William B. Westbrook
Economics, Business Technology, Finance, & Workforce Performance
Investor Relations, Corporate Communications
Luis H. Vega
Team Building, Global Operations Specialist, Defense & Government Logistics
International business, capital raise, SEC reporting and scaling business worldwide
Ronald A. Vega
International Trade Compliance
Supply chain specialist
A. Hakeem Wahed
Middle East Culture & business development specialist
Will Westbrook - CEO
In 2009, Mr. Westbrook completed the first in a series of global trade transactions inspiring him to form a company directly suited for this type of business, which was given the name of Estmar Global, Inc. Global trade transactions continued through Estmar Global, Inc. until the end of 2011 when it became apparent that to attain a consistent and higher rate of closings, Estmar Global, Inc. would need to enhance its business model. SoOum Corp was born February 2, 2013.
Luis J. Vega - COO
21 years serving US Army Spec Ops., covering nearly every major conflict since 1984 including Bosnia, Iraq & Afghanistan. As a soldier and DOD civilian (Cubic Defense, American Federal) he worked with governments and the UN sourcing commodities and delivering to war-torn countries and frontier markets. He is a proven leader who has managed a broad range of personnel from small teams to large corporate departments (Royal Bank of Scotland, SMI GMS, BP). He has created and carried out strategic plans within executive environments and at the high-performing team levels to meet organizational goals.
Ronald A. Vega - CCO
Ronald has over 17 years experience in a wide range of leadership and advisory positions, achieving business goals through the strategic design and unification of global trade programs. Highly proficient in the interpretation and application of International Trade and Tax laws across multiple jurisdictions, his extensive work in operational improvement, risk management, and internal controls creates an adaptive global network with the business intelligence to actively deliver significant economic and operational growth.
A. Hakeem Wahed - Vice President Operations
Mr. Wahed is a cultured Afghan-American who is knowledgeable in Afghan national history and is very well connected in MENA and Macedonia. He has a broad experience in all phases of computer hardware/software, sales, as well as the marketing cycle from concept to development to marketing. He effectively finalizes business transactions outside traditional channels. Mr. Wahed is a dedicated team worker with the ability to build rapport with staff and improve morale.
Phillip M. Micallef - Director Business Development
Phillip Martin Micallef is based in the Mediterranean island of Malta. He specializes in implementing creative and innovative growth strategies through social media and marketing. He has many years of experience in Real Estate with a proven record of closing deals using professionalism, integrity, and an attitude of building lasting relationships.
Steve Messina - CIO
Steve Messina has over 20 years experience on Wall Street as a Fixed Income Execution Trader for Oppenheimer & Company. Responsible for the Trading and Marketing of Federal Agency bonds and US Treasuries to Oppenheimer’s sales force. After several successful years generating revenue and sales commission for the firm, he was promoted to Executive Director and moved to the Inter-Dealer and Institutional Sales-Trading Desk. As Executive Director, Steve cultivated and managed over 150 Institutional accounts and was instrumental in enhancing the firm's Fixed Income presence within Capital Markets domestically and abroad.
Terence Byrne (CFO’17)
Terence was born in Yonkers, New York in 1958. He received a B.A. degree in economics from Villanova University of Villanova, Pennsylvania in 1980.
In 1980 he joined International Signal & Control (subsidiary - ESI) as a business developer in the countries of Nigeria, Israel, Pakistan, India and other frontier nations driving company revenues within these markets from $40,000,000 to $2,000,000,000.
In 1985 Mr. Bryne started up Allivane ltd in London, UK which marketed and sold fuse technologies internationally and also built fuse plants including the entire assembly line.
In 1989 through Byrne Industries, he bought Breed Industries Defense Systems (Alan Breed) in Boonton, New Jersey for $10,000,000 while purchasing Newmax Corp (owned by Tataran) for $12,000,000 and delivered contracts and merged into Digital Optronics, Inc. - Digital Optronics a NASDAQ Company. Mr Byrne acted as Chairman and CEO during the development (bringing in customers such as Lockheed Martin) and sale of these group of companies.
In 1995 Mr. Byrne was asked to take over as CEO of Tirex Corp and tasked with the responsibility of building a plant to recycle tire(rubber). He raised $21,00,000 for the construction of said manufacturing plant and fully operated the company to an enterprise value of $145,000,000 in 2000.
In 2003 Mr. Byrne created Bartholomew International Investments, Inc. in NYC where he completed roughly 95 reverse mergers and successfully funded approximately $30,000,000 to early stage and micro cap companies.
Throughout the period of 2009 through 2017 Terence consulted companies like Mosaic Capital in Los Angeles, CA transitioning to a corporate finance group from an original M&A structure and developing transactions for the group for $10,000,000. During this time he acted in various interim and full-time officer/director capacities in attempting to get micro cap companies financed, operationally structured and developed.
Presently, Mr. Byrne acts as the CFO of SoOum Corp during the redevelopment of the company’s global online trading platform directing the finance, reporting and working with the Board to develop operations and the over business model.