Posts Tagged ‘Team Wendy’

AUSA – Team Wendy Transit Pack by Mystery Ranch

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

This is a sneak peek of a cool new helmet storage and transport bag from Team Wendy who partnered with Mystery Ranch.

The bag is operationally focused with stowable shoulder straps and PALS for those who want to attach it directly to a vest or other bag.

Inside are two modular zippered accessory pockets as well as a larger drawstring bag for NODs which can be nestled in the shell of the helmet for additional protection. The interior of the Transit Pack is Velcro loop which is not only soft against your kit but also allows the pouches to be attached wherever you want.

Look for the Team Wendy Transit Pack by Mystery Ranch at SHOT Show.

Team Wendy Updates Website

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Team Wendy hrecently launched an update to their website. First off, you’ll notice that they’ve broken out their customer base into Military, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue and a new one called Adventure. Apparently, they’re planning on once again offering a Ski helmet. For those of you who know the origin story of Team Wendy, this is a cool move.

Other than a new look, you’ll also find a new blog area which will be updated weekly with various posts about their industry partners, charity organizations they support, new products, and the science and technology behind what they do. There is also a section to identify authorized dealers/sales agents worldwide.

Check it out.


Team Wendy Issues Statement Regarding Secretary Clinton’s Visit

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

This morning I awoke to an Internet circus. Team Wendy, one of our advertisers, had shared a local news story that Democratic front runner for President, Hillary Rodham Clinton was holding an event at their facility this coming Monday. Now, I shouldn’t have to point this out, but I will; Mrs Clinton is not well liked by the rank and file or veteran service member or Law Enforcement Officer (this guy included). As you can imagine, the Internet mob was out in full force, vilifying Team Wendy for their actions. I received several emails about the issue from concerned readers as well, so I looked into it. I have spoken with Team Wendy CEO Jose Rizo-Patron about the situation and he offered the statement below. But before I get to it, I’d like to say something about this situation, Team Wendy and its owner, Daniel T Moore, from my perspective.

I’ve known Mr Moore for well over 10 years now, since well before there was an SSD, and I’ve met with him on several occasions. Until today I never even considered his politics. We always spoke about American manufacturing and his efforts in dealing with Brain Injuries. Once, on a visit, we also discussed his hometown of Cleveland, and I can tell you, that man is proud of his town. But we never discussed politics because it wasn’t germane to our common goals of protecting service members and employing Americans. Even now, I know that those are core values of Team Wendy as well as the man that owns it, and those are the very reasons that they are an advertiser on my website.

As I understand it, Secretary Clinton had planned to visit the 700,000 sq ft facility which houses Team Wendy along with several other small manufacturers called the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center. At some point it was determined that this repurposed plant contained a defense contractor. Hard to say who made the call. The area is solidly Democrat so it could just as well have been a local party organizer as an HRC campaigner. Regardless, it transformed somewhere along the way from a facility visit to a campaign event. The news was notified and it blew up. I have a feeling that the opportunity to bring TBI to the national stage became the main focus, and the possible fallout from a visit by a Presidential candidate wasn’t at the forefront. There was some excitement and the news story was shared by Team Wendy in their Facebook page. Näive? To be sure. But I don’t see any effort in their end to endorse a candidate for political office as so many have claimed. I also think Team Wendy had as many actual customers as were claimed during the Facebook tirade against them. They employee Americans, continue to innovate and make a great product that is used in every issue helmet. Their ZAP pads have saved many a noggin over the years from the effects of shock and blast. Also, their next generation of helmets and liners are pushing the envelope of protection technology.

Do I think it was a mistake? Absolutely. But on this one, Team Wendy gets a mulligan from me. To be sure, it’s been a costly learning experience for them. They are now stuck between a rock and a hard place. They could go back on their word to participate in the visit and make their critics happy. However, this could result in ramifications both locally and perhaps, long term at the federal level. On the other hand, Team Wendy could go along with the event and alienate their customer base. Regardless of which course Team Wendy takes, this is a cautionary tale for anyone in the defense industry to abstain from endorsing political candidates from any party. The reality of business is that they must work with both parties.

My support for Team Wendy hinges on their long-term actions. Will they stay true to their commitment to excellence in the head protection arena? Will they continue to insist on American manufacturing? And, will they stay out of politics? America needs a vibrant defense industry. I am in this for the long haul and I want to see them there as well.

– Eric Graves, SSD Editor

Team Wendy’s Statement

Team Wendy Friends and Customers,

Let me start by stating unequivocally that Team Wendy has not endorsed nor will be endorsing any candidate for President of the United States.

Our business and focus is centered around three principal goals: Protecting Americans and our allies against serious and potentially life-threatening impact related injuries, creating American jobs and promoting American manufacturing.

To the extent that politicians are interested in working with us to address these core goals, Team Wendy has always been, and will continue to be, willing to meet and listen. We do not get to dictate who serves as President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State or Chairman of the HASC. We simply engage with and are openly willing to work with anyone who shares our core mission of saving lives, or anyone who is in a position to positively advance our mission.

