Dave Fairbrother had been offered a veteransâ€™ educational benefit in 1974. Although he was married with two children and starting a career as an electronics technician, he didnâ€™t want to bypass the chance for free education. After looking into several options that might result in some part-time income, he came across an advertisement for The Foley-Belsaw Institute. The correspondence school offered education in several skills, including locksmithing.
What began as a sidelight for Fairbrother grew quicklyâ€”so quickly that, in five years, he was bringing home more money through locksmithing than at his full-time job. Fairbrother was able to turn this blessing into early retirement and devote himself full-time to A Good Locksmith.
Some of A Good Locksmithâ€™s more visible accounts have included FedEx, the City of Milwaukee impound lot (for more than 15 years), fast-food chains, U.S. military offices and a restaurant and clothing store owned by former Green Bay Packers stars Brett Favre and Reggie White, respectively. Anchors Away Travel in Milwaukee has employed A Good Locksmith for more than 30 years.
The business was built on honesty and dependability but sustained through knowledge. Fairbrother regularly attends seminars on various aspects of locksmithing and is a regular contributor to and reader of Internet forums and other websites, including clearstar.com. More than 30 years in the business certainly counts for something as well.
What Dave Fairbrother says:
About getting into locksmithing in 1974: â€œGod gave me the gift of being mechanically adept, to be able to look at something Iâ€™ve never seen before and be able to take it apart and put it back together again. I finished the entire correspondence course in three weeks. They later told me my scores ranked in the top 5 percent of any student who had ever finished that course.â€
About his stroke in 2001: â€œWhile I was recovering, I invented a tool that would allow me to pick a lock with one hand.â€
About why his business has grown: â€œThe more experience you have, the faster you can finish a job, and the more professional it can be. When you give people those things, theyâ€™ll tell their friends. A good reputation multiplies. Iâ€™ve always believed that.â€