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.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Supply
Senior Vice President, Operations
Vice President and General Manager of Technical Services Division
Vice President of Business Development, Vendor Relations
Director, Network Test and Security Sales
Brian brings with him 20 years of experience in the Test and Measurement space. His career spans from 4 Mbit/s Token Ring up to 400G Ethernet. Brian was a consumer of test solutions from the likes of Spirent when he was a Senior Engineer and Analyst at The Tolly Group (www.tolly.com) and was published as a recognized expert with feature stories and columns featured in Network World magazine.
Brian coordinated a successful Global Interoperability test event at the MultiService Switching Forum, a telecommunications industry association which promoted interoperability in the field of next generation networking products. The event encompassed over 50 vendors in 4 countries on 3 continents for 2 weeks of 24/7 testing of over 1,000 test cases! He also sat on the Board of Directors as the Testing Committee Chair of the Voice over IP Security Alliance (VOIPSA).
Brian spent 12 years at Spirent Communications starting his career helping build out a global Professional Services organization. His career culminated when he moved into sales where he focused on assisting clients in the optimization of their labs though automation with a product that was designed to take non-scripters and allow them to build reusable test cases that could be automated with great ease. He continued his lab optimization efforts while at Netscout offering Layer 1 switching solutions for the lab environment to help customers maximize lab efficiency while minimizing costs associated with the re-cabling labs for each test scenario.