Being a part of the Society of Professional Locksmiths has been a tremendous help to expanding my business, and my knowledge as a locksmith. There are quite a few points to that, not just one or two things that have helped. I have been able to establish connections with fellow locksmiths all across the country, and from time to time ran into unusual situations that they have helped me with.
The forums have been a great way that we have been able to share information on everything from new products, security concerns, tips and tricks, and unique work a rounds from unusual situations that members have come across.
When I was first starting, I traveled from Indiana to New York, and met up with Tom Lynch the Founder of the society, and had a great time learning all kinds of tiny tricks that have helped in the field, as well as a giant leap forward when he gave me all kinds of tools, parts and even a key code cutting machine and he asked for nothing in return. With his help I launch my business. If it had not been for that, I would have had a much more difficult time getting started.
I have also had the pleasure of working with Barry Campbell in Indianapolis on several jobs and developing a solid friendship. There has been several times that I have been able to reach out and touch base with them on questions, and have even gotten calls from other locksmiths asking me questions about how to do unusual fixes. There have been lots of leads on new products that I am able to now carry, which I would not have known of if it had not been for the SOPL.
Chris Chambers - Columbus Key