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About The Author:

Don OShall, CMIL

Don OShall has been the Supervisor of the Lehigh University Office of Access Control and Locksmithing for over 25 years. He is a member of the Lock Industry Standards and Training Council (LIST Council), and a Director for the Institutional Locksmiths Association. He served as the original chair and later co-chair) of its Certification Committee.

He is an internationally recognized authority on master keying, system design, key control and commercial/institutional hardware. He taught courses for the All Lock Service Institute, and has taught classes in various locksmithing courses for many associations all across the country for over nearly forty years.

He was Senior Instructor for the New York and National Schools of Locksmithing (New York City and Chicago) for over seven years. He was a staff author for The National Locksmith magazine articles beginning in 1984, and is a contributing author and Associate Editor for The Institutional Locksmith magazine.

Don has been awarded the Gerald J. Connelly Jr Pioneer Award, and has been the recipient of many other honors.

About The Author:

Vernon Kelley, CMIL, CPL

Vernon Kelley has been involved in the locksmith and security industry since 1989. He is a licensed locksmith in the State of New Jersey. He is a dedicated security professional, supervisor and locksmith, eager to share his more than twenty years of experience in the security industry.

Vernon is nationally recognized for his expertise in Shop management, master keying, door hardware specification writing, security survey and crime prevention, life safety and fire code compliance, institutional locksmithing, non-profit association management, technical and copy editing.

Vernon is a member of the Institutional Locksmiths' Association-Delaware Valley Chapter (ILADVC), International Association of Investigative Locksmiths (IAIL), Institutional Locksmiths' Association (national), as well as ASIS International. He has served the ILA Board and membership in many capacities, including treasurer, editor of the industry publication "Key Issues" and chairman of the By-laws & Policy Committee, and has received the:
  • Lee Rognon Award, 2008
  • ILA President’s Award, 2005
  • ILA-DVC Robert C. Gress, Sr. President's Award, 2004
  • ALOA Scholarship Foundation scholarship award winner, 1992