As Groucho Marx once said, “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” Dogs have brought joy and love into humans’ lives for centuries, serving as loyal companions, hard workers, and best friends. While millions of people, including over half of U.S. households, experience the rewards of pet ownership, some, like Aaron Wesley Smith of Orange County, CA, have an extra special bond with and appreciation for their four-legged friends.

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Aaron Wesley Smith

Aaron Wesley Smith, president of Retrolock Construction and former president of AMI Hospitality, an interior finish company in Las Vegas, is known as much for his construction and business acumen as his dedication to animal welfare. In addition to being a lifetime dog owner, as a businessman, he was always ahead of his time in the dog-friendly office movement. …

Retrolock executives joined with business associates from Shawmut Design and Construction and a throng of other Los Angeles-area movers and shakers when they participated in the Seventh Annual Avison Young/Posse Foundation Golf Tournament, held at Calabasas Country Club near Los Angeles on Sept. 16.

A leader in construction and interior finishes, Retrolock (RLC) gives back to the community by contributing to numerous charitable and philanthropic concerns in Southern California, but the Posse Foundation is special, said RLC CEO Tania Tomyn.

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One of RLC’s partners, Shawmut Design and Construction, has long been involved with the Posse Foundation, Tomyn said. Once Tomyn’s friends at Shawmut told her about the Posse Foundation’s mission — placing multicultural teams of overlooked, high-achieving public high school students (a “posse”) into colleges on full scholarships — the family-oriented Tomyn became a big supporter, along with her spouse, Aaron Smith. …

Tania Tomyn, CEO of Retrolock Corporation (also known as Retrolock and RLC), is proud to announce that Retrolock Corporation has successfully on-boarded 10 new employees in the month of August 2019. Retrolock is an interior finish and sub-contracting company that is thriving as a leader in interior finish scopes and continues to take on high-profile projects in California. The interior scopes include doors, frames, hardware, finish carpentry, millwork, and access control. Accordingly, Retrolock Corporation is attracting and hiring top industry performers to support its dynamic growth. …

Former President of AMI Hospitality, Aaron Smith, welcomed furry friends in the office long before the trend of dog-friendly workspaces was popular. He believes employees at his interior finish company will be encouraged to adopt more animals who are in dire need of a loving home. Having the flexibility and freedom to care for pets while at work is both a fun and life-saving perk.

Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace is also of great benefit to the health of employees. It makes people happier, lowers stress levels, and improves productivity. Better communication in the office is also a great perk, as pets promote new interactions that may have otherwise never happened.

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The construction industry is comprised of many various components that must come together in order to produce a beautiful and on the budget interior in high rise projects today. One of the most important components (doors, frames, hardware, millwork, finish carpentry, low voltage), yet often the least thought about, is the interior finish solution via design-build. One company’s President, Aaron Smith of Retrolock of Orange, CA., is “changing the standard”. Traditionally these projects wait until there is just a short amount of time to price. Usually, this creates cost over-runs and to hit the budget in most cases value engineering is required. …

Making the decision to adopt a pet is a big responsibility, but one businessman in California is making it easier than ever for his employees to save a furry life. Former President of AMI Hospitality, Aaron Wesley Smith, has long implemented policies at his finish and hardware company allowing employees to bring their dogs into the office. By providing employees with pet perks, Aaron Smith is advocating for the adoption of more shelter animals in need of a reliable family.

For more than a decade, Aaron Wesley Smith of Michigan has supported the SPCA, a non-profit organization that has shelters around the world for pets in need of homes. His passion for helping animals has also made a big impact in his community and in the lives of those who count on shelter services. According to, around 1.5 million pets are euthanized every single year in the United States alone. Without the support of donors like Aaron Wesley Smith, shelters would not be able to cover operating costs that are required in the pet rehoming process. …

When you think of door frames and interior finishes, glamorous is probably not the first word that comes to your mind. These small details, however, are such an important element in the construction process. Installing doors, frames, hardware, and millwork means crossing over into many other trades like drywall and low voltage wiring. Choosing the wrong company could lead to an endless amount of issues and problems, especially for large, high-profile projects.

For the last 25 years, Aaron Smith has been working as an Executive on high-rise buildings across major United States cities such as Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin Texas, and many others. There’s a good chance you’ve recently seen one of the mega projects completed by Aaron Smith’s company in the form of a casino, skyscraper, or entertainment venue. Despite his company’s impressive turnkey services being requested from around the country, Aaron Smith, formerly of Henderson Nevada, has focused multi-housing and high-rise operations out Los Angeles and San Francisco. …


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Aaron Wesley Smith, formerly of Michigan, is the president and driving force of Retrolock Corp (RLC)

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