Family Armor

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Family Armor is a reality television show aired in November, 2009, on the cable station TLC. The show features two Mormon families (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) who run a business that fits automobiles with armor, other protective gear and fancy gadgets. The company is Texas Armoring Corporation, or TAC. The owners are President and CEO Trent Kimball, and his brother-in-law, Jason Forston. They arm vehicles for people whose very lives may depend on it—heads of state, celebrities, the wealthy and powerful.

The glimpse into the business provides action. Some cars are even blown up to test their strength. But the show also goes into the homes of the two brothers, who have seven lively children between them. It's an unusual and exciting business, but viewers should also glean an impression of Mormon families, their healthy and clean-cut lifestyle, and solid family values.

Trent said, "As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we hope that this show will offer audiences a realistic, down-to-earth look at Mormonism and LDS family life. TLC is a family-oriented network, and we’re excited to partner with a group that will reflect well on our work, community, and personal lives.”

Kimball started Texas Armoring Corporation in the 1990s while in his early twenties after attending Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University) to help meet the protection requirements of celebrities, heads-of-state, business owners, and VIPs. Since that time, the business has grown to receive worldwide recognition as a quality leader in the armoring industry. Kimball currently resides in Northern San Antonio with his wife and six children, but works closely with Brigham Young University’s (BYU) Marriott School of Management to help inspire young entrepreneurs. Kimball manages business operations at TAC alongside his brother-in-law, Jason Forston.

Forston, a BYU alumnus and recent MBA graduate of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, said of the show, “Without a doubt, ‘FAMILY ARMOR’ will be an amazing piece of television. It works on so many angles—while guys will love the cars and explosions, it’s also a clean and entertaining show that the entire family will enjoy" (Meridian Magazine, November 2009).