Customer Testimonials

SHRM
I cannot thank you all enough for your support and help over the past several days !!!  Thank you to Joe Harre, Steve Grimsley and Chris Somers for their outstanding help both remotely and onsite, during our circuit issues over a long Holiday weekend.  We were back in business in record time and had a work around within 24 hours.

Now I can tell others WHY your organization is considered one of a few Top Workplace winners by The Washington Post for 2014  – it shows in your team spirit and your attention to detail with your customers.

Thank you – Thank you – Thank you !!!!

- Kathy

Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital
I want to pass along my heartfelt thanks for the support from ARG today.  Our Waldorf office went off line yesterday.  I was contacted by Windstream but expected my managed service provider to contact me as well and take the lead.  They didn’t and I started working with Windstream today.  It’s a router problem.  When I started getting frustrated with the lack of progress I called into ARG’s support line.  Joe answered the call and proceeded to take the whole issue off my hands.  He kept me updated all afternoon and has helped to get someone onsite.  I couldn’t keep someone onsite until 6:30 pm tonight to meet the tech so he made arrangements for them to arrive at 8:00 am tomorrow morning so we can be up and running (hopefully) when the office opens on 9:00 am.  I know I will arrive at the office tomorrow morning and find an update from Joe waiting for me.

I know this is standard operating procedure for ARG but I wanted you to know and Steve to know on Joe’s behalf, what a pleasure it is working with your group.

- Laura

Foxhall Internists

ARG has been a great asset to me as an IT Manager, as well as to the practice. Their inside connections with many of the major internet and phone service providers has allowed for a smooth transition from one provider to the next, all while saving our practice time and money. I no longer have to worry about sitting on hold with support or waiting hours for an issue to be resolved. ARG takes care of monitoring any issues that may arise and updates when progress is made and/or when the issue has been resolved.

-Nicole

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
With great personal pleasure, I write to thank ARG for their assistance with our recent telephone system installation and upgrade.

ARG played an important role in our recent phone and voice mail installation, leading us through the process carefully and thoughtfully. Their good partnerships with communication vendors will result in our organization saving a significant amount of money during this, and future, fiscal years.

The ARG staff was responsible, timely and courteous, and delivered all that was promised. Mr. Idris Odutoye and Ms. Gina Pickett were especially knowledgeable, professional and extremely helpful.

Many thanks, again, for a job very well done.

- Joy

N Street Village
We get much better information and service by using our communications broker/manager, ARG, as a starting point; they can translate the technical jargon and give objective understanding, without having to navigate the voicemail tree of XO.

- Tim

Avectra
Our ARG representative, Joe Harre, is always there for us. He responds afterhours from the road, from his car or wherever. It is tough to get service like that anywhere. He keeps our vendors straight and we can always relay on ARG and Joe to give us a hand in those times when things get tough. Many thanks to ARG for their great support!

- Bob

Learning Tree International
Just wanted to let you all know that I was thoroughly happy with the service that Bop provided at our Rockville cut.  He wasn’t originally scheduled and so wasn’t as familiar with the site coming into it as he probably would have liked.

Not only was he committed to getting everything working and providing great customer service, but he did so while keeping his game face on in adverse conditions.  Please make sure this feedback gets to his manager or director – we appreciate it!

- Jason

Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc
My name is Pamela Brown and I am the manager for technical support services for Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc.    Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc. has had a relationship with ARG since the spring 2010.  Since that time, I have personally worked with Joe Harre, Kara Semon and Steve Murphy to report telco outages, coordinate system testing, resolve issues with monthly invoices and select telecommunications services.

The support that we have received from Joe, Kara and the rest of the ARG team has been excellent.  Why?

1.    They are responsive – There have been days in which I received an out-of-office email response from one of the ARG team.  That notification was OK.   But, invariably,  they would email back a response immediately saying that they would look into the issue upon their return.

2.    They are persistent – Joe and Kara use all of their recourses to get questions answered and issues resolved.   Sometimes we have to go back to get further insight into an issues.   ARG representatives go back to our telecommunications vendors to make sure that we get the right answer.

3.    They are professional – I have never had an instance where they presented themselves in an unprofessional manner.

4.    They are knowledgeable — They understand the telecommunications industry and provide the most appropriate and prudent solutions for our company.  If they don’t know the answer, they find out the answer and give us good solutions.

5.    They are hands-on —  Many times, we have to have after-hours testing to implement new services or resolve telco issues.   Our representatives from ARG will coordinate the testing between us and the vendor.  They will provide the conference call bridges and stay on the phone with us until the testing and implementation is completed.

All this means, that the service and support we have received from ARG has met G&O’s needs in a positive way.  We enjoy working with Joe, Kara, Steve and all of the ARG representatives who help make our jobs easier by guiding us and resolving telecommunications issues.

-Pamela

American Islamic Congress
Joe Harre was very helpful. He was quick to respond to my emails and helped me solve my phone issue rapidly. I appreciate the friendliness and responsiveness of ARG employees.

-Jessica

Agilex
THANK YOU for all of your efforts and flexibility on the first phases of Agilex’ Chantilly, VA campus expansion plan. I’m receiving a lot of positive feedback from the Agilex staff who have moved into our new facility. You all played a part in the success of this project and I regard you as part of my extended team.

- Russ

American Rivers
I am happy to report that we have successfully cutover to the new Level(3) primary pipe and it appears to be working well. Thus concludes a very successful project to upgrade AR’s voice and data carriers and improve our infrastructure. I want to thank you and your team for the excellent work you did managing this conversion and making the entire process painless for me.

I particularly want to thank Matt for his exceptional knowledge, determination, good cheer, and customer orientation. He made a lot of things happen on this project and I appreciate it.

I have always been very favorably impressed with ARG, both its people and their work product. I’m delighted that AR is now fully onboard with you for our voice and data services, and I look forward to a long, beneficial relationship. Thanks again for all of your good work.

- Steve

Zeiders Enterprises, Inc.
I wish every vendor was like ARG.

- Rod

Basil Voges / Howard Phillips Insurance
My company recently acquired a small Independent Insurance Agency in Annapolis, Maryland. As you can imagine an acquisition of any size can be complicated, especially becoming familiar with new Vendors and Suppliers. I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to introduce myself to anyone at ARG, when a natural disaster struck the Annapolis office. A lightning strike rendered all electronic devices inoperable.

