Apprentice finds the key to success |

Apprentice finds the key to success

Wayne Winton at work.
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How did your business start?

After an apprenticeship with the original owner, I realized how much I enjoyed the profession, and the business was purchased. A few changes have been made to the company to accommodate our growing customer base, and things are only looking up from here.

What do you sell?

All aspects of locksmith services, safe maintenance and repair as well as installation, residential door locks including electronic keyless entry, rekey and repair of existing door locks, car lockout service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a member of the Safe and Vault Technicians Association I am very qualified in all brands of safe repair, and as a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America and the Better Business Bureau, I am a well-trusted locksmith for any other services needed, business, residential, or automotive.

What positive lessons did you learn during the recession?

You never know what is around the corner, be thankful for the things you do have and always jump at new opportunities.

What strategy do you use to hire good people?

Potential new hires would have to be very honest, have a self-motivating work ethic, and the most important thing would be excellent customer service skills. It is important that my customers are satisfied with the work that is done.

What is your strategy for growth in the next year?

I work hard to make the Tri County Locksmith Service name the first one customers think of when they need a locksmith. I would like for the whole Roaring Fork Valley to benefit from the services I can provide.

What is the best thing about running a business here?

The people! The valley has a unique ecosystem that is based on great local people and a diverse tourist crowd. Meeting new and interesting people every day is not something you find in all careers.

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