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2017 Yankee Security Conference


Don Cherry, Jr., PSP, CCPR, is an EAC Sales Consultant for the New England office of Allegion, plc, and has worked in the Security Hardware and Locksmith industries for over 30 years. Don specializes in electrified and electronic hardware, and is certified as a PSP (Physical Security Professional) with ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security), and a CCPR, (Certified Construction Product Representative) with the Construction Specifications Institute.


Steve Monroe, AHC, FDAI, CDT, is a Distributor Representative for the New England office of Allegion, plc, and has worked in the Security Hardware industry for over 25 years. Steve started his career as an independent representative and for the last 15 years has worked for Allegion. Steve is certified as an Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC) and a Certified Fire Door Assembly Inspector (FDAI) with the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI). Steve is also a Construction Data Technician certified through the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).


Ted Curtin, CPP, CPMR, is a Certified Protection Professional and a Certified Professional Manufacturer's Representative. His firm, Repworks, has been in business since 1987 and represents manufacturers in the CCTV, access control, intercom, audiovisual and cyber security markets. Ted conducts many training classes in the design, installation and maintenance of security and audiovisual systems.


Tom Curtin, CISSP, CSP, ACE, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, a Certified Sales Professional and an Access Data Certified Examiner. As a security professional, Tom assesses network security vulnerabilities and instructs on how to safely deploy security systems onto networks.


Dave Hovey, CMST, CML, is a Certified Master Safe Technician through the Safe and Vault Technicians Association, and a Certified Master Locksmith through ALOA. Now in his 25th year as owner of Connecticut Lock and Safe Company, Dave is a specialist in safe and vault openings of all types. His extensive tenure has given him working field experience and continued learning opportunities in this fascinating trade. Throughout his 38-year career, safe and vault openings have been his passion, from simple record safes to complex bank vault openings.


Jason Frank, CRL, CAL, CMS, CLI, has been a full-time locksmith for more than 30 years. He is an internationally known author and nationally sought after instructor. Some of his certifications include: Certified Registered Locksmith, Certified Automotive Locksmith through ALOA, Certified Master Safecracker through the Safe and Vault Technicians, Certified Lishi Instructor through Lishi, and Yoga instructor. As the author of the “Hands On High” security book series and host of the classes of the same name, Jason has instructed hundreds of students, ranging from beginners to long time locksmiths. He has been a staple at the Just 4 Cars events for a number of years and has volunteered his time at numerous venues across the country to aid in locksmith education. Come learn from the guy who “wrote the book” on high security automotive locksmithing.


Rodger Schmidt has spent over 22 years in the industry.  With experience in security/fire service and access control, he worked his way up the ladder from service coordinator, to project management, to trainer, to Service Repair Manager for Sun Devil Fire and Security of AZ. He is a current member of the AZ Fire Marshals Association and is a returning instructor for the AZ Building Code Officials conference. He is currently a national trainer for ASSA ABLOY in the Phoenix, AZ office for HES/Securitron/Adams Rite and Alarm Controls in the Electromechanical Group.  Rodger has taught over 600 classes on topics including product codes standards from ICC and NFPA for the installation of electronic locking hardware, site surveys, system design, applications, and installation.


Chris Chase has been in the locksmith industry since 1998 and has worked in all aspects of the profession. His experience runs from being a mobile locksmith to business management and daily operations. He is a project manager on large and new construction projects involving doors, frames and hardware. He currently teaches several classes for ALOA in different areas of basic locksmithing.