When Joseph Harre learned of our situation, he reached out and introduced himself and ARG to me and within a short time suggested and implemented a solution to our telecommunication issues; something my other long-term telecom vendors were unable to accomplish. I was impressed with Joe’s solution driven customer service approach.

I look forward to a long and successful relationship with ARG.

-Eileen

Novick Group, Inc.
It is such a relief to know that the Support Team at ARG is always available to help. Joe Harre is great to work with and always resolves my issues quickly and professionally. We heart <3 ARG.

- Angela

All of my experiences with ARG have been responsive with continuous updates along the way.  My “user” experience with ARG is top tier and meets or beats the response I get from other providers.
I would recommend ARG to anyone seeking a partner for their telecom needs.

- Robert Magnuson

Project Hope
ARG has been a lifesaver… from the start in helping us negotiate a best price for our voice and data services, to the follow-up and resolution of issues that occur with our carrier(s).  ARG has been there for us and have all the bases covered!

Short and sweet, this is how I feel.  We don’t have time to keep following up with the carriers, and having you all ‘watching our backs’ gives us great comfort!

- Tina

I want to take a moment to thank you so much for your help the other day when we were having terrible outgoing email problems.  As you know, originally I called ARG only to ascertain whether ATT had imposed a limit on our outgoing email.  ARG determined that in fact, that was not the case.  ARG could simply have assumed that my question had been answered and nothing further needed to be done on your part, but you took the initiative to request copies of the error message and email we had received, and after I faxed them to you, you did the research and found that we had somehow been added to the Barracuda blacklist.  Again, you could have stopped there, but you went the extra mile to go ahead and have us removed from that list, and all within a short time of discovery.

Though the cause of the email trouble turned out to be unrelated to the internet service itself, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to you and ARG for going well beyond simply answering a question, but taking the time and making the effort to make the situation right for us, your client.  Your involvement is typical of the excellent service and close working relationship we have had with, and hope to continue to have, with ARG for many years.  On behalf of my colleagues  thank you again for all your help.

- Ralph

Bredhoff & Kaiser P.L.L.C.
We recently selected the services of ARG in partnership with a phone vendor to bring in a new phone system.  We ultimately ordered a PRI, which was supposed to be turned up tomorrow.  We had to hire a separate cabling company to terminate the line into our suite and there was some concern over whether or not we would have problems with that line while we turning up the PRI.
Today at noon, the ARG engineer showed up because they happened to be in the neighborhood and wanted to test the line prior to the cutover.  Frankly, this blew me away and brought us a lot of relief because the line was not in fact connected correctly.
Further, in conjunction with the project manager who has kept us abreast of every update at every step of the way, we were able to turn up the PRI today and test it.  I can’t underscore enough how much they went above and beyond the call of duty.  Their level of service and knowledge was simply exemplary. I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your team on doing an amazing job. From beginning to end, we have been treated with the highest level of service.  From the consultant through project management to the engineer, I couldn’t be more pleased.  If you ever need a reference, please feel free to use me as one.
I can’t underscore enough how great a job your team has done throughout this process.

- Eric

Expovision
I just wanted to take a moment to thank the ARG staff for all of its’ assistance.
The team of Erica, Lava, Ashley, Chris and Steve have been nothing short of exemplary in their professionalism and expertise.
From planning to implementation, your team affirms why Expovision continues to look to ARG for its’ telecom needs.
I have especially appreciated your teams patience and willingness to understand our business.
Expovision has been a client of ARG for ten years; we now go in confidence for many years to come.
In closing,  you guys are the best!

-David

Bay Bank
Everyone is more than helpful and tries to get to the heart of the matter quickly and professionally.  We love our ARG!!

-Laura

Optimal Health Physicians
Thank you for getting us through last week’s issues with the Verizon system breakdown.  As you know, we are a medical practice that is heavily dependent on fast, reliable connectivity for all aspects of patient care and communications, laboratory and clinical services and all our administrative and financial operations. With ARG we have always felt your personal commitment and clear professionalism whenever we’ve called on you for help.  Over the years, when anything has broken somewhere in myriad systems that wire us all together, ARG has been there right away representing our needs, investigating, troubleshooting and keeping us fully informed as if we were a Fortune 500 corporation.  Believe me, we haven’t forgotten what it can be like!  You have built a great company and, for us, your greatest service is peace of mind.

-John

CJM Wealth Advisors
We have found the firm’s assistance in purchasing services (telephone and internet connectivity) to be very helpful.   They have a comprehensive view of the market and helped us select providers that have met our need and that we weren’t aware existed.   Most importantly, the ongoing service from the providers that they recommended has been cost effective and consistent.

Notwithstanding my comments above, not everything works perfectly every time.  And, very often, the problem will arise due to a change that it appeared had to be made.  Then things break down and have to be fixed.  In our case, a year ago we had some e-mail problems that had us extremely concerned and they taxed our and ARG’s patience and technical capabilitites.  But they stuck with it and helped us trace the source of the problem and helped us get it fixed even though the ultimate problem we learned was caused by an action we initiated and was outside of the services that we had purchased from ARG.

It is rare that you can find a company that works with you so completely.  To help you solve problems arising from services that you have purchased from a company is expected and is necessary customer service.  To go beyond that and help one solve problems that arise outside of services that have been purchased and to do so willingly, unreservedly, and without additional charges for hte assistance is truly beyond any reasonable expectations.

We very much appreciate the assistance that has been provided to our firm.

-Kim

Artis LLC
Having ARG handle our switch to a new dial tone and internet provider impacted me by taking the day to day details and concerns of the transaction off my hands. In addition I had the benefit of ARG’s expertise when difficult situations arose. Our ARG project manager and everyone else I dealt with at ARG was focused on getting our job done and done properly and as quickly as possible. I cannot imagine having to do all they did myself. I highly recommend using ARG.

-Lynn

SunSetter Products Limited Partnership
ARG has been a trusted partner of ours over the past  7 years with exceptional service and support.

We recently tasked them with finding us a new ECR solution for routing our call center traffic. They were quick to identify our needs and found a solution at a substantial savings with more features than our existing platform.

