Executive Management Team

Jessica Firestone

Jessica Firestone

Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Firestone is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tempest Telecom Solutions. Jessica’s career began as a sales and customer support representative at Century Computer Marketing, a leading distributor of computer equipment and spare parts. In 1996, she joined Somera Communications, a pioneering provider of new and used telecommunications infrastructure equipment and services as a divisional sales manager responsible for sales to wireless carriers throughout the United States. From 1996 to 2002, Jessica was promoted several times, from Manager to Director and finally to Vice President of Wireless Sales, where she led the company’s largest sales division, managing a team of 27 people, with responsibility for $97 million revenue. Jessica left Somera Communications in 2002 to pursue other opportunities. She then joined Somera Ventures, a Santa Barbara based private equity investment firm where she worked with several of their portfolio companies as a Business Development Advisor. It was her vision and industry insight that ultimately led to the launching of Tempest Telecom Solutions.

Julie Lupin

Julie Lubin

Chief Financial Officer

Julie Lubin is a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Tempest Telecom Solutions. Ms. Lubin also holds the same title at Somera Capital Management, where she is responsible for internal financial management, oversight of investment reporting, and company planning. She has more than 15 years of experience as a controller, chief financial officer, business manager, as well as the tax and financial adviser to many high net worth individuals and privately owned businesses. She has extensive experience handling sophisticated multi-million dollar financial transactions in both the real estate and non-real estate markets, ranging from sales and purchases, recapitalizations and reorganizations, venture capital investments and workouts. Ms. Lubin served as the Controller and Chief Financial Officer for Somera Communications, Inc., a worldwide distributor of telecommunications infrastructure equipment, where she managed the company.s growth from start-up to more than $100 million in revenues in less than four years. She instituted the financial reporting systems needed to facilitate a significant investment in the company by a venture capital firm, leading to the company’s eventual IPO and NASDAQ listing.

Dan Firestone

Dan Firestone

Chief Operating Officer

Dan Firestone started his business career in 1978 when he was engaged in several small, high-growth private companies in the computer distribution, real estate, and manufacturing industries. In 1984, Mr. Firestone and a partner co-founded Century Computer Marketing, a distributor of computer products and spare parts, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until May 1994. Under Dan’s direction, Century Computer grew from start-up to $40 million in annual revenue with six offices in four countries before it was sold in 1994 to a small public company for $32 million.

After spending a year providing management consulting services and searching for his next project, in July 1995 Dan and two partners launched Somera Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMRA), which grew to $220 million in annual revenue. Dan served as Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to September 2001, and as Chairman of the Board from inception until September 2003. Along the way, Dan was responsible for raising $52.8 million in venture capital, $65 million in debt financing, and $120 million in the company’s initial public offering in November 1999.

In September 2001, Mr. Firestone stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Somera Communications, Inc. to pursue his own venture investment and business consulting activities, as a principal and President of Somera Ventures, LLC, a Private Equity Investment firm that now holds seven companies in its portfolio. He sits on the board of, and provides strategic and operational consulting to, several of his portfolio companies, including Tempest Telecom Solutions.