Q&A: ALOA President Bob Mock

Locksmith Ledger sits down with Bob Mock to discuss his career and the future of the locksmith industry.


Bob Mock seems to be some kind of icon around here. What do you say to that? I started out over 30 years ago. My degrees are in landscape design and horticulture. It was getting really long in the tooth. I was working seven days a week managing a multi-million dollar retail outfit and my wife...


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So you think ALOA’s role is more important now than it was 30 years ago?

It’s always been important to have a central focal point and whether or not the association was that is another story. I think most of the movers and shakers realize that we need this central focal point to help move us in the right direction

If you were starting a locksmith business now, how would you go about it? Would you hire apprentices?

If I had skills and wanted to do the work, then I might. If I just wanted to make money, I would hire talent. When we got into access control, the hardest thing for us to do was to subcontract. Our attitude was that we were able to do it ourselves and save five dollars. Some things just don’t pay to do by yourself. A local business owner I know spends most of his time networking and spending time in the right places. He doesn’t have to be able to install a lock in ten minutes; he hires someone to do it. We have to have bigger shops that can hire skilled people.

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