We’re Building Security
Glavin Security Specialists is a locksmith and security company in Chicago. We focus on providing commercial locksmith services to large institutions, including office buildings, medical centers, universities, retail businesses, hotels, and other facilities. We at Glavin give our customers more than just locksmith services; we deliver business solutions and peace of mind.
Glavin has served the Chicagoland area since 1953. We have recently celebrated our 67th Birthday and would like to thank all who have supported us through the years. The company was purchased by Tom and his wife, Pat, from Tom’s father in 1978 and have since continued the tradition of superior service. The Glavin family’s life work has been the security business with an emphasis on quality, trust and professional standards.
To all of our customers, thank you again for your continued business, as always, we appreciate your loyalty to Glavin Security Specialists.
Building Owners Management Association
Associated Locksmiths of America
Distributor Advisory Board
Past Board Member
Past Small Business Council Co-Chair
Illinois Department of Financial
and Professional Regulation
Private Detective, Private Alarm,
Private Security and Locksmith
Past Board Member and Vice-Chair
International Union of Operating Engineers
All Glavin locksmiths Local 399 members
Glavin teaches the locksmith course
for the union
Fire and Egress Door Assembly Inspection (FDAI)
- BOMA/Chicago – Affiliate of the Year (2007)
- Illinois Security Chiefs Association – Chairman’s Award (2007)
- Chief Engineers Association – Affiliate of the Year (2006-2007)
- Greater Chicagoland Locksmith Association – Locksmith of the Year (1981)
Glavin locksmiths hold the following certifications:
- Certified Master Locksmith (CML), Associated Locksmiths of America
- Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL), Associated Locksmiths of America
- Certified Fire Door Assembly Inspector (FDAI), Door and Hardware Institute
For the past 34 years, Tom’s responsibilities have been to maintain the quality of Glavin’s services, relationships and financial position. Tom’s most rewarding work comes from solving problems with his team and his clients. The best business advice that he has received is “take care of the people that take care of you.” The advice came from Tom’s father and it characterizes how he structures the Glavin Security Specialists business. Tom’s longevity in the industry has been highlighted by his involvement within key organizations. He currently holds positions on the BOMA Chicago Board, the BOMA Chicago Security Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Tom’s favorite location in the city is the lakefront: “The most valuable 18 miles of real estate in our beautiful city is open to everyone. Whether you’re rich or poor, whether you’ve been in Chicago five minutes or five generations it’s yours to enjoy.”
Owner and Managing Partner
Pat’s focus is on making Glavin a safe and rewarding place to work. She primarily works on HR items, building facilities and accounts payable. Pat considers the team as a part of her family and what gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment is that Glavin has many team members who have worked in the company for over twenty years. The best advice Pat has been given are “Be patient” and “Never use the words, ‘I’ll never.'”
Pat’s favorite Chicago activities are walking along the lakefront as well as eating at all of the great Chicago restaurants with her best friend, Tom.
Project Manager and Trainer
Over her time with the company, Meg Glavin’s contributions to the team have been varied and include: creating a new database, maintaining the key records for Glavin’s oldest customer, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, as well as keeping the company policies and procedures current. Meg currently runs training for Glavin team members and technicians on processes, products, and policies. She also works closely with her father, Tom Glavin, on Security Control Pathway™. Meg has been avidly learning all aspects of the family business. Both Tom and Pat Glavin take time to coach Meg through the challenges and rewards of running a company.
Meg is a member of the BOMA Chicago Emerging Leader sub-committee and is involved with the Loyola University Chicago Alumni. Outside of the office, Meg loves to quilt, cook, travel and spend time with her family. Meg’s favorite place in the city is the roof of the John Hancock, “The city is so peaceful from 103 floors up!”
Kelvin’s career with Glavin his work has always been focused on customer service. Initially, Kelvin worked at Glavin in the retail store, answering phones and listening to the customer’s issues. Finding that he enjoyed visualizing the problems and developing solutions, Kelvin moved on to working on accounts first-hand. He now spends his time doing the work he finds the most rewarding; working directly with customers to find and apply solutions that meet their needs.
Some of the best advice that Kelvin has received is to focus his attention on things that he can control: “If I can’t affect it or direct it. I accept it.” Kelvin is also involved with education at the local 399 Union where he teaches locksmith classes.
Kelvin loves Chicago in its entirety, especially the sports teams. “I love our sports teams because of their hard work and team mentality.” Aside from the energy of Chicago sports, Kelvin enjoys the lakeshore and the parks because they are peaceful and relaxing.
Lead Technician and Estimator
Jason’s work with Glavin is multi-faceted. As Glavin’s lead technician and estimator, he provides professional solutions to the security needs of our customers while supervising the production of Glavin products and services. His expertise covers door hardware, access control, and camera systems. What Jason loves about his work is using the wealth of knowledge he’s built up to provide solutions that exceed customer expectations.
The best advice Jason has ever received is that if you have not failed, then you have not tried. The skyline is his favorite aspect of Chicago and he enjoys the fact that his job allows him to see views of the city from many different buildings.
Alan’s work with Glavin encompasses customer solutions for key systems, door systems as well as electronic security. Already a seasoned security professional, he was eager to join the Glavin Team and have the opportunity to work and grow with a well-respected company. Alan is a member of ASIS International.
The best advice Alan has ever received is “tell the truth, it’s easier to remember.” Like a true Chicagoan, his favorite aspects of the city are the Cubs games and the lakefront.