Television Equipment Associates, Inc was founded by Bill in 1969. Bill combined business savvy along with a colorful sense of humor. He once said, “it doesn’t take a PHD to make money, all you need is a product that people want to buy, and sell it”. When asked how he was doing he would always reply “Marvelous!”
His simple and humble approach led TEA to become one of the most successful and well-known brands within the headsets industry.
He was respected by everyone that ever worked for him. He was loyal to his family, his values, and his employees.
A legacy of setting the standard in tactical communications for over 50 years
After the success of the LASH® system, TEA began to provide maritime teams the first radio dry bags with fully integrated submersible headsets and push-to-talk switches that revolutionized the way maritime teams could communicate in the water.
TEA was awarded the MICH MARITIME program in 2000, which provided Special Operations Teams within the US Navy and US Marine Corps the ability to use a suite of communication headsets and a universal push-to-talk/control unit with modular cable down leads giving them the ability to interface with an extremely broad range of radios and intercom systems. TEA continues to support modifications and purchases for the MICH MARITIME program.
To this day TEA continues to develop and provide comprehensive communication products and solutions for military special operations forces, law enforcement, public safety and industrial applications. With our motto being “I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TIME” we make sure you can effectively communicate wherever your operations take you!
In 2013, TEA was awarded the TCAPS program which provides soldiers an in-ear communication headset with certified hearing protection and enhanced electronic hear-through as well as a modular push-to-talk/control unit that interfaces with the new NETT Warrior radios/devices as well as ground vehicle and aircraft intercom systems. The primary objective of the TCAPS program is to ensure all soldiers have the highest level of hearing protection and communications on the battlefield.
TEA Mission Statement
The mission of TEA Headsets is to provide our customers with the best communication ancillaries available anywhere in the market today and provide them with the necessary information to make an informed buying decision. At TEA, customers, along with providing the best portfolio of headsets and push-to-talks for today’s Military, law enforcement, and other government agencies are at the forefront of our business. We provide these with a dedication to the highest quality of customer satisfaction delivered to the finest clientele in the world.
We offer the largest variety of headsets, push-to-talks options, and ancillary selections. Our ability to customize and integrate their products to almost all current or legacy Public Safety and Military radios. These include new dual or multi-talk group radios, portable smart devices, laptops/computers/tablets, and also on-board intercom systems such as ground vehicles, fixed/rotary wing aircraft, and maritime vessels.
TEA is known for our ability to customize or tailor our broad range of products to meet your requirements or specifications. With our motto being “I heard you the first time…®” we go to every effort to ensure our products allow you to effectively communicate, even within the most extreme environments.
We offer a no obligation evaluation program for qualified military and law enforcement teams/units to try out our products. “Hear for yourself” the difference in quality of TEA headsets!
Erika has been with TEA since 1998, and in her over 25-year tenure, has become a vital member of TEA’s team. As CFO, she is responsible for capital allocation, financial planning, analysis, and fiscal management. Additionally, she handles order entry, production scheduling, and our GSA Schedule.
As HR Director, she is responsible for all compensation, benefits, data and analytics, performance management, recruitment and selection, as well as TEA’s bylaws. She graduated with a BS in Finance from Long Island University – CW Post campus.
General Manager / Sr. Compliance Officer
Jourdan joined TEA in 2010 after numerous and long-term roles in the commerce, transportation, retail/wholesale, and logistic industries. He superintends administration, operations, and internal affairs, as well as resource management to drive TEA’s goals.
Jourdan is responsible for Program Sales, TEA’s International Program, strategic planning and growth, as well as special projects. He advances TEA’s branding and culture, negotiates supply chain agreements, and implements operational policies.
As Sr. Compliance Officer, he is responsible for development and oversight of policies and training, auditing, licensures, export regulations, control systems, and risk assessment. His BBM and BCJ coupled with continuing education contribute to TEA’s 55 years of excellence.
Director of Sales
Mike brings over 30 years of experience in sales, training, and product development within the DOD, USASOC, HSI, and several other agencies. He has held various important roles within the industry that cover the Military, Law Enforcement / First Responder, Tactical, and Shooting Sports markets. Being highly accomplished in developing intricate sales programs for the GSA, dealer networks, distributors, agencies, and international customers are one of his many skillsets.
Mike also heads new growth and product launches in conjunction with our design team. Additionally, he conducts systematic market analysis, creates proactive planning for both customer requirements and future needs within our industry. Being adept at team-building, achieving numerous certifications, and having an in-depth understanding of market directions all afford TEA vital strengths. His longtime experience as a Law Enforcement Officer, along with his numerous roles in the industry brings a wealth of knowledge and value to TEA.
Engineering Manager of R+D
Dean joined the TEA team at the end of 2005. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a Science Degree specializing in Audio, Electrical Engineering. Over the years he has cultivated his talents and skills and expanded his understandings in other branches of Engineering, Design, and Development. Dean’s familiarity with the form, fit, and function, operational requirements of communications products and systems, and abilities as a cross-functional teamplayer are valuable assets at TEA Headsets.
Procurement / Repair
Roseann joined the TEA team in 2005, and brings a wealth of experience in her 30+ years within the corporate world. She is responsible for all aspects of purchasing and TEA’s inventory systems. Additionally, she oversees our Service Dept. which includes and all repairs, modifications, and upgrades.
Alex joined the TEA team in the summer of 2023. Having graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, his expertise is perfectly suited for TEA. Working closely alongside the design team with project prototyping enables the best servicing to our ever-growing requirements and special requests. His focus includes conceptual design, equipment selection, calculations, CAD documentation, as well as preparation of schematics and design drawing specifications.