It’s long overdue, but today we begin to introduce ourselves to you. Our business depends upon earning your trust so that we can help you achieve peace of mind. To do that you ought to know something about us.
Steve, you’ve owned Karpilow Safe, Lock & Security for several years now. But safety and security are in your blood. Can you tell us some of the ways you’ve been involved in safety and security throughout your life and how that led you to Karpilow?
I trace my lifelong interest in safety and security back to when I was a kid, and I got involved in the martial arts. The ability to protect myself, my family, and my friends was important to me and it was nice that I was really good at it.
I began to teach martial arts when I was a teenager. Throughout my career, since the early 80’s, I must have taught over 1,000 students. During that time, I was Connecticut State champion in Taekwondo for 10 years and in 1988 was an alternative on the US Olympics Taekwondo team. Also throughout that time, I became very involved in fitness before it was trendy. I received a number of certifications.
Later, I used my skills professionally. I’ve trained police officers, crisis situations teams, and done a lot of security work, including being a personal bodyguard and working with teams of protection professionals. I’ve been a Certified Pistol Instructor since 1994.
One of my more interesting experiences was when I was called to guard a gasoline truck for a dialysis company in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I can’t help but think of Mad Max, but this was serious business. Employees needed to get to dialysis centers and so they needed to be able to fill up their gas tanks.
For many years I owned a retail martial arts supplies business. I used to also train out of that location. And it was there that the Karpilow opportunity came to me a few years ago. I was training a guy a few times a week and we used to talk about all kinds of things. One day, knowing my background and interests, he approached me to see if I was interested in buying Karpilow. While neither of us knew much about locksmithing per se, we saw the opportunity to create a business dedicated to safety and security. So we agreed to buy Karpilow.
Karpilow is the natural evolution of my passion for safety and security. My mission is to make Karpilow THE source for all products, services and solutions having to do with safety and security. I’ve learned a lot from our technicians, who have decades of experience and share that knowledge with our customers. We have young talent that helps us to stay ahead of the technology curve because there is a tremendous amount of information and change going on that can be confusing to customers. We want our customers to trust us to provide solutions. We are all about providing peace of mind.