Defense equipment company

Our Team

DEC Team Members...

Gary Hess is the president of Defense Equipment Company and supports the CBRNE markets and federal/military program buys. Gary has been serving the federal and military FES/CBRN markets for the last 25+ years. Gary started his career with Safety Equipment Company prior to the company being acquired by Fisher Scientific. He served as Fisher’s Vice President of Sales for First Responder markets for 7 years. Gary started up Protect the Force as a manufacturer rep company and expanded into tactical sales, tactical & FES service provider, and R&D product development. Gary has devoted his professional career supporting the federal government and military (FES,CBRN, LE, Tactical) markets and inspired to finding solutions to the ever changing requirements of our military and first responders. 

Gary Hess    770-815-2353


Rodney Born is the Army and Air Force West Coast Sales Manager with Defense Equipment Company, providing First Responder, CBRNE and Tactical Equipment to the federal agencies. Prior to his current position, he served in and retired from the United States Air Force with 22 years as a firefighter.  Upon retirement from the Air Force he worked as a territory sales manager for Fisher Safety/Thermo Fisher Scientific. After nearly 10 years in the sales industry, Rod returned to work at the DoD Fire Academy as a Fire Officer/NIMS Instructor. His most recent position with the Fire Academy was as Chief of Advanced Fire Training at the DoD’s Louis F. Garland Fire Academy located at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo Texas.

Rodney Born    325-245-9791


Ron Nolting serves as the Sales Manager for the East Coast Air Force, Marines, Navy Region SW, Guam, PACAF bases.  Ron joined the Defense Equipment Company team as the subject matter expert as it relates to Fire and Emergency Services. Ron’s business acumen and his commitment to excellent customer service and relationship management has made him a profound part of the DEC team. Ron started out as an entrepreneur developing and selling a Mass Decontamination Device called the TridentOne.  Ron worked with DOD distribution channels as well as emergency management facilities to get worldwide coverage for his product.  He has 10 years of experience as a manufacture Representative in the Military FES Market.  Ron has developed multiple strategic partners allowing great success in these markets.

Ron Nolting    678-522-1012


Jason Warbritton serves as the Sales Manager at Defense Equipment Company for Army East Coast, Navy region NW, SW, SE, Mid Atlantic, NE and all Federal accounts. Jason joined the Defense Equipment Company team as the subject matter expert as it relates to Fire and Emergency Services. He has over 18 years of experience as a Manufacture and Distribution Representative in the Military and Federal Government for FES and Tactical Markets. Jason has earned success by building quality, sustainable relationships and his commitment to excellent customer service has helped him to excel in his position within the DEC team. 

Jason Warbritton     813-230-7604


Tami Nolting serves as an Account Manager for Defense Equipment Company. Prior to joining Defense Equipment Company, Tami worked as Account Manager with Protect the Force for over 4 years where she primarily worked with the Air Force and Army (West) teams.  Tami came to PtF with 20+ years’ experience in Commercial Real Estate with a focus on exemplary Customer Satisfaction.  She worked hand-in-hand with some of Atlanta’s top New Home Developers in ensuring Real Estate Agents tasked with selling in their communities were knowledgeable and well-trained.

Tami Nolting      678-522-1013


Jill Hess serves as an Account Manager for Defense Equipment Company.  She works closely with the Sales Managers for CBRNE, First Responder, and Tactical equipment.  Jill has over 15 years of experience in the First Responder military market working as an Inside Sales Manager for Safety Equipment Company and as an Account Manager for Protect The Force, focusing on Army and Marine Markets.  She has been through extensive training in the FES market and developed multiple alliances in the Federal Government Market

Jill Hess     678-641-8791