Thank you for always being there.

-Timothy

Bay Bank
When our company made the decision to go with ARG, I was a bit skeptical.  I have to say, I have been more than pleasantly surprised.  The transition from our previous vendor to our new service was a bit taxing, Lew Branning worked tirelessly getting that completed.  Our point person, Lava Mohammed has assisted me on several occasions.  Joe Harre recently worked on what could have been an interruption in our business-updating me during the process and getting me the final resolve very quickly.  EVERYONE is top of the line.  Ready to assist when needed.  I cannot say enough good things about the team at ARG.

-Laura

American Asset Management Group, Inc.
Joe was patient, professional and timely during our phone and internet outage.  As you promised, you kept our team up to date almost every hour during business hours over the past two days and were kind enough to offer and call me each morning at 8:00AM with updates from the night before.

-Carl

Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.
I must tell you that Joe has been awesome (along with everyone else over there I’ve worked with).  We’ve had some minor issues on one of our circuits, and Joe has been on top of it.  I haven’t had to ask him for follow ups, he’s been awesome at relaying information, and pushing through with every “next step” to try and resolve the issue.  While we don’t have an answer yet as to the causes of the issue, I can say with confidence that I know it’s not for a lack of effort on Joe’s part.  It’s very few and far between where I can rave about a support experience in the IT field, but this has certainly been one of them.

-Jeremy

Society of General Internal Medicine
I have tested the line speed and we are now seeing about 2.8Mbps up and down so looks like we are back in business.  I want to thank everyone from ARG who helped out with seeing this through to completion.  The communication and updates were great and the problem was fixed in a very timely manner.  I am really glad we went with ARG to help us with our communications needs!

-Smith

KePRO
ARG takes one of the most stressful parts of telecommunications away from me – I am referring to working with the telco’s to make add\move\changes\repairs to circuits.  Prior to enjoying ARG services I would spend so much time on-hold and being transferred all around until I could get to the correct person to receive help.  Now with our relationship with ARG they have connections and get much faster resolutions for us.  This gives me a chance to inform KePRO’s management of the status of the situation and to place temporary solutions until permanent resolution takes place.  An outage is stressful enough but to try to put temporary solutions into place while working with the telco can be overwhelming.

Outside of contacting ARG when there are problems I also fully appreciate all their willingness to offer advice on unclear topics and possible solutions.  Their skill level and dedication is remarkable.

-Ryan

National Motor Freight Traffic Association
ARG has been instrumental in helping us manage our telephony and internet services.  Their support team helps us get better access to our providers and faster resolutions to our issues. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any organization.

-Urban

Beretta
ARG has been extremely valuable in the process of our upgrades for many years now.  Without their guidance and assistance I’m sure we would have spent much more money for far less service.  There staff has always been there for us through the last 10 years and continues to be to this day. I am looking forward to many more years of continued partnership with ARG.

-Raymond

National Association of Federal Credit Unions
I love my relationship with ARG because they help take much of the burden of managing various vendors off my shoulders, which allows me to focus my time and energy on more pressing matters.  The fact that they often can help find me savings is just a huge bonus on top of freeing up my time.  I enthusiastically recommend ARG to all my colleagues.

-Eric

Bravo Health
ARG makes my life easier when it comes to managing the telecom and data needs of a rapidly growing organization.

-Peter

Keller and Heckman
I have been turning to ARG for guidance for almost ten years. Their knowledge and experience continues to impress me and assures me that I am getting the best solution at the lowest price. They stake their reputation on their recommended services, so you know that they will always shoot straight.

-TJ

RGS Title
You guys make my life so much easier. In addition to ARG’s impeccable customer service, their knowledge of the industry is unparalleled

-Matthew

American Council on Education
Here at ACE, we have utilized the services of ARG for over eight years now. We have been loyal customers, as the service they provide is impeccable.  There is nothing better then a company that delivers all that they promise! It has been a pleasure to work hand and hand with the ARG staff and for that, we will continue to utilize their services for many more years to come.

-Michelle

A-T Solutions
I will say that I have NEVER been a fan of using a third party to manage our accounts and circuits.  I always thought it would be another iron in the fire that I had to sort through!  I must say that I have been extremely satisfied with the service and benefits of working with ARG.  During the recent troubles that we’ve been trying to isolate, you’ve been able to escalate our troubles to the top levels within (carriers).  You’ve come on site several times with test equipment to work and test head to head with the carriers, and the PBX vendor.  This is invaluable to us as a service.  We do not own that type of expensive test equipment, and that alone is a huge benefit.  I appreciate you guys (and gals) jumping on conference calls with us at all hours of the day and night to resolve troubles.  To sum it up, you do a great job of helping to keep the vendors on their toes.

-Robert

Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group
For managers and administrators such as myself, one of the biggest challenges in business is incorporating new technology into busy, high functioning offices.  When I decided to replace our multi office phone system, I knew it would be a difficult undertaking in many ways, but I was totally unprepared for how daunting the process would be.  Just finding the time to coordinate between vendors and create a timeline for implementation is a challenge, and when there are potential problems, it can be totally overwhelming.  Initially, I did not even understand what ARG does or how they could fit into this process but I quickly learned how important they were to become!

ARG fully coordinated the project, communicated with the vendors, arranged for the implementation of equipment and turnover, and followed up on each and every detail.  Additionally, when we encountered issues with connectivity, installation and faulty equipment, they were on task every second.  At ARG, the supportive staff knew immediately how to properly escalate my calls, and always routed me to the appropriate technician or consultant.  They communicated with the vendors directly and ARG was able to do testing and isolate the problems and quickly arrive at solutions.  At one point, after multiple techs from (carrier) had been dispatched unsuccessfully to one of my sites, a representative from ARG personally went to see if he could determine what was causing a problem we were having.  Not only did he isolate the problem; he was able to repair it.

The level of commitment, the standards of excellence, the knowledge base and the delivery of service at ARG is beyond exemplary. I fully recommend them without hesitation or reservation to any company who is considering their services.

-Dana

Brain Injury Association of America
BIAA has worked with ARG in developing and maintaining our Brain Injury Information Center.  We rely on ARG for their consistent support of our call center operations. They have consistently demonstrated superb customer service.  They help to explain the system to new users, and they troubleshoot issues quickly and efficiently.  We are a growing call center, which requires interaction with a wide range of new call center sites.  ARG has shown the ability to “”make the seemingly complicated uncomplicated”".

