Ziptide, August 2016

Aug. 1, 2016

Father’s Day Tribute

The following two letters to the editor are responses to Editor-In-Chief Gale Johnson’s Father’s Day-themed Notes from the Editor enewsletter. Read the original article at Also, be sure to sign up to get our four enewsletters in your inbox every month.


Thanks for your continued editorials…which I look forward to reading each month.

It brought a smile  to me in remembering my Father’s relationship with Turn 10 Wholesale (1974 – 2000). I miss him with a smile in great memories (with a lot more positive times along with crazy heated “Father” non-flexibility viewpoints in between).

 Today, I can proudly accept that his hard work ethic and attention to details (to do the job right) are traits that have helped me adapt the business 2000 – present) as Turn 10 continues its focus with the dealer network for success.  Thanks Dad………. I will keep going to bat vs. being unethical and using a “ghost website” while selling direct to the end-users.

 Due to markets & product rapidly changing,   my hope is that Security Manufacturers will come to the reality that relationship business works best  vs.  the influx of amazon & e-bay selling against the local dealer network on price.

Our Dads would be in disbelief of E-selling locksmith products and the craziness of the up-coming Political 2016 election, compared to  their old-school beliefs where business relationships and ethics  

Enjoy your Father’s Day J and God bless you and your family.

Andy Miller

Turn  10 Wholesale


I thoroughly enjoyed your Father's Day message. I hope you don't mind if I share it. 

It really rang true and is a beautiful dedication to your Dad. Just wanted you to know it made my day.

Tom Gillespie CML, CIL, CCL

Starfleet Lock & Safe, Inc.

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