As founder, president and technical engineer at ACIS Computers, Travis Schnelle oversees the maintenance of more than 1,200 computers and 4,000 devices for thousands of users. He founded the company in 1999 at the age of 19, and with prior expertise, brings nearly 25 years of experience to the table for his employees and clients.
Schnelle once assisted a client with some 2,000 users of approximately 3,000 devices to save more than $120,000 annually. He also has designed and led the implementation of data networks for several local school districts.
ACIS donates monthly to local charities, and the company joined the Adopt-A-Highway program to beautify a portion of South Glenstone Avenue. Schnelle personally volunteers with such organizations as Shriners International and CCCC Sertoma Club.
What was your professional aha moment? When I stopped worrying so much about the competition and instead diverted that time and energy into becoming the best that I can be.
What did you learn the hard way? Everything, it seems! I have always believed the bigger the challenge, the more satisfying it is to conquer, and the more prepared I will be in the future.
How many times do you hit the snooze button? If you had asked me 20 years ago, I could not count the amount of times. Now, I am generally awake before my alarm even starts.
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