Best of the Best: HS Technology Courts ‘Customers for Life.’

By Scott Goldfine | July 02, 2012 | Security Sales and Integration Magazine

About The Competition

HS Tech Group avoids focusing its marketing efforts on singular products based on price, but rather integrated solutions that enable the firm to develop working relationships over longer periods of time.

Usually, Jacks of all trades are masters of none, but quite the opposite is true for Pikesville, Md.-based HS Tech Group.  The firm has diversified across commercial, residential, new construction, electrical and design divisions. Its impeccable balance of technical, business and people skills allowed it to capture 2012 SSI Installer of the Year (small to midsize company, >150 employees).

“For us, it’s all about the relationships you establish, and we work very hard to maintain them,” says Mark “Big Poppy” Recene, vice president, sales, and marketing. “We employ a full-time business development manager who visits new and existing trade partners on a daily basis. These partners range from general contractors, electrical contractors, architectural firms and more.”

The company teaches its clients that technology changes and equipment need to be maintained. HS Tech Group’s customer service features live operators as opposed to an automated attendant, often resolving issues via phone and remote access, and Customers for Life loyalty program.

Its alarm management practices include emphasizing installer/user training and implementing enhanced call verification (ECV)and GSM cellular technology on new installations. The firm keeps its associates motivated with many internal events, as well as charitable initiatives. HS Tech Group is also active with several industry groups.

“HS Tech Group is always looking for new and different ways to contribute to the community,” says President Stuart Forchheimer. “We tend to look for opportunities that focus on children; however, we donate to others that we feel would benefit from our services as well.”