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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2013, Posted On: 12/13/2012


Lock America's Chief Steps Down From Daily Operations, Promotes Employees


Emily Jed
Emily@vendingtimes.net
TAGS: Frank Minnella, LAI Group, Lock America International Inc., Lock America management change, Dan Walsh, Watson Visuwan, LAI chief executive, vending, vending machine locks, vending security, security lock business

CORONA, CA -- Frank Minnella, chief executive of Lock America International Inc., said he is stepping back from daily involvement in company operations and is moving into an advisory role. He has promoted Watson Visuwan to vice-president of marketing, who will assume many of Minnella's duties.

"I've been active in the security lock business for over 30 years, and it's time for a new generation to take over operations and marketing for Lock America," said Minnella.

Visuwan, who is moving up from sales manager, has served in many roles at Lock America over the past 15 years. He started as a teenager, packing orders and answering the phone. Over the years, he has mastered lock assembly and troubleshooting and computer and technical support, along with advertising production, business development and sales management.

Dan Walsh will succeed Visuwan as sales manager. He joined Lock America in 2011 as a sales associate and has a background in the amusement equipment industry. Minnella credited Walsh for developing and building accounts and supporting customers in Lock America's many markets, including amusements and vending.

"With the promotion of Dan Walsh to sales manager, and the development of the rest of our team, Watson has the resources to take the company into new markets while building on our success in our present businesses," said Minnella.

Lock America has developed and marketed a wide range of locks and security products for more than three decades. It serves the vending, amusement, coin-op, information destruction, newspaper distribution, recycling, self-storage and propane industries.


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