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Third generation celebrates

image L-R: Todd, Martha & Arnold Barrett

SAN ANTONIO - Barrett and Sons Inc. is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this month. Since the early ‘50s, the Barrett family has been involved in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. The late Herchell Barrett performed his first air conditioning job in 1946 in Fort Worth. In 1951, he moved his family to San Antonio where he opened Alamo Engineering Services.


    Arnold Barrett worked with his late father, Herchell, from the age of 13 and in 1968, Alamo Engineering Service became Barrett & Sons Inc.
    Arnold commented, “The summer after my junior year in high school, my dad pitched me the keys one Saturday and said you’re ready.  I ran the calls by myself for the first time at 17 years of age. “
    After graduating high school, Arnold attended North Texas State University and went to work for a Carrier dealer in North Texas.  Upon returning home from college, Arnold ran a service truck for the next 22 years.
    In 1987, Herchell retired to further pursue his passion for traveling.  At that time, Arnold assumed ownership until 1989 when his wife, Martha, joined the business. Martha became majority owner until her retirement in January 2017.
    Todd Barrett, Arnold and Martha’s youngest son, attended Texas State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he studied business management. After college, Todd pursued a career in law enforcement for 10 years. He started as an officer with Schertz PD for a short time and then worked for the State of Texas as a Trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol.  Todd’s son, Cameron, was born in 2006, which is when Todd decided to make the move to Barrett & Sons. Todd obtained his master license early on and assumed full ownership of the business in January 2017, becoming the third generation of ownership.  Today, Todd is president of the corporation and manages all of the day-to-day operations. 
    Although Martha retired, Arnold remains very active in the company. He is a consultant, oversees the construction division and continues to serve as an officer of the corporation.
    This month, Barrett & Sons is celebrating 50 years in business.  The company has seen many changes over the years.  Today, the company performs 98 percent commercial service and construction work and is extremely proud of their multi-generational clientele relationships.  Arnold stated, “We still maintain one account that my father air conditioned prior to the start of Barrett & Sons.”
    “Most everything we do is referral based.” adds Todd.  “Our construction division has seen tremendous growth due to design-build projects and base work with our GC’s and the Corp of Engineers.” 
    “In reflection, our faith and values as a family and a business have allowed us many blessings in the first 50 years.  We strive as a team to build on the legacy that has been created while growing it for generations to come.  Our core values of providing quality service, hard work and a dedication to our clients has built us a reputation in South Texas for prompt, comprehensive service, going the extra mile and then some.”  Todd Barrett
    Barrett & Sons Inc. is a full-service heating, ventilation & air conditioning subcontractor located in Schertz, TX. –cmw.

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