Name: Zeke Wolfskehl, DAHC EHC
Company, Location, and Years of Service:
Consultant, Retired from Ingersoll Rand, New York City, 7 years
Current Position: Retired and consulting
Summary of Previous Industry Experience: Always on the manufacturing side, first with Corbin; then with The MacKenzie Group, reps for Von Duprin and Rixson; then with Glezen Fisher Group, reps for Von Duprin and LCN, then with IR. Active with DHI both local and national. Working knowledge of building codes and standards.
Total Years in the Industry: 37 so far
How did you get your start in the door and hardware industry?
Took a job through an employment agency for a sales training position with Corbin, a division of Emhart.
Who have been mentors to you during your career?
George MacKenzie and Bob Spargo
What changes have you seen in the industry over the years?
Consolidation, simplification and loss of expertise.
What’s the best part of your current job?
The need for expertise in the door and hardware business
What career would you pursue if you weren’t working in the hardware industry?
What’s your favorite hardware-related product?
Things with wires sticking out of them.
What would your colleagues/customers be surprised to learn about you?
I can be friendly.
What’s your proudest accomplishment?
What do you like to do in your free time?
Boating, riding bike and reading novels.
What words of wisdom would you give to people entering the industry?
Become an expert in products and product applications, especially those that are not run of the mill, and be an expert in all things with wires related to physical security. Don’t get stuck behind a desk doing take offs!!! Know the building codes. Strive to become a consultant, not a hardware order taker.
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For a number of years Zeke worked out of the Thornwood office, which was right around the corner from my facility. Even though our door hardware was from a competitor, Zeke was always there to help us whenever we had a problem or question.
Thank you Zeke!
Thanks for the comment, Chuck! Zeke is one of my mentors and favorite people.
This profile made my Day! Especially the quote “I can be friendly”. Zeke is a guy that always provides factual information, drawing from a deep level of expertise.
He truly deserved the designation DAHC.
Where is Zepeda these days? I found myself thinking about him this morning and found this on a Google search.
Happily retired! 🙂