For a small non profit, working with ARG has been a very positive relationship.

-Greg

Commerce Corp
We lost 4 out of 6 smart jacks, a music on hold module and our ability to page.

Your assistance, as well as Chris’s support at 10:00 pm Sunday evening was exemplary!  Commerce prides itself on going that extra mile for our customers.  Well apparently ARG also shares the same customer philosophy.  Great to know we are not alone!

Thank you for taking care of us….

-Stephen

National Automated Clearinghouse Association
I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank ARG for all the help during our bandwidth upgrade.  While dealing with vendors like (carriers), it’s always nice to have ARG’s experience on our side.

While going from 2 T1s to a 10MB Ethernet connection might not seem like a big deal for some, for a company like ours that hosts it’s own web server and email server, and hosts regular webinars, that internet connection is crucial.

When first approached by other firms offering greater bandwidth, my main concern quickly became preserving our schema of 128 IP addresses, so I did not have to spend an entire weekend changing all of them with Network Solutions’ authoritative DNS, our internal DNS, and on our web servers.  But ARG offered us the possibility of an upgrade with our current provider, thereby retaining our schema, and helped us throughout the hiccups that can happen during these kinds of transitions, including being onsite during the cutover to basically handle the new router configuration.  I seriously doubt we would have upgraded otherwise because of all the hassles involved.

Lew Branning did a great job managing the vendor activity so I did not have to, and (ARG) provided the necessary know-how onsite during the cutover to make sure the transition was flawless.  Just knowing Kristine was going to be onsite to help during the cutover was enough to quell any anxiety I might have had about that process.  She provided similar help when we moved to this building almost 5 years ago, and having that skill set onsite is invaluable.

Quite simply, ARG has never let us down.   If you are ever looking for a client that will provide good references to new prospects, please consider us.

-Keith

McLean Asset
We were introduced to ARG during the process of preparing for an office move. We were evaluating a range of phone service providers and phone system platforms.  Our ARG consultant was more than helpful and available as we negotiated the maze of IP phones and potential service carriers.  The analysis she provided was a critical resource in our decision-making process.  Of all the decisions needed during a major office move, we can genuinely say choosing to work with ARG was one of the smartest.

The ARG transition team was very engaged and interfaced seamlessly with our vendors throughout the process of designing and implementing our new phone system, getting onboard with our new carrier and exiting from our former carrier and service plans.  Now as an established client, we have come to recognize even further the value of ARG’s service.   Certain components of our communication technology are somewhat non-standard, and at times if we experience an issue, it may not be readily apparent what the source of the trouble is. The responsiveness of our technical support team at ARG has been nothing less than outstanding.  With one quick call or email they are working with our carrier on researching the matter and providing timely updates.  In addition, they always make sure we know what to expect, and they follow through to resolution.  A huge plus is that we are relieved of back and forth calling to vendors, waiting on hold, trying to understand technical jargon, etc.  Even with questions or low-priority matters our contacts at ARG are extremely responsive and happy to assist.

We have been delighted with the consistently high level of service provided by ARG and consider them to be an essential partner in our telecommunications landscape.  Without hesitation we would recommend ARG to any business embarking on an evaluation of their phone service.

- Pat

Cernium
I just wanted to send out a message to thank ARG and commend you for the level of expertise and support I’ve received recently from your people.  With ARG’s assistance, we’ve just completed an upgrade from four T1 lines to a 20Mb fiber circuit and I couldn’t be happier with the service I’ve received from ARG.

Let me do this chronologically:

1)       From the beginning, Lew Branning has been extremely informative, keeping me apprised at every step of the order process, and very quick to respond when I had any questions or concerns.

2)      When, last week, we experienced a total outage due to a premature change to our circuit made by (carrier), your front-line support people (Susan & Kym) were immediately on it.  Later, Kristine Pallatucci went above and beyond to help me first confirm that our issue was not internal, then continue communicating with (carrier) until the issue was diagnosed and resolved on a day when I wasn’t able to be in the office for the first half of the issue’s duration.

3)      This morning, the day of the actual event, may have seen the quickest cutover on record.  As the sole IT support person for a company of sixty employees, I have many hats to wear and do not have the router-level expertise necessary to be comfortable making the necessary router changes to complete our end of the cutover in a timely manner.  Again, Kristine donned her fetching red cape and the “S” emblem on her shirt and completed our end of the change.  Without her expertise and inside knowledge of the technicians on GC’s side, the change could have taken far longer and been the cause of much hair-loss here at Cernium.

It is this level of support and care that has saved Cernium much downtime and ill-spent money in the past.  It is also what has made Cernium a happy client of ARG for the past several years, and what makes me happy to recommend ARG to my colleagues in the IT business.

-Brian

National Confectioners Association
I am writing to thank you and your staff at the Association Resource Group (ARG) for all of the support and assistance you have given to the National Confectioners Association (NCA) over the past 7 years.

I cannot express how vital ARG assistance is for NCA.  It is your support that allows a small organization like ours be a big player in our industry.  Not enough importance can be placed on the many subtle ways in which your organization supports our Association.

In my 5 years with NCA, I have observed firsthand how ARG has helped negotiate several complicated contracts and has been instrumental in an office relocation.  ARG supported NCA technically with almost every aspect of our network and telephony structure.  Specifically, ARG assisted us with establishing a phone system, along with critical redundancy for this system.  ARG has helped us build our network infrastructure and held our hand as we moved this infrastructure from Vienna, VA to Georgetown, Washington, D.C. in 2009. .  Moreover, ARG has been the go-between for NCA and the large, complicated telecom industry that we all must deal with to work efficiently.  In doing so, ARG has saved us both money and time.

The most critical assistance ARG has provided for NCA is through availability at a moment’s notice to fix or assist with any challenge faced by NCA.  Working with ARG is like having a large IT department at our disposal.

I want you and all of the ARG staff to know how appreciated your efforts are understand that NCA would not be the same, effective team without you.  I hope you will forward this gratitude on to all of the individuals on your staff.

