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Putting it to the TESS

image Texas Electronic Systems Specialists (TESS) L-R: Vice President Ramiro Hernandez, President Michael Snellgrove, and Vice President Jeff Koenig

SAN ANTONIO - Michael Snellgrove and Ramiro Hernandez crossed paths when they both worked for a security company that serviced the banking industry. When it seemed the company was going to be sold, Snellgrove and Hernandez established their own security company, Texas Electronic Systems Specialists (TESS) in 1998.





    In the 21 years since, TESS has grown in every way. Not only did Snellgrove and Hernandez welcome another partner, Director of Technology Jeff Joenig, but it also expanded its services, team and office space. The biggest change came when TESS became a factory certified dealer for some of the world’s largest security manufacturers.
    “We were slowly able to build a resume with our own work and by supplying those products. As we grew, and got more of our own work and our own customers, we were able to provide more benefits and secure more talented individuals,” Snellgrove says.
    Today, TESS boasts a 24-person strong team in San Antonio and Houston and strong subcontractor relationships.
    “We have a service department that includes service technicians, coordinators and managers,” Snellgrove says. “We have an installation department with installers, project managers and an installation manager. We do our own CAD. We have become a complete integration where we can do everything – access control, security, fire alarm – and incorporate those systems into a comprehensive system.”
    TESS services the entire state of Texas as well as areas of Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
    “We are very hopeful that our growth continues,” Snellgrove says. “It has been organic, and it has been slow but steady. We want to expand that customer base and grow by talented individuals.”
    Texas Electronic Systems Specialists Inc. (TESS) is a subcontractor and dealer spe-cializing in security and fire alarms. – mjm

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net