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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 interchangeable core servicing, 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:



Tony West, CJIL

Tony West is the owner/manager of the A West Security Company for nearly thirty years.

His experience includes:
  • 25 years self employed Professional in locksmithing and applied electronic security for fire and burglary detection systems.
  • Co-author of several industry text books and training manuals
  • Security Consultant to several national and international cultural institutions.
  • Contributing author to alarm industry monthly news letter.
  • Positions held in Westchester Chapter of the NYBFA over six year period.
  • Former instructor of locksmithing, security and fire alarm systems for Adult Education at Southern Westchester BOCES Valhalla, NY (1995 to 2006)
  • Former instructor of Basic Electricity for Adult Education BOCES(2000)
  • Instructor (various topics) for Locksmith Associations since 1982.