Meet the People Making Mr. Rekey a Reality
Ken Jennings - CEO
With more than 35 years of business experience, Kenneth Jennings has vast industry knowledge and is also the founder of more than 40 businesses. He is currently the CEO of many successful businesses including America’s Largest Residential Locksmith® company.
At the young age of 13, Ken’s entrepreneurial spirit became apparent when he started his first business selling garden seeds door-to-door. By the age of 16, he was running his own pizza business. Several years down the road (and more than just a few ventures later), he launched Texas Rekey Locksmith Company out of the back of his car. The company eventually expanded outside of Texas and transitioned into Mr. Rekey Locksmith Services. His vision was to provide service to a niche market in the residential and commercial locksmith industry. He wanted to do this by rekeying rather than replacing locks, thereby saving time and money. As of 2017, the Mr. Rekey brand exists in 30 major markets from coast to coast and is actively awarding franchise opportunities with the Mr. Rekey Locksmith franchise.
Ken is not only the CEO of Mr. Rekey Locksmith, he is also an active real estate investor and more. In 2008, he founded Mr. Garage Door, a multi-city garage door service company, and in 2012, he formed Mr. Property Reports (now OnSight PROS). He is still the active CEO of both companies.
Ken mentors numerous entrepreneurs and is an avid student of both business and investment. In his spare time (which he somehow manages to find between all his other endeavors), he enjoys traveling and playing tennis.
Peter Hernandez - National Sales Director
Peter has been with Mr. Rekey for nearly ten years, starting as Regional Sales Manager in Texas, where the company started. He was promoted to National Sales Director and is in charge of sales growth nationwide.
Gerald Lewis- National Service Manager
Gerald started with Mr. Rekey as a locksmith technician and was promoted to National Service Manager based on his exemplary performance and knowledge of the locksmith business. He currently manages and supports the service managers and technicians in each of the 30 major markets in which Mr. Rekey operates.
Jaakko Talvitie - CFO
Jaakko Talvitie, CPA, CHAE, is a seasoned and driven senior accounting professional equipped with more than 35 years of executive experience in reporting, accounting, forecasting, budget control, contract negotiations, and financial analysis. He is a vital member of the Mr. Rekey team, having extensive professional experience in hospitality, as well as consumer products manufacturing & distribution as Controller and CFO.
Andrew Martinez - CTO
Andrew serves in a vital role on the Mr. Rekey team in the day-to-day information technology operations of the company. He has several certifications from CompTIA and Cisco with additional expertise drawn from real-world experience. Master of all things electronic, he maintains and troubleshoots all of the software and hardware necessary to keep Mr. Rekey up and running. He oversees all IT-related projects and monitors the network infrastructure to keep office technology up-to-date and operating efficiently.
Eli Bustos - Operations Manager
Having served as Finance Manager in a previous career, Eli used his savvy business acumen and made a career shift to the role of Operations Manager at Mr. Rekey Locksmith. He played a large part in establishing Wolfe Hardware, as well as many of the policies currently in operation at both Wolfe Hardware and Mr. Rekey Locksmith today. Recently, Eli has proven his career growth by leading a team of more than 50 field-based personnel. He did this during the busiest season in Mr. Rekey history and ensured that every Service Level Agreement was met on time. He now serves as the Operations Manager.
PJ Guarino - National Accounts Manager
PJ has been a member of the Mr. Rekey team for more than five years. After managing the entire Texas Region, he was promoted to National Accounts Manager and fosters relationships with Mr. Rekey's national customers, most of which are property management companies and hedge funds.