Dear Locksmiths & Security Industry professionals,
A big thank you to everyone who attended the National Conference & Trade Expo on the Gold Coast last month. Over 500 people attended the event, making it one of our biggest conferences.
37 golfers enjoyed almost perfect weather for 18 holes at the Palmer Resort at Robina. The course is renowned for the number of trees on it, and while quite a few balls were lost, Scott Cairns (SYW), Warren Nelson (LSC), Adam Burling (Safe Central) & Neil Hayton (Grafton Locksmith Service) mastered the conditions to win the day with a net score of 58.375.
Ash Batchelor (Batch’s Locksmithing Services) was in fine form claiming both nearest the pin awards, and Rick McHutchison (Stan Wootton Locksmiths) took out the award for the longest drive.
The Association’s Annual General Meeting was attended by over 100 Members. National President Peter Lloyd spoke about the Association’s achievements over the past 12 months, as well some of the initiatives planned for 2018/19. All ordinary resolutions were passed unanimously.
Our Keynote speaker for the AGM was critical care paramedic Peter Davidson. Peter shared his own personal story about his efforts in rescuing 8 sailors from a stricken yacht during the ill-fated Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in 1998. A truly inspiring story from a real hero!
Futurist Steve Sammartino opened proceedings on the Friday morning with a terrific and thought-provoking Keynote, followed by a Q & A workshop. Our industry is certainly not immune from the challenges that result from new technologies, however, these challenges also represent opportunities. Steve spoke about the importance of embracing new technology and in making the most of one’s opportunities.
There were also plenty of skills and product sessions available to delegates. The Scoping the Wheels sessions conducted by Life Member Cliff Forrester, and the Picking & Impressioning classes conducted by John Fenech, both proved extremely popular.
The Trade Expo is an integral part of the Conference. Our exhibitors did a fantastic job in setting up their booths and in showcasing their latest products and services. Many use the conference to obtain important feedback to help with the development of new products and services for locksmiths and the security industry.
Special mention to Safe Central for sponsoring the Rod Loschiavo Safe Manipulation Challenge which was won by Michael Maloney from Lockyer Locks, and to Bramah for the wonderful display of antique and rare locks.
First time exhibitors included ISCS, Security 1, Upskilled, Immotech, Guardall and Australian Security Technologies.
The Gala Dinner & Awards night was attended by nearly 300 people.
Master of Ceremonies Brian Nankervis ensured that the evening ran smoothly, and he kept the audience thoroughly entertained.
Highlights of the evening include the announcement of Riley Davison from ASAP Locksmiths in Victoria as the John Andrew Apprentice of the Year for 2018, the awarding of Life Membership to former National President David Rees and the presentation of the Albert Chantry award to Life Member Cliff Forrester.
The Best Shop award went to Statewide Locksmiths in Victoria, and the Best Van to Argyle Locksmiths in Goulburn.
The annual Future of Locksmithing award provided our TAFE’s with over $50,000 worth of equipment.
Special thanks to our award sponsors LSC, Silca, ABUS, Lock & Key, Keyline, EVVA, Lagard and SG Locks.
Once again, a big thank you to everyone who attended the National Conference & Trade Expo and helped make it the great success that it was.