The Art of Master Keying

March 5, 2024
Earn CEUs and get master keying tips at our March 5 webinar

This event was originally held on March 5, 2024
and is now available for on demand viewing.

Duration: 1 Hour
Sponsor: Medeco

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ALOA CEU Credit Offered  


In this roundtable discussion, subject matter experts will look at the history and current state of master keying, including current approaches and best practices for master keying, in addition to trends, challenges, and opportunities in this highly skilled area of locksmithing.









Ralph Forrest-Ball
Locksmith and Author

Ralph Forrest-Ball was a math teacher for 12 years before becoming a full-time locksmith. He joined ALOA in 1997 and earned the title of CML in 2009. From 2009 to 2019, he was the owner of Emerald City Locksmith in Eugene, Oregon, the winner of ALOA's Best Shop contest in 2011. He received the D'Adamo ACE Award in 2022 and is the author of “Mastering the Basics of Master Keying.”

Tyler J. Thomas
Security Engineering Consultants

Tyler J. Thomas, CJIL, CMKA, CRL is the President of Security Engineering Consultants in Atlanta, GA, where he and the company specialize in high security master key systems. He is also the Executive Producer of The Three Tumblers podcast and was the 2022 recipient of ALOA’s President’s Award.

Dale Bowman
Director of Business Development, OEM, and International Sales
Medeco Security Locks

Dale Bowman, CPP, PSP, PCI, CML, CPSP, LEED BD C, is the Director of Business Development, OEM, and International Sales at Medeco. He has more than 25 years of experience in the security industry. Bowman is a director of ALOA-AIL and served as secretary of the Institutional Locksmith Association. He earned a Master of Science in Security Management from John Jay College (CUNY) and holds a certificate of completion in executive leadership from Cornell University.

Moderator: Paul Ragusa
Senior Editor
Locksmith Ledger