To those who are not aware, Team Wendy is a company within a portfolio of sister companies that focus mainly on industrial innovation. Team Wendy is very different than its sister companies. Team Wendy was founded in 1997 by Cleveland-based entrepreneur Dan T. Moore as a memorial to his daughter Wendy, who passed away from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) following a snow-skiing accident. Next year will mark the 20 year anniversary since Wendy’s passing as a result of that tragic accident. Her legacy and memory lives on daily here at Team Wendy through the work being done toward developing leading edge protective gear and other innovative products.

Wendy’s legacy also lives on through the work that Team Wendy does by engaging government, academia and the private sector to learn more about TBI and how we can better prevent this from happening to the American troops who do so much to protect our country.

Although we are a profit-making company, we will continue to be driven by Wendy’s legacy and will continue to work our tails off to provide our guys and gals on the front lines the best protective equipment possible, in the most timely fashion possible, and with the best customer service we can deliver. Nothing is more important to us.

We intend to actively and aggressively promote our core mission with Secretary Clinton during her time here on Monday and will continue to work as a company to do all that we can to be advocates for our core customers, our troops and first responders.


Jose Rizo-Patron

CEO, Team Wendy

Team Wendy – SAR Visor

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

TEAM WENDY’S SAR Visor is now available!

SAR Visor 2

CLEVELAND – Following the release of Team Wendy’s EXFIL Search and Rescue (SAR) helmets in 2015, additional accessory items have been developed to enhance how the SAR helmet is used. The SAR Visor was designed to quickly and easily install on the helmets SAR Accessory Rail 2.0 System. The visor will protect from impact, debris, water and wind.

The SAR Visor is available through TeamWendy.com and authorized Team Wendy dealers.

SAR Visor Side up position 3


  • An anti-scratch coating inside and out
  • Visor positively locks into up and down positions
  • SAR Visor side view down position 5

    Rated to EN 166 level 2B to ensure optical clarity and impact resistance

    Learn more about the EXFIL SAR Visor: store.teamwendy.com/products.php?product=SAR-Visor

    Post SHOT Show Wrapup – Galactac AR500 Ballistic Armor Suit

    Sunday, January 31st, 2016


    Artist Ryan B. Flowers has been selling his Mandalorian-inspired Galactac armor sets for a while now, but this is the first time one’s been made of actual ballistic armor, and it has some high-profile industry names behind its creation. Ballistic armor manufacturer AR500, Heckler & Koch, SureFire, SOG Knives, Team Wendy, Armasight, and TEA Headsets all threw their support, and products, into the development of what is essentially a set of contemporary ballistic Mandalorian armor. This set was floating around the SHOT Show floor, spending its time between the H&K and AR500 booths, the later where we found it and took a few photos for your perusal.

    Stay tuned for the further info on the development of this suit at a later date.

    You can get a set of the non ballistic armor at www.galac-tac.com/home.

    SHOT Show – Team Wendy Introduces Exfil SAR Visor

    Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

    The Exfil SAR Visor installs on the rails of the SAR Tactical and SAR Backcountry.  It is rated to both EN 166-2B and ANSI Z87.1 to protect your eyes from wind, debris and water.  


    CMSgt Paul Koester (USAF, ret) Joins Team Wendy as Military Market Manager

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

    CMSgt Paul KoesterTeam Wendy is proud to announce that CMSgt (ret) Paul Koester has joined their business development team as the company’s Military Market Manager.

    “Paul’s years of operational experience and immense knowledge of warfighter equipment is second to none,” said Jose Rizo-Patron, CEO of Team Wendy. “He is a great addition to our team and will have an important role in growing our domestic and international military business as well as contributing to our product development efforts.”

    Paul retired from the Air Force in 2015 after 41 years of service as a Pararescueman and Combat Controller. Ending his career as the Chief Enlisted Manager for the 58 RQS at Nellis AFB, Nevada, Paul previously served as the AFSOC and PACAF Pararescue Functional Manager, Personnel Parachute Program Manager and Command Diver.

    As the longest serving Pararescueman in the Air Force, Paul deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Northern Watch and Operation Southern Watch. He is a Master Parachutist with over 1000 jumps, a Naval Surface Warfare Center/CRANE Joint Small Arms and Sniper Rifle Certified Armorer as well as a designated marksman instructor.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree of Aeronautical Studies and master’s degree of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in addition to a master’s degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University.

    Paul resides in Nevada where he instructs tactical marksmanship courses, sky dives and gun smiths in his free time.


    The Story of Team Wendy

    Thursday, December 24th, 2015

    This video, shown at a Concussion Summit sponsored by Case Western University and Team Wendy, was made to honor Dan Moore and Team Wendy. It details the origin of the Team Wendy name, as well as Team Wendy’s ongoing efforts in the development of helmet systems. It’s some great background, and if you’ve ever been curious about the Team Wendy name, here’s your answer.