TJ Ermoian, President and Founder
TJ Ermoian is the founder and President of TEA. He has served as a pioneer and innovator of Texas deregulation since 2002 and remains a partner in one of the largest privately-owned energy aggregation/broker/consultant companies in Texas. His focus has remained on serving clients to simplify decisions regarding electricity choices, while working to promote ethical standards in the industry. He has served in various board positions with The Energy Professionals Association (TEPA), on the Aspen Institute Energy and Policy Forum think tank, and many other local organizations and non-profit groups.
In 2003, he received an Electricity Aggregation license from the Public Utility Commission (PUC). Over the course of three legislative sessions, TJ spearheaded legislation and eventually shepherded passage of HB 1064, which was signed into law by Governor Perry in April 2011. The bill is expected to save millions of dollars annually for small businesses, schools, churches, athletic and performing arts facilities throughout Texas. His involvement in additional legislation has yielded significant changes in billing and energy contract language to enhance consumer protection.
Widely recognized as a public speaker on renewables and electricity deregulation, TJ assists and empowers the largest State entities, schools, cities, universities, energy managers, purchasing managers and municipalities to take full advantage of electricity deregulation and saving nearly $100 million for Texas taxpayers.
An entrepreneur in Central Texas for more than 30 years, TJ’s previous professional experience includes managing marketing team for an affiliate Retail Electricity Provider. He also was instrumental in the growth of the world’s largest solar energy company during the 1980s and worked in the proliferation of the cable television industry in the 1990s. He is also co-founder and partner in the nationally distributed television program, Texas Music Café.
TJ studied at three colleges, eventually earning a degree “utterly useless to an entrepreneur.” He has been a leader and community volunteer throughout his life, serving on the boards of several non-profits involved with scouting, the arts, fighting hunger, poverty and serving the homeless. He is a graduate of Leadership Waco and past President of the Waco Jaycees. He has been active in scouting, Texas politics, church, leadership, the outdoors, and men’s ministries. His hobbies include music, fishing, cooking, travel, glass design and songwriting. He is also a performing musician, artist and writer and has four mostly-grown children.
Leann Ermoian, Vice President of Development
Leann Ermoian, Vice President of Development, has worked with TEA since 2012 and has held various positions during that time. She helps develop and refine training manuals, presentation books, and streamline overall office organization in addition to a variety of other duties.
Leann holds a Bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Tarleton State University (’89), Master’s degree from Texas A&M (’92), and is also a certified personal trainer. Leann’s colorful work experience includes teaching both English and fitness and wellness classes at TCU, Weatherford College, Tarleton, and the University of Southern Maine, as well as working as an athletic academic advisor. While at A&M she worked in an exercise physiology/biochemistry/motor learning lab and assisted the athletic department in starting one of the earliest academic mentoring programs in the United States. She worked in the space shuttle division at NASA, but also has years of experience ranging from working in and managing restaurants and fitness centers and even as shift leader in the final finish and paint departments at a mobile home factory (which actually came in handy while assisting TJ in the renovation of our funky downtown office space!)
Leann is a proud mother of two beautiful and very active young adult daughters. Leann loves to garden, fish or do anything outdoors, and she also loves to cook. In 2017, she was married to TEA President TJ Ermoian, and together they travel the state assisting government and school clients to take fullest advantage of the rapidly changing energy landscape in Texas.