Mark Ames, founder/owner/operator of A-1 Lock Service starting working as a locksmith in 1974, as an apprentice to his father Earl Ames, founder of Ames Locksmith. After 2 years of working side by side with his dad, all the while gaining valuable experience and knowledge of locksmithing, Mark and his wife Sandra, established A-1 Lock Service in October, 1976.
At that time, Mark and Sandra had a little boy, Ryan (who is now an automotive locksmith expert). Because of they’re new addition, they operated as a home based business, and provided mobile service only, specializing in automotive locksmithing.
As time went on, they had a little girl Tiffany, (who is presently an administrative assistant for the company), and continued to be a home based business, in order for Sandra to be at home with the children, while running the business.
Several years later, Mark expanded the business by adding steering column repair. Before long he became a specialist, and eventually started a division called A-1 Forensic Lock Service, specializing in forensic investigations of ignitions and columns.
Through the years Mark taught his son Ryan about the business and in 1993, Ryan joined the company as an apprentice. After a very short time, he was on his own, as a full service locksmith, specializing in automotive locksmithing.
In 2000, a few years after Mark's father, Earl Ames, passed away, Mark took over his father's business, Ames Locksmith. He then moved all the businesses to 2121 W. Sylvania Ave, opening a locksmith store, (Ames Locksmith), operated by his sister Gwen (Ames) Baker.
Mark is now a certified forensic locksmith and a licensed investigator. He is currently a member of: *Associated Locksmiths of America, *Ohio Auto Theft Investigators' Association-Board Member, *International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, *National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, * International Association of Investigative Locksmiths, Inc.
As president, Mark operates the business, with wife Sandra, vice president/general manager, son Ryan, full service locksmith/auto expert, daughter Tiffany, manager assistant/college student, and Ryan Perry, full service locksmith/specializing in commercial locksmithing, who joined the company 10 years ago, and also works for Mark’s company Ames Locksmith.
Mark is dedicated to his businesses and to his family, and strives for customer satisfaction.
A-1 LOCK SERVICE
2121 W. Sylvania, Toledo OH, 43613 * 419-244-7404 Fax: 419-843-4724