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

HS Technology Group's impeccable balance of technical, business and people skills allowed it be a finalist for the 2012 SSI Installer of the Year award.



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Usually Jacks of all trades are masters of none, but quite the opposite is true for Pikesville, Md.-based HS Technology Group. The firm has diversified across commercial, residential, new construction, electrical and design divisions. It’s 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.”<p>The company teaches its clients that technology changes and equipment needs to be maintained.</p>

HS Technology’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 is also active with several industry groups.

“HS Technology 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 around children; however, we donate to others that we feel would benefit from our services as well.”

Article Topics
Business Management · Best of the Best · Features · HS Technology · Installer of the Year · SAMMY Awards · All Topics

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Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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