Get to Know Us

Tom Ellam, President

 Tom is a third generation Californian who founded Altamont Technical Services in 1999. Educated with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University Fresno. He then joined Lockheed Missiles & Space in Sunnyvale CA in the Antennas & Electromagnetics Group developing and testing antennas and networks for space based systems. In 1988, he joined the Rantec Anechoic Chamber group as RF Engineering Manager. He remained there for 7 yrs designing and testing EMC absorbers, RCS and EMC anechoic chambers. In 1995 he joined Fair-Rite Products Corp as Product Manager for Ferrite Tile products and automotive components. Later he also managed and operated Fair-Rite’s west coast Sales Manager for Fair-Rite.Tom routinely offers his extensive background in EMC, RF and microwave testing facilities as a resource to Altamont’s customers.

Kathy Ellam, Inside Sales & Administration

Kathy is a registered CPA in the state of California. Her background is in accounting management, corporate accounting for various electronics companies as well as tax and audit work. She has a BA in Business from California State University Fresno. She manages internal sales activities and accounting for the main office and provides a friendly helpful interface with our customers.

Kevin Kiersey, Sales Engineer Northern CA

Kevin completed his undergraduate studies UC Irvine and continued on to study patent law at Northwestern. Prior to joining Altamont, Kevin worked for various industrial product and telecommunication companies including Berkshire Hathaway and SBC. Most recently he served as a Regional Sales Manager for a technical publications firm specializing in the computer electronics industry.

Cary Chai, Sales Engineer & Inside Sales

Cary has extensive inside sales support experience in the EMC world and is considered to be one of our most valuable assets.  She has a degree in astrophysics from University of Oregon and extensive sales history.

Ron Ahlquist, Account Manager - San Diego & Orange County


Ron brings an extremely well rounded set of skills to our group in addition to his electrical engineering background, and long experience in the EMC industry. In 27 yrs at Thermo/Keytek, and more recently North American Technical Manager at EM Test, he has done everything from standards committee work, to marketing, Sales, New Product Introduction, Quality, Application & engineering support, and management of Service & calibration groups. He is well known and respected in the industry and by our customers.

Eric Hahn, Account Manager - Los Angeles & Las Vegas area

Eric Hahn joined Altamont’s team in 2015 and manages sales for the Los Angeles area. Previously, Eric held several positions in the electronics industry for General Dynamics and Raytheon. Eric earned a Bachelor’s degree from the California Maritime Academy; and a Master’s degree from the University of San Diego He is also a US Navy Veteran and reached the rank of Commander.



Matt Ellam, Account Manager Northern CA

The latest member of our staff is Matt Ellam.  At the beginning of 2019, Matt left his position at Lockheed Martin where he tested Satelite antenna systems for Nasa Orion and other commercial satelite programs.  Previously he commissioned a new lab at Google testing mmW RF subsystems and Antennas in compact and near-field ranges.   Matt graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BSEE emphasis in RF.  



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