About Us

About Us | HTR

Hartford Technology Rental was founded in 1991 by a couple of financial guys who really understand customer service and who have spent 80 years between them exceeding their customer's expectations. We've surrounded ourselves with a team of extraordinary people who share our two founders' vision of caring about customers, of providing first class technology rental products and service, and whose expectations for performance are second to none.

We’re guided by a set of core beliefs:

  • Integrity: We adhere to the highest standards of business ethics.
  • Service Excellence: We will provide the level of service we’d want for ourselves.
  • Teamwork: We all share together in our collective fate.
  • Innovation: We continually look for ways to innovate and improve.
  • Economic Value: We deliver excellent value while meeting our profit objectives.

What We Do

At Hartford Technology Rental, we’ve got a saying that even though we all spend the better part of each day talking, thinking and living technology rental equipment, it's really service that we sell. That's where our tag line comes from: "Not just equipment."

Our job is to make your life easier – at least in the area of technology. We can and do provide technology rental equipment – lots of it – and we will make sure it's new, well cared-for and from industry-leading manufacturers. But more importantly, we’ll help you make it work for your event, conference or office use.

We have a passion for details and will execute flawlessly. Hartford Technology Rental focuses on innovative and creative solutions so that, at all levels of our company, we will act like partners and think like innovators.

Oh, and did we mention that we really like what we do? That is offering technology rental products and solutions!

When you need a technology rental provider who understands the importance of providing excellent customer service and excellent value, contact Hartford Technology Rentals.

Client Testimonials

  • I have yet to encounter a member of your team that has not gone out of their way to be helpful, accommodating and a delight to deal with (yourself included). You should be proud of what you have assembled.
    Ron
    Document Review Company
  • The setup was great. I’m sorry I forgot the gentleman’s name who setup the Ballroom but he was great.
    Mallina
    Washington Event Company
  • Pricing is always a challenge for us in the event technology space but Hartford is great to work with and will price match and negotiate to meet the clients needs when necessary. I would whole heartedly recommend Hartford to anyone as a dependable partner for event and technology needs in any situation.
    Norman
    Event Planning Company
  • Hartford Technology Rentals has provided superb service and timely responses to my questions and requests – the computers and camcorders arrived at the specified date so we can concentrate on other issues related to our event.
    Randa
    University of Alabama
  • I’m so sorry I’m tardy in telling you … Your team is Great!!! Thanks so much for being so accommodating on the New York set up and adding Relativity at the last moment like you did. Gisele was very happy with your tech’s work, and from what I gather everything went off without a hitch. Great Work!!
    Shanna
    Document Review Company

Who We Are

Sandy Allard Sandy Allard - Comptroller

Sandy's distinguished career in the equipment rental and leasing business spans three decades. She currently serves as Hartford Technology Rental's comptroller and is responsible for all accounts receivable, payables and generally all financial matters. In addition she maintains most of the company's vendor relationships and acts as our contact for customer financial matters of all sorts. Prior to HTR, she held a number of financially oriented jobs including serving as the Chief Operating Officer of a leading technology repair company.

Among other things beyond the office, she has taught accounting at a Chicago area university and coaches one heck of a girls' softball team.

Mark Ferro - Regional Sales Manager Mark Ferro - Regional Sales Manager

As Regional Sales Manager at Hartford Technology Rental, Mark has an extensive technical background, loves solving problems, and brings 17 years experience in providing total solutions to all types of businesses for short-term rental projects. After a nine year stint, opening and then running the Washington DC office for a publicly held competitor of ours, Mark opened HTR’s Washington DC office. The quintessential entrepreneurial manager, Mark leads from the trenches with an accomplished and experienced team who are committed to making sure your next short-term project is a success.

Problems, obstacles, an upcoming project where you're not sure what you need and are looking for fresh ideas? No problem. Mark is the consummate idea man who thrives on the challenges that complex events and short-term rental projects sometimes bring.

Anthony R. Graffia - Co-CEO Anthony R. Graffia - Co-CEO

Tony co-founded HTR in 1991 and serves as its co-CEO. From 1978 through 2005, he started, served as Chairman, and then sold one of the largest computer leasing companies in the Midwest, and he still serves as Chairman of several successor technology companies. From 1973 to 1978, Tony was Treasurer of Mutual Leasing Associates, Inc., a Chicago-based regional leasing company and prior to that was a staff auditor with Grant Thornton. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

His vast experience in the manufacturing and marketing of technology products provides HTR with extraordinary leadership, financial discipline and creativity in analyzing and structuring sophisticated solutions for our customers.

Dan Kallen - Vice President of Sales Dan Kallen - Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Dan brings over 20 years of sales and expert project management to your doorstep.

After working for NBC for five years, Dan joined Hartford Technology Rental's Chicago office. During his ten years with Hartford, he has structured complex equipment, audio visual and communications packages for large trade show events, Fortune 500 companies, and lots and lots of much smaller organizations. In addition, he currently serves as President of the computer and audio/visual rental industry's largest trade association, The International Technology Rental Association, headquartered in Pittsburgh.

Whether you need a single laptop or on-site project management at a large event, Dan will give you his full attention to ensure every detail goes as smoothly as possible. Plain and simple, customer service is the single most important aspect of Dan’s job.

Peter Kutrumanes - General Manager Peter Kutrumanes - General Manager

As General Manager of Hartford Technology Rental, Pete brings over 18 years of experience in IT and AV related projects. Prior to joining HTR, Peter was an assistant trader at Comdisco, one of the largest IT service and leasing companies in the world. Following his stint at Comdisco, he joined ICC Enterprises as Vice President and Director of Operations, where he was instrumental in growing it into one of the country's largest IT and A/V rental companies. He has been with Hartford a dozen years.

Such extensive, hands-on experience has helped him be sensitive to the needs of our clients and fully comprehend the complex business-related issues that are part of our industry. His goal has always been to make your event or project worry free. It takes a lot of knowledge to do that.

In the small amount of time we let him out of the office, Pete volunteers his time with several feed-the-poor organizations. He is a board member for not-for-profit community organizations such as The Hellenic American Academy and Chicagoland’s oldest Greek Orthodox Church.

John B. Ward - Co-CEO John B. Ward - Co-CEO

As co-founder and co-CEO, John has invested 40 years in being an entrepreneur. During his career, he has started five companies and served on numerous corporate, university, association and charitable boards. Currently Hartford benefits from his focus on sales and customer service and his unwavering attention to detail. His broad industry knowledge has helped shape Hartford into an organization that offers not only the best technology rental equipment in the industry but also the most attentive service.

His commitment to customers has led us to adopt an approach to business summarized in John's words as: "Think like your customer's partner, not just his supplier. That's why we're in business."