-Reginald

Society for Human Resource Management
I have worked in the voice communications environment for over 25+ years.  During that time I have had both the pleasure and misfortune of having to deal with a number of different vendors who have provided me with various services.  Typically, having to spend time interfacing with vendors costs me time where I could be actually doing my job.

When I arrived at SHRM 5 years ago I was pleasantly surprised to find that my days of dealing with voice related vendors was gone.  Having ARG working for me and my company’s interests is a huge amount of responsibility that has been taken OFF of my plate.  When troubles or questions do arise – I am very happy that the team of people at ARG that deal with my account are always ready, willing and very capable to handle my requests.

I would recommend ARG without any reservations.  Thank you ARG for allowing me to actually do my job!

-Kathy

Optimal Health Physicians
Thank you for getting us through last week’s issues with the (carrier) system breakdown.  As you know, we are a medical practice that is heavily dependent on fast, reliable connectivity for all aspects of patient care and communications, laboratory and clinical services, and all our administrative and financial operations. With ARG we have always felt your personal commitment and clear professionalism whenever we’ve called on you for help.  Over the years, when anything has broken somewhere in myriad systems that wire us all together, ARG has been there right away representing our needs, investigating, troubleshooting and keeping fully informed as if we were a Fortune 500 corporation.  Believe me, we haven’t forgotten what it can be like!  You have build a great company and, for us, your greatest service is peace of mind.

-John

Global Science & Technology
Bottom line is I don’t know what our company would do without ARG to handle our telecommunications. ARG and everyone we deal with  is invaluable. Thank you.

-Jan

Business Executives for National Security
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you’ve done for me and for BENS the past 15 or so months.  Beginning with our move at the end of 2009, we were so happy to have you on our team because when (carrier) dropped the ball (as they so often do) you were there to step in and help us out.  This year we’ve faced challenges with changing conferencing providers and you were there once again to help us out (even when part of the problem was MY misunderstanding of what we were supposed to do).

As you know our communications systems are positively critical to the way we do business, and it is very reassuring to know that we can rely on someone as dedicated as you have been.

I hope you, your family, and the entire ARG team have a safe and happy holiday season.  I look forward to continuing to work with you in the New Year!

-Lisa

National Retail Federation
I would just like to take a few minutes of your time to tell you how extremely pleased we are here at NRF with the services provided by ARG.  Our experiences have been wonderful.

Julie has been a godsend. On a scale of one to ten…she is a 10 for sure.  Fabulous.  She responds quickly, gets things fixed and always knows who to  turn to.  Recently we were having what I consider serious issues with multiple calls from our voice carrier and Julie quickly got Joe Harre  involved.

Joe was very quick to find out what was going on with the carrier. He kept me informed, worked the problem and got it fixed.  While this may not sound like much,  we are in our busiest time of time of the year and this could have been a disaster.  Joe is wonderful.

ARG has made it so much better for us.  We no longer have to fight with the phone vendors.  Your team is wonderful.  Thanks.

-Sandy

The Obesity Society
It was nice to meet you and Steve yesterday.  As I mentioned to you, I became aware of ARG back in the mid 90’s when I was with the American Corporate Counsel Association (now the Corporate Counsel Association).  I worked closely with Carol at ARG for some time. She even worked with me moving our offices.  I cannot tell you how much assistance that was to have someone interface between the phone company and the other vendors.  I’m not sure I would have been able to juggle all of those balls without Carol.

After leaving ACCA, I worked as a consultant for a time and mentioned ARG to each and every client of mine as a situation arose that I thought you could help with.  Whether it was teleconferencing or long distance service, I would mention your group and ask them to get in touch with you.  I found that most organizations I came across hadn’t heard of you, but were glad when they did!  I know I worked with Heather Campbell somewhere along the way also.

So, when I arrived at The Obesity Society, I asked ARG to come in and assess what we had in house.  I wasn’t confident that anyone before me had been paying attention to costs for long distance, conference calling etc .  Meredith did the analysis and said we were pretty good.  But, when it came time to see that we were going to leave our existing building and move three blocks, I knew we needed to make some changes for the better and ARG could definitely help us do that.

The move was very labor intensive for me and again having Meredith and Ashley to coordinate the phones and IT, was a tremendous help.  They also helped me decipher some of the technical speak some of the other vendors referenced.  So, be rest assured that we will continue to use ARG here at TOS and anywhere else I may end up in the future.

By the way, I wanted to also comment on Bop.  His enthusiasm for his job and his positive spirit should be commended.  I believe I asked him one day “how are you?”  and his response was “having a fabulous day, aren’t you?”
Thanks again for all of your help!

-Kathie

Personal Care Products
ARG is very responsive and efficient. We’ve saved time and money using ARG’s services. I hope to continue our relationship in the new year.

-Krista

Keppler Speakers
I have always counted on the excellent service that I have received from everyone I’ve had contact with at ARG. Linda and Kristine have been sounding boards/information providers throughout our relationship and I am grateful for the input. Your technical support staff is always attentive and communicates issue status very well.

I consider ARG a valued partner, and appreciate our relationship.

-Ali

Ascellon
I have had an absolutely wonderful experience working with ARG!  Our representative, Joe Harre, has been especially helpful!  He always responds promptly to my requests and is extremely resourceful in addressing any issues I may have.  I have to say that ARG is one of my favorite vendors (if not the favorite), as I know that I can depend on them.

-Rebecca

San Diego Convention Center Corporation
ARG is lucky to have you; and if (carrier) knew how much we value your work ethic—they may want to steal you from ARG!

On a daily basis I received at least 2 calls from other vendors soliciting our business.  While many offer lower contracts and many incentives to switch over long distance services as well as to purchase new phone equipment;  we have repeatedly declined letting them know that even though we are very cost conscience, great customer service is priceless.  Moreover, great customer service is something we already have with Joe Harre with ARG, and are not willing to trade off that relationship for cheaper contracts.

As you know 6 months ago we were seriously considering changing vendors because of the billing nightmare we had with(carrier).  It took 4 months, April through September, to work through (carrier) billing system transition and to finally get a correct invoice from them.  None of this would have been possible without your assistance.  I can’t thank you enough for taking the initiative to help resolve our issues with (carrier).

