About Us

Our Mission

At Custom Automation Technologies we are on a mission to be recognized as one of Central Ohio’s leading custom installation companies. We will accomplish this through integrity and superior customer service.

Our customers are the reason that we exist! By providing the finest design, installation, and equipment for our audio/video, multimedia and home theatre, handicap accessibility, and complete custom home automation products we have set ourselves apart from our competition. Custom Automation Technologies is constantly staying on top of the latest trends and doing all of the research so that our customers don’t have to. We are so confident that we can bring the WOW factor to every job that we are offering a pair of free movie tickets to the local theatre just for the chance to sit down with you and discuss your next home theater or media room project. Although we do specialize in a few key products and services, we are experts in all things that have to do with home customization, technology, and entertainment. It is truly our goal to help our clients enhance their homes to be more convenient and hospitable.

Our History

Custom Automation Technologies, Inc. (CAT) was started in November of 2001 by Dan Hoehnen. Prior to starting CAT, Dan worked for a local engineering company for 16 years where he learned the bulk of his team building, leadership and management skills.

Dan’s deep interest in technology and automation started early in life, when his grandfather gave him a battery and a light bulb. Dan promptly took interest in the prospect of creating light with these tools and hooked them up to make the light turn on and since then he has been hooked on electronics. Dan was 5 at the time so it goes to show that he has been a lifelong enthusiast. As Dan grew older he started doing more and more fun little technical projects like putting motors on his Lego projects. Another example would be from when he was a teenager… he put a garage door opener on his closet door to start a lifelong journey to creating a fully automated environment in his living spaces. Be sure to ask him about this little project, it’s one of if not his favorite story to tell!

Dan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He has built three homes in the Columbus, Ohio area since 1989, each with increasing levels of technology and automation to both hone his craft and ease his lifestyle.

Dan’s current home includes much of the technology that his company, Custom Automation Technologies regularly installs, so he and his family live with and use the same products as his customers. This is a point of pride for Dan as he only wants to supply the best quality and best functioning products on the market to his loyal clients. Dan has five children (all boys) and a moderately technology-challenged wife that serve as excellent testers for durability and ease of use for all of the products he sells.

Our Difference

Why do customers choose Custom Automation Technologies? Did we mention that we are offering free movie tickets with each initial home theater or media room appointment for new clients? Dan and his team are always up front with clients about expectations, pricing, and realistic timelines for whatever project they are interested in. The proven processes that Custom Automation Technologies employs have been producing predictable results for years. Using a systematic methodology the Custom Automation Team is able to manage projects efficiently and effectively every time. We pride ourselves on finishing our projects on predicted timelines and staying within the initially decided budget ranges whether you are completing a major home theatre installation or remodel, or you are simply looking to reprogram your media room remote.

We will only every offer our clients technologies that we use ourselves and have proven to be reliable and easy to use. We listen to all of our clients wants and needs in the initial meeting and work to build out a realistic estimate and timeline based on each unique client desire. Our industry experience and earned expertise allows us to bring up things that many times our clients had not considered. We find that we can often make a great impact on families using trusted technologies simply by letting new clients know what is possible! We are experts in the field of home automation and nearly all of the products that we install can be automated and made easier to use. It is unfortunate that not everything comes out of the box preprogrammed to all work together in unison contributing to a fully custom house that reacts the way you want it to the first time… This is a problem that we solve using years of trial and error dating back past the days of VCR and bunny ears all the way through to the high end voice activated technology that syncs with almost every media device in your home.

Before we begin any project, we always make sure to get very clear on what is important to our clients, their families, and their lifestyles. If there is a technology that our clients aren’t aware is available to them, we always inform the client to help better suit their needs. It is fairly common in changing markets with the pace of technology in this day and age for our clients to be very pleasantly surprised at how many cool things are actually available to them through our company! In all initial consultations we listen specifically for how our clients want their products to work and make sure that we install everything to custom fit those desires. During this first meeting with new clients we always bring our firsthand knowledge for cost of materials and we always do our best to accommodate and understand our clients budgetary allowances no matter what type of project or customer we are dealing with. After getting very clear on this information we then come up with a plan to implement one or more solutions that are customized to meet your family’s unique needs. Our clients value the fact that before presenting estimates we carefully explain each option and every solution so that they can make an informed decision about all of the major aspects of their project both from their perspective and our seasoned expertise. After getting clear on the exacts as far as wants and needs on every project we will supply an estimate for approval. The next step is to get final approval and downpayment then install and configure all of the systems and products according to proven processes and using our highly skilled and experienced installation team. It is important to our clients that our service is completed on time, stays on budget and the products we install are very easy to use for the entire family. Custom Automation Technologies could not be prouder or more excited to serve you in all of your home technology needs and has the expertise and quality team to deliver a high end product and service that you can rely on and that you will want to tell all of your friends about!