Harvey Arkawy, AA, ACI, CL-SS, CAI, has been a locksmith for more than 40 years. He worked as an in-house locksmith then bought the business and increased volume by adding two service vans and four additional locksmiths. He sold the business and went to work for Lockheed Martin as an industrial locksmith. Harvey was an Executive Committee member of the California Locksmith Association and later elected president of the San Fernando Valley Chapter. After retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2006, he continued writing and teaching masterkeying software programs and has taught the art of masterkeying for organizations including Clark Security Products, InterMountain Lock & Security, Accredited Lock Supply, The California Locksmith Association, and The Society of Professional Locksmiths. He completed the ALOA Certified Instructor Training course in 2013. Harvey has written several computerized Masterkeying programs and markets them through a web-based company known as RabbitSoft Presents, including a program for generating keying systems for interchangeable core where there is a control key and change key but no master key. Harvey is currently lead instructor for the Security Technical Institute, an online training facility dedicated to the locksmith and security professional.


Scott Said has been with Lockmasters since 1998 and has become a valuable member of the Safe Lock department. His experience with electronic and mechanical locks makes him a great resource for customers and for students. Scott teaches two of the Lockmasters safe courses and is involved in parts of the full week safe training course. He prides himself on staying up-to-date on the newest locks and teaching that information to his students through the class material he uses. Recently he was appointed to the position of lead for the Lockmasters MSEC and Gardall Safe program. You can expect 110% from Scott in the classroom and at the trade show.


Clyde T. Roberson, CML, CMST, AHC, CPP is the Medeco Factory Trainer and Medeco Director of Field Services and International Sales. He has been active in the locksmith industry for over 30 years conducting training for ALOA, ASIS, DHI, ELF, regional associations, Medeco and ASSA ABLOY specializing in high security cylinders, masterkeying and key control.


Joey Dalessio is the General Manager of Codelocks, Inc, of Irvine CA. His experience began in the family locksmith business in Medford, MA, working in the shop, as a field tech, then in general management positions.  Joey then worked for Medeco, first as an independent rep, then as national sales manager, and later as Vice President of Global Sales. His experience was honed further as an outstanding resource for marketing, sales and business development for manufacturers, distributors and dealers. Joey has shared his views and many unique ideas for business generation, marketing and sales coast to coast in both the USA and Canada, helping lock and security business owners for many years.


Wayne Falce hails from central Connecticut. He started his professional career as an electro-mechanical designer before securing a degree in Manufacturing Technology and an MBA with a Marketing concentration. After 13 years in the OEM automotive industry, he moved to the builder’s hardware industry as a manager in a hollow metal shop for 2-1/2 years, then to his current position as Brand Manager with Corbin Russwin Architectural Hardware.


Ralph Perlman has been a Manufacturer’s Representative for 37 years. Perlman Associates has just celebrated 59 years in business promoting security products through education. Ralph and his company have pioneered numerous Division 8 manufacturers.


Mark Szczepanski owns M.A.S. Associates and has been representing KABA branded companies and products in the New England area since the late 1990s. He has hosted educational seminars throughout New England.  Mark has extensive knowledge of the KABA/Dorma product line including product application, system application, deployment, and troubleshooting techniques for all the KABA lines.


Chuck Batcke, CRL, CPS, CAI, has been in the physical security field for almost 25 years. He owned and operated a profitable locksmith business for 12 years, which gives him practical insight and knowledge he uses in the classroom setting. Chuck has had unique opportunities to work with many branches of government and law enforcement. He brings a wealth of knowledge in covert and surreptitious entry techniques. Chuck has a degree in Business and Management, is a Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL), a Certified Professional Safetech (CPS), and a Certified ACE and KABA Mas instructor. He is currently a member of ALOA, SAVTA and IAIL. Chuck has thousands of hours instructing technical courses throughout the world and is a principal instructor with MBA.


Logan Tell has been a part of the professional security field for over two decades. He grew up in the hardware industry and learned about cylinders and springs at an early age. His background includes quality control, production keying, shipping and accounting. Logan has worked in several positions at PDQ Manufacturing, providing a unique insight into both the organization and the industry as a whole. He is currently spearheading the new cloud-based access management product line labeled PDQ Smart. With a firm background in mechanical access hardware solutions, he is challenging the way PDQ will continue to offer value to customers and end users in the 21st century.



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