In 2009 we were considering purchasing a new phone system, but due to the economy we had to postpone that purchase.  As soon as we are able to purchase a new phone system, ARG will certainly be the first vendor we call upon.  This is due in no small part to the attentive service you have provided to us.

-Joanne

Bob Pierce Insurance
As you know, we had a very difficult time resolving a series of very significant outages that were finally traced to various TELCO central office sources. I appreciated you prompt replies, your professional handling of my inquiries and ARG’s technical expertise in expediting resolution of  the issues.

-Warren

American Association of Blood Banks
Thank you for the chance to share a few words about the professional manner in which ARG serves our needs. As part of AABB, the National Blood Exchange (NBE) is an emergency service which operates 24/7 and serves every large, community blood center throughout the country.

Power supplied to the building by our local utility company can be sporadic, especially during the summer season; and ARG strives to ensure that our toll-free phone lines are transferred to mobile devices for critical and seamless coverage whenever needed. Whether we need assistance during routine business hours or at 11pm on a Sunday night – which actually happened, our ARG representatives stand ready to act on our needs and give strong follow-through in a timely way. In today’s fast-paced business world, this dedication can be hard to find.

The relationship we have with ARG is solid and reliable, and we appreciate your commitment of excellence to the NBE team. Thank you.

-Tim

American Physical Therapy Association
You guys have been great – no complaints or challenges – thanks for making my life easier!

-Nancy

American Association of Poison Control Centers
I always am happy to say nice things about a team that works so hard on our behalf!

My experience with ARG has been consistently positive.  Each and every person with whom I’ve worked has been diligent in responding to requests and solving problems promptly as well as providing professional expertise to help us make good decisions.  You’ve saved us money, and you’ve provided expert advice.  Plus, you all are pleasant and professional to work with!

It seems that in the 21st century the level of service has fallen to dismal levels.  Not so with ARG … if other service-oriented businesses would examine how ARG does business perhaps our country wouldn’t be in the economic mess it’s in.

We look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead.

-Julie

Facility Engineering
We’ve been very happy with Kym’s help since cutting over, and ARG in general.  Everything that’s popped up over the course of time has been responded to in a very timely fashion and repaired as well.  In short, Kym’s been great!

-Jeremy

American Society of Clinical Oncology
ARG has been very effective in helping ASCO keep it’s telecom expenses under control while receiving great service.  ARG helped us move into our new building in 2008.  We had some challenges with the telecom providers but they managed to get us into the building on time and the transition was flawless.

-Pat

Crisislink

I know this note is way overdue, but i would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to the help that you afforded me and CrisisLink during the transition to our new location. Thanks Gina, you were very kind and helpful including during off hours.

-Joseph

Security Storage
As we have been with ARG for 2 year I’d like to take time and let you know how happy we are with ARG.

There are time that we have to fight against the Evil Forces from the Dark Side. We were given empty promises form the service providers. Sometime we also were bullied by them. Whenever Darth Vader swing his Light Saber at us, there always is ARG. Especially during the change of service ( upgrade service, install new service ) we had experienced several issues.

Those Dark Lord of (carriers), do not act professionally and “Laurel” has to be the enforcer.  She stand before us and fight for us. Unfortunately, they have army of CLONE and  “Laurel” had to step in each time. If she were not there, we might have to deal with them and who know how long would that take to get it done. Thanks “Laurel” for always being there when we need help.  So do “Joe” and “Gary”, both are very responsive to my request. And provide all necessary info for us when needed.

I am grateful to work with those special employees from ARG who are knowledgeable and provide 1st class customer service. I’ve been in IT fields for 15 years and ARG is one of the top service providers I have ever had.

-Ahryu

National Sand, Stone, and Gravel Association
I am not surprised by this, but I wanted to thank you for the ease of transition.  I am always so impressed with the level of service that ARG provides.  I know most of the time people only complain and I have a free moment so I thought I would write to say “AWESOME JOB!!!” I don’t think the transition could have gone any smoother.  Many Thanks and I hope to work with you again in the future.

-Chris

McLean Asset
Thanks for helping me sort this out – I appreciate your response.  And by the way, I greatly appreciate how responsive you all are when these phone issues have come up.  Joe and Steve, I have been so pleased with your work with us.  Our business is so reliant on the phone, so it’s huge when that is broken.

- Pat

Our Clients Speak…

I have always been very favorably impressed with ARG, both its people and their work product. I’m delighted that AR is now fully onboard with you for our voice and data services, and I look forward to a long, beneficial relationship. Thanks again for all of your good work.

Steve, American Rivers

ARG makes my life easier when it comes to managing the telecom and data needs of a rapidly growing organization.

Peter, Bravo Health

Our ARG representative, Joe Harre, is always there for us. He responds afterhours from the road, from his car or wherever. It is tough to get service like that anywhere. He keeps our vendors straight and we can always relay on ARG and Joe to give us a hand in those times when things get tough. Many thanks to ARG for their great support!

Bob, Avectra

I want to pass along my heartfelt thanks for the support from ARG today.  Our Waldorf office went off line yesterday.  I was contacted by Windstream but expected my managed service provider to contact me as well and take the lead.  They didn’t and I started working with Windstream today.  It’s a router problem.  When I started getting frustrated with the lack of progress I called into ARG’s support line.  Joe answered the call and proceeded to take the whole issue off my hands.  He kept me updated all afternoon and has helped to get someone onsite.  I couldn’t keep someone onsite until 6:30 pm tonight to meet the tech so he made arrangements for them to arrive at 8:00 am tomorrow morning so we can be up and running (hopefully) when the office opens on 9:00 am.  I know I will arrive at the office tomorrow morning and find an update from Joe waiting for me.

I know this is standard operating procedure for ARG but I wanted you to know and Steve to know on Joe’s behalf, what a pleasure it is working with your group.

Laura, Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital

I want to thank you and your team for the excellent work you did managing this conversion and making the entire process painless for me. I have always been very favorably impressed with ARG, both its people and their work product. I’m delighted that AR is now fully onboard with you for our voice and data services, and I look forward to a long, beneficial relationship. Thanks again for all of your good work.

