Our Staff

Chris Christie: Owner, ALOA #55250

Chris Christie: Owner, ALOA #55250

Chris was immersed in the locksmith business early in childhood and throughout adolescence. In young adulthood, he pursued a career in the military for a total of 12 years, beginning with service in the United States Army. Chris then served with Army National Guard, where he deployed to Iraq. He subsequently served in the Air National Guard. He continued to work for Able Locksmiths as available during his tenures with National Guard and Air National Guard. He chose not to reenlist so that he could focus on his growing family.

 

Chris focuses on the development and growth of Able Locksmiths. He engages in community networking and building partnerships within the industry. He is also Able Locksmiths’ leading Safe Technician (a part of this is safe cracking).

 

Certifications:

Lockmasters:

GSA Certified Safe & Vault Technician

GSA Inspector Certification

Combination Lock Manipulation

LKM7000 Series of SCIF Locks

LKM10K Series of SCIF Locks

 

KABA MAS:

Installation & Operation of X09

Installation & Operation of X10

 

Sargent & Greenleaf:

Model 2740 Series A and B Electronmechanical Safe Lock

Medeco:

KeyMark x4 Design and Servicing Medeco Locks Certificate Number 00010611001;

SecuRam

SafeLogic Series of safe lock

SafeLogic  Xtreme Emp Proof Safe Lock

 

Education:

Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc. (ALOA):

Fundamentals of Locksmithing

Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI):

Associate’s Degree in Firearms Technology

Harcourt Learning Direct:

Gunsmith Course

Private Investigation

Chester Christie: Founder

Certified Registered Locksmith, ALOA Member, 40+ Years of Experience

Chester began his locksmithing career at Automotive Industrial (now closed). In 1979 he founded Able Locksmiths with the support of his talented wife, Barb. Chester managed Able Locksmiths until he passed on May 13, 2017, at the age of 67.

Barb Christie: Owner

Barb Christie: Owner

Barb lived in Germany for two and a half years as a young adult, working at the Military Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany.

Barb began her management career in 1972 when she moved from Michigan to Maryland to manage the Fabric Department at Aerly’s Department Store in the Fredericktown Mall.

She furthered her career in 1973, when she became the Opening Store Manager of  JoAnne Fabrics.

Barb was well equipped to assist her husband with the creation of Able Locksmiths, LLC in 1979.

Barb has also held supervisory positions within the American Red Cross in their Disaster Assessment teams, spanning 1999-2009. Barb was a member of one of the teams that deployed to the Pentagon on September 12, 2001.

Barb has also been a Chief Election Judge in the Ballenger Creek Voting District for the past 10 years. She was an Election Judge in this district for 10 years prior to this.

 

Barb now manages the day to day operation of Able Locksmiths.

She is an accomplished seamstress and has raised two excellent and successful children. She is now a proud grandmother to 5 beautiful grandchildren.

Shon Andrews: Locksmith

Shon Andrews: Locksmith

Shon is Able Locksmiths’ first employee and has been with the company since 1989. He is experienced in managing large Master Key Systems in college campuses, hospital campuses, apartment buildings and businesses. He is proficient with Medeco, Best, and IC cores of all formats. Shon is a knifemaker / bladesmith and oversees the of sharpening knives at Able Locksmiths.

 

Certifications:

Medeco

KeyMark x4 Design and Servicing Medeco Locks

KABA

Installation & Operation of the X-09

Sargent and Greenleaf

Model 2740 Series A Electronmechanical Safe Lock

Locksmaster

LKM7000 Series of SCIF Locks

David Fikar: Locksmith, Safe Technician, SAVTA #62756

David Fikar: Locksmith, Safe Technician, SAVTA  #62756

David joined Able Locksmiths in 2006,, after completing his enlistment with the United States Air Force, where he served in the Security Forces from 2000-2006. He enjoys working on antique locks and manufacturing parts to repair them. He is knowledgeable about car and motorcycle locks. David is one of Able’s GSA Inspectors and Technicians. He is one of the employees expanding Able’s product line to include knives and camping gear, and is also a hobby blacksmith.

 

Certifications:

Lockmasters

GSA Certified Safe & Vault Technician

GSA Inspector Certification

Combination Lock Manipulation

LKM7000 Series of SCIF Locks

LKM10K Series of SCIF Locks

Medeco

KeyMark x4 Design and Servicing Medeco Locks

KABA

Installation & Operation of the X-09

Installation & Operation of the X-10

Sargent and Greenleaf

Model 2740 Series A and B  Electromechanical Safe Lock Factory Training  

Securitron

Selection, Site Survey, Wiring, Installation & Programming of Electric Locking Equipment

Clark

Fire and Life Safety Codes

SecuRam

SafeLogic Series of safe lock

SafeLogic  Xtreme Emp Proof Safe Lock

Ron Hoffman: Security Professional

Ron Hoffman: Security Professional

Originally from Kensington, Maryland, Ron started out as a coin-operated equipment technician, repairing pinball machines and restoring antique jukeboxes.  In 1986, Ron graduated from the Human Resource Research Organization Technical Education Center in Rockville and began working in electronics. He took the next step in his career, owning his own independent retail digital photo lab for over seven years. He then spent several years as a Service Writer in the motorcycle service industry. Ron came to Able Locksmiths in 2017.

Rob Leins: Security Professional

Rob Leins: Security Professional

Rob is our newest apprentice. He is currently enrolled in the locksmith course at Prince George’s Community College, while reinforcing his education by working alongside us in the field. He’s a bit of a nerd with a love for tabletop role-playing games and tinkering with small objects.

Chester Christie: Founder

Chester Christie: Founder

Certified Registered Locksmith, ALOA Member, 40+ Years of Experience

Chester began his locksmithing career at Automotive Industrial (now closed). In 1979 he founded Able Locksmiths with the support of his talented wife, Barb. Chester managed Able Locksmiths until he passed on May 13, 2017, at the age of 67.

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