“Invest in your people and your team, and
treat them the way you would want to be
treated. Do the right thing and it will come
back to you tenfold. We have always done
that and after 25 years we are very blessed
to be where we are.”
An entrepreneur from an early age, Robert Haecker has come a long way since he
started his first business Trixx Skate Shop at
age 14. The skateboard and apparel shop,
which first rented space inside a mini-mall toy
store and eventually grew into a free standing
building, had a regional following in the days
before the Internet, and solidified Haecker’s
desire to become a business owner.
When he entered the Ball State
Entrepreneurship Program, Haecker parted
ways with the skate shop and took a side job
at an audio-visual retail store. He began to
offer personal delivery and installation as part
of his sales pitch, and the idea for TRIPhase
was born. He wrote the business plan while
attending Ball State, and initially opened the
business in Cicero, renting a small building
with an office below and a showroom above.
To make ends meet, Haecker slept in the
showroom theatre on a pull out sofa, and
his wife Shanna, who was still attending Ball
State at the time, drove back and forth to
handle the office. “We wouldn’t be where
we are today without Shanna,” Haecker says,
adding that she has been an integral part of
TRIPhase since the beginning.
Haecker loves the ever-changing world of the
technology industry, and has carved a niche
with TRIPhase, offering turnkey, white glove,
concierge style services for complete home
automation and design. He remains involved
with the Ball State Entrepreneurship Program
as a mentor and board member, and in 2022
TRIPhase will host the program’s Evaluation
Day and alumni reception.
TRIPhase Technologies is located at 10960 Bennett Parkway in Zionsville. You can find them online at triphase-tech.com or follow @TRIPhaseTechnologies on Facebook and triphasetech on Instagram.
TRIPHASE TECHNOLOGIES, WITH ROBERT AND SHANNA HAECKER
The new Zionsville showroom says it all, with room after room of new and newer home technology tempting all the senses. Luxurious home theatres with advanced audio and video capabilities (complete with candy counters and popcorn carts), smart desks and bars with secret compartments, speakers masquerading as works of art (such as an Ente SoundTile for your Sonos® system), layered lighting schemes that can change to fit whatever mood you’re in…this is the forefront of home intelligence, and it’s right here in the Midwest.
Some of it seems straight out of science fiction, but everything in the showroom is available in real life. The name TRIPhase, however, did come from the 1990’s science fiction movie, Extreme Measures, starring Gene Hackman. A coincidence perhaps, but it stuck and still fits, Shanna says, noting the three phases of a TRIPhase system installation: pre-wire, trim out and final programming.
Robert wrote his business plan for TRIPhase while attending Ball State’s nationally ranked entrepreneurship program. Shanna, also a Ball State graduate, has been helping him steer the ship since before they were married, and they have been in this business for 25 years (literally in the business, sharing a home with their first showroom in the beginning). TRIPhase has evolved, adapting and integrating with the ever-shifting tech trends. But while Robert and Shanna are nimble amidst change, their commitment to quality and to their customers remains constant. “It’s been a wonderful ride,” Shanna exclaims. “It’s about the people, it’s about the industry, it’s about the technology and the way that people can live through their homes with what we offer that makes it so rewarding.”
Nestled in a 50-acre wooded property in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, the owners of this Colorado-inspired dream home had a clear design vision for their space — and a long list of technology to integrate into multiple rooms throughout. As is often the case, the tech-savvy husband and his interior designer wife had to find a middle ground that would accommodate everything on their technology wishlist while not interfering with the design of the space. Wanting their home to feel like a mountain lodge getaway, it was important to keep technology as unobtrusive as possible to maintain a sense of serenity in the space.
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When Indianapolis residents Mike and Liz Simmons couldn’t find a local automobile storage facility to warehouse their collection of classic, exotic and luxury cars, they took it upon themselves to build the city’s only premier automobile storage and social club, SILO Auto Club & Conservancy
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