Steve, American Rivers

When our company made the decision to go with ARG, I was a bit skeptical.  I have to say, I have been more than pleasantly surprised.  The transition from our previous vendor to our new service was a bit taxing, Lew Branning worked tirelessly getting that completed.  Our point person, Lava Mohammed has assisted me on several occasions.  Joe Harre recently worked on what could have been an interruption in our business-updating me during the process and getting me the final resolve very quickly.  EVERYONE is top of the line.  Ready to assist when needed.  I cannot say enough good things about the team at ARG.

Laura, Bay Bank

Thanks for helping me sort this out – I appreciate your response.  I greatly appreciate how responsive you all are when these phone issues have come up.  Our business is so reliant on the phone, so it’s huge when that is broken.

Pat Ward
McLean Asset Management

The level of commitment, the standards of excellence, the knowledge base and the delivery of service at ARG is beyond exemplary. I fully recommend them without hesitation or reservation to any company who is considering their services.

Dana, Greater Washington Orthopedic Group

I know this note is way overdue, but I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to the help that you afforded me and CrisisLink during the transition to our new location … you were very kind and helpful including during off hours.

Joseph, CrisisLink

It’s very few and far between where I can rave about a support experience in the IT field, but this has certainly been one of them.

Jeremy, Facility Engineering Associates, P.C.

I wish every vendor was like ARG.

Rod, Zeiders Enterprises, Inc.

Everyone is more than helpful and tries to get to the heart of the matter quickly and professionally.  We love our ARG!!

Laura, Bay Bank

I am grateful to work with those special employees from ARG who are knowledgeable and provide 1st class customer service. I’ve been in IT fields for 15 years and ARG is one of the top service providers I have ever had.

Ahryu, SECOR-GROUP

We have been delighted with the consistently high level of service provided by ARG and consider them to be an essential partner in our telecommunications landscape. Without hesitation we would recommend ARG to any business embarking on an evaluation of their phone service.

Pat, McLean Asset Managment

At ARG, the supportive staff knew immediately how to properly escalate my calls, and always route me to the appropriate technician or consultant. They communicate with the vendors directly and ARG is able to do testing and isolate the problems and quickly arrive at solutions.

Dana, Greater Washington Orthopedic Group

During the recent troubles that we’ve been trying to isolate, you’ve been able to escalate our troubles to the top levels within Verizon and Paetec.  You’ve come on site several times with test equipment to work and test head to head with the carriers, and the PBX vendor.  This is invaluable to us as a service. ..  To sum it up, you do a great job of helping to keep the vendors on their toes…

Robert, A-T Solutions

Having ARG handle our switch to a new dial tone and internet provider impacted me by taking the day to day details and concerns of the transaction off my hands. In addition I had the benefit of ARG’s expertise when difficult situations arose. Our ARG project manager and everyone else I dealt with at ARG was focused on getting our job done and done properly and as quickly as possible. I cannot imagine having to do all they did myself. I highly recommend using ARG.

Lynn, Artis LLC

I cannot express how vital ARG assistance is for NCA.  It is your support that allows a small organization like ours be a big player in our industry…  The most critical assistance ARG has provided for NCA is through availability at a moment’s notice to fix or assist with any challenge faced by NCA.  Working with ARG is like having a large IT department at our disposal.

Reginald, National Confectioners Association

I am not surprised, but I wanted to thank you for the ease of transition. I am always so impressed with the level of service that ARG provides. I know most of the time people only complain and I have a free moment so I thought I would write to say “AWESOME JOB!!!” I don’t think the transition could have gone any smoother.

Christopher, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association

We rely on ARG for their consistent support of our call center operations. They have consistently demonstrated superb customer service.  They help to explain the system to new users, and they troubleshoot issues quickly and efficiently.  We are a growing call center, which requires interaction with a wide range of new call center sites.  ARG has shown the ability to “make the seemingly complicated uncomplicated”.

Greg
Brain Injury Association of America

I just wanted to take a moment to thank the ARG staff for all of its’ assistance…  From planning to implementation, your team affirms why Expovision continues to look to ARG for its’ telecom needs.  I have especially appreciated your teams patience and willingness to understand our business.  Expovision has been a client of ARG for ten years; we now go in confidence for many years to come.

In closing,  you guys are the best!

David, Expovision

Certain components of our communication technology are somewhat non-standard, and at times if we experience an issue, it may not be readily apparent what the source of the trouble is. The responsiveness of our technical support team at ARG has been nothing less than outstanding. With one quick call or email they are working with our carrier on researching the matter and providing timely updates. In addition, they always make sure we know what to expect, and they follow through to resolution. A huge plus is that we are relieved of back and forth calling to vendors, waiting on hold, trying to understand technical jargon, etc. Even with questions or low-priority matters our contacts at ARG are extremely responsive and happy to assist.

Pat, McLean Asset Management

ARG has been a trusted partner of ours over the past  7 years with exceptional service and support.

We recently tasked them with finding us a new ECR solution for routing our call center traffic. They were quick to Identify our needs and found a solution at a substantial savings with more features than our existing platform.

Thank you for always being there.

Timothy, SunSetter Products Limited Partnership

ARG has been a great asset to me as an IT Manager, as well as to the practice. Their inside connections with many of the major internet and phone service providers has allowed for a smooth transition from one provider to the next, all while saving our practice time and money. I no longer have to worry about sitting on hold with support or waiting hours for an issue to be resolved. ARG takes care of monitoring any issues that may arise and updates when progress is made and/or when the issue has been resolved.”

Nicole, Foxhall Internists

We get much better information and service by using our communications broker/manager, ARG, as a starting point; they can translate the technical jargon and give objective understanding, without having to navigate the voicemail tree of the carriers.

Tim, N Street Village

ARG has been instrumental in helping us manage our telephony and internet services. Their support team helps us get better access to our providers and faster resolutions to our issues. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any organization.

Urban, National Motor Freight Traffic Association

Joe Harre was very helpful. He was quick to respond to my emails and helped me solve my phone issue rapidly. I appreciate the friendliness and responsiveness of ARG employees.

Jessica, American Islamic Congress

It is such a relief to know that the Support Team at ARG is always available to help. Joe Harre is great to work with and always resolves my issues quickly and professionally. We heart <3 ARG.

Angela, Novick Group, Inc.

