Mom & Pop operations and entrepreneurs. Unleash the Beast! It has been set FREE and when all points converge by the end of 2012 we shall see the transformation of this industry and hopefully the end of times for the doom & gloomers of our industry.
Think positive, stay positive. There is a beast in all of us.
The Society of Professional Locksmiths - "Moves Forward"
In early March of 2006 the Society of Professional Locksmiths launched the first Internet Broadcast Network called LockRadio and announced it to the industry on April Fools Day 2006, and it was no joke. Unlike old timer Sal Schillizzi, a locksmith from Brooklyn NY who operated a AM frequency "call in" style radio program, the LockRadio broadcast network was delivered via the Internet to serve a global audience. In the spirit of Sal's memory call ins were certainly welcome, but the focus of this original broadcast network was to provide the locksmiths a voice in the industry at a time when they were being ignored by their national association. It also also acted as a mechanism to deliver online education, entertainment and even the industry's very first virtual trade show. All of which was operated and developed by actual locksmith members of the SOPL.
On March 30th, 2007 the Society of Professional Locksmiths launched the industry's very first complete online Learning Management System with Proficiency Testing, known as the Security Technical Institute (STI). The educational programs offered a "blended" learning environment never before offered to the industry which utilized the power of the Internet to deliver lesson plans ebook courses,professional development assignments powerpoints, and testing along side of live seminars. As it grew in popularity the STI program added live interactive webcasts and live regional seminars with simulcasting across the country in real time creating opportunities for local associations to access instructors and course which normally may have been unavailable or cost prohibitive. Locksmiths in California were attending classes being given in NJ and vice versa, without leaving their homes or business thereby reducing expenses normally associated with traveling to an event.
The Society of Professional Locksmiths harnessed the power of the Internet in a positive manner unlike any others within the locksmith industry and did so with peer development without the use of sponsor money or political interference. This successful model set a new standard within the locksmiths industry that is now being followed by other associations, manufacturers and even a trade magazine! The SOPL vision to provide the industry with a light weight, robust depository for the delivery of educational material and is now being emulated industry wide. Unfortunately, some are actually utilizing methods suggested to them in confidence by the SOPL staff when they were openly invited to participate within the STI program. I guess you can't trust everyone in the security industry all the time, but the SOPL is a transparent program which seeks dignified partners and you gotta take the good with the bad.
So it looks like the new benchmark of Gold Seal of the locksmith industry is and continues to be the Society of Professional Locksmiths and the creative training opportunities it offers. So as the industry improves using these forward thinking initiatives, and you all are sitting at home saving money on travel, lodging and more, please remember where it all came from.....
Lock Radio - You heard it here first!
Security Technical Institute- You learned it here first!
Society of Professional Locksmiths - You saw it here first!
Tom Lynch, CRL