The HDS Story
HDS is a corporate branded merchandise / marketing services firm begun in 1992 by founder and CEO, Howard Schwartz. That year, in modest style (actually in a bedroom of his parent’s home), he established the HDS operational strategy and company headquarters – driven by a vision for achieving success.
His vision, in three words … Honesty, Dedication, & Service … constituted the core of what he believed every prospective corporate client wanted and needed to realize the latent potential from their promotional merchandise marketing efforts.
This belief has proven itself time and again through 22 years of substantial growth. Today, HDS ranks in the Top 1% of corporate branded merchandise distributors with a client base of 550+, ranging in size from local to regional to national, and including Fortune 1000 and global corporate clients, and annual sales reaching $15 million.
It has also resulted in industry recognition…
– Counselor’s Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year (2014)
– Pittsburgh Business Times Best Places to Work (2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
– Counselor’s Best Places to Work (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
– Inc. 500/5000 List (2013, 2014)
– Pittsburgh Business Times Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies (2013, 2014)
The current HDS tagline – “Ideas. Innovation. Integrity.” – represents HDS becoming a more incisive marketer. It’s an evolution of our corporate vision, mission and philosophy combined. It’s our brand value viewpoint on how to develop merchandise programs. HDS provides product selections to reflect client brands in terms of expressing personality, character and culture; and then, how to resourcefully use the merchandise to create a corporate brand experience for every audience.