ARG has been extremely valuable in the process of our upgrades for many years now.  Without their guidance and assistance I’m sure we would have spent much more money for far less service.  Their staff has always been there for us through the last 10 years and continues to be to this day. I am looking forward to many more years of continued partnership with ARG.

Raymond, Beretta USA

Here at ACE, we have utilized the services of ARG for over eight years now. We have been loyal customers, as the service they provide is impeccable. There is nothing better then a company that delivers all that they promise! It has been a pleasure to work hand and hand with the ARG staff and for that, we will continue to utilize their services for many years to come.

Michelle, American Council on Education

From beginning to end, we have been treated with the highest level of service.  From the consultant through project management to the engineer, I couldn’t be more pleased.  If you ever need a reference, please feel free to use me as one.  I can’t underscore enough how great a job your team has done throughout this process.

Eric, Bredhoff & Kaiser P.L.L.C.

It’s not very often managers get to hear how well their people are doing, and they get tired of hearing about the negative. I wanted to take some time to let you know how much we appreciate all the great work Joe does. He is very responsive to our requests and always follows through to completion. He makes sure everything gets handled or at least points us in the right direction. Joe certainly goes go above and beyond to help us out and makes working through our issues much easier.

Doug, Washington First Bank

ARG has been a lifesaver… from the start in helping us negotiate a best price for our voice and data services, to the follow-up and resolution of issues that occur with our carrier(s).  ARG has been there for us and have all the bases covered!
 
Short and sweet, this is how I feel.  We don’t have time to keep following up with the carriers, and having you all ‘watching our backs’ gives us great comfort!

Tina, Project Hope

I will say that I have NEVER been a fan of using a third party to manage our accounts and circuits.  I always thought it would be another iron in the fire that I had to sort through!  I must say that I have been extremely satisfied with the service and benefits of working with ARG.

Robert, A-T Solutions

As you promised, you kept our team up to date almost every hour during business hours over the past two days and were kind enough to offer and call me each morning at 8:00AM with updates from the night before. 

On behalf of our group, we appreciate your dedication and service during our “trouble period.”

Carl, American Asset Management Group, Inc.

 ARG fully coordinated the project, communicated with the vendors, arranged for the implementation of equipment and turnover, and followed up on each and every detail. Additionally, when we encountered issues with connectivity, installation and faulty equipment, they were on task every second.

Dana, Greater Washington Orthopedic Group

All of my experiences with ARG have been responsive with continuous updates along the way.  My “user” experience with ARG is top tier and meets or beats the response I get from other providers.
I would recommend ARG to anyone seeking a partner for their telecom needs.

Robert, Infrastructure Admin

Thank you for getting us through last week’s issues with the Verizon system breakdown.  As you know, we are a medical practice that is heavily dependent on fast, reliable connectivity for all aspects of patient care and communications, laboratory and clinical services and all our administrative and financial operations. With ARG we have always felt your personal commitment and clear professionalism whenever we’ve called on you for help.  Over the years, when anything has broken somewhere in myriad systems that wire us all together, ARG has been there right away representing our needs, investigating, troubleshooting and keeping us fully informed as if we were a Fortune 500 corporation.  Believe me, we haven’t forgotten what it can be like!  You have built a great company and, for us, your greatest service is peace of mind.

John, Optimal Health Physicians

The experience and flexibility of your team has had a big impact on the success of our initial campus expansion. Our staff is delighted with the new facility. Throughout the project, you have served as a highly valued extension of our team and I greatly appreciate your efforts.

Russ, Agilex

 ”In addition to ARG’s impeccable customer service, their knowledge of the industry is unparalleled.”

Matthew, RGS

  I want to thank everyone from ARG who helped out with seeing this through to completion.  The communication and updates were great and the problem was fixed in a very timely manner.  I am really glad we went with ARG to help us with our communications needs!

Smith, Society of General Internal Medicine

I cannot thank you all enough for your support and help over the past several days !!!  Thank you to Joe Harre, Steve Grimsley and Chris Somers for their outstanding help both remotely and onsite, during our circuit issues over a long Holiday weekend.  We were back in business in record time and had a work around within 24 hours.

Now I can tell others WHY your organization is considered one of a few Top Workplace winners by The Washington Post for 2014  – it shows in your team spirit and your attention to detail with your customers.

Thank you – Thank you – Thank you !!!!

Kathy, SHRM

My company recently acquired a small Independent Insurance Agency in Annapolis, Maryland. As you can imagine an acquisition of any size can be complicated, especially becoming familiar with new Vendors and Suppliers. I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to introduce myself to anyone at ARG, when a natural disaster struck the Annapolis office. A lightning strike rendered all electronic devices inoperable.

When Joseph Harre learned of our situation, he reached out and introduced himself and ARG to me and within a short time suggested and implemented a solution to our telecommunication issues; something my other long-term telecom vendors were unable to accomplish. I was impressed with Joe’s solution driven customer service approach.

I look forward to a long and successful relationship with ARG.

Eileen, Basil Voges / Howard Phillips Insurance

We were introduced to ARG during the process of preparing for an office move. We were evaluating a range of phone service providers and phone system platforms. Our ARG consultant was more than helpful and available as we negotiated the maze of IP phones and potential service carriers. The analysis she provided was a critical resource in our decision-making process.

Pat, McLean Asset Management

Of all the decisions needed during a major office move, we can genuinely say choosing to work with ARG was one of the smartest. The ARG transition team was very engaged and interfaced seamlessly with our vendors throughout the process of designing and implementing our new phone system, getting onboard with our new carrier and exiting from our former carrier and service plans. Now as an established client, we have come to recognize even further the value of ARG’s service.

Pat, McLean Asset Management

I have been turning to ARG for guidance for almost ten years. Their knowledge and experience continues to impress me and assures me that I am getting the best solution at the lowest price. They stake their reputation on their recommended services, so you know that they will always shoot straight.

TJ, Keller and Heckman LLP

Bottom line is I don’t know what our company would do without ARG to handle our telecommunications. ARG and everyone we deal with  is invaluable. Thank you.

Jan, Global Science & Technology, Inc.

While dealing with vendors, it’s always nice to have ARG’s experience on our side…Quite simply, ARG has never let us down.   If you are ever looking for a client that will provide good references to new prospects, please consider us.

Keith, National Automated Clearinghouse Association - The Electronic Payments Association