We believe that great BBQ comes not just from our process, but from our people. So stop by sometime soon and let us show you what we mean.

Meet Our Leadership Team


Felicia Gouge

Catering Sales

Leya Martinez

Leya Martinez

Assistant Manager

Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Leya considers Tennessee home. She has been a part of The Firehouse’ team for over 7 years and has a passion for investing in the lives of those she works with each day. She loves that we have an environment where learning and growing is encouraged and sought after and that we truly care about our guests and staff.

Leya's Favorites

  • Book: Jane Eyre
  • Music: Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
  • Place: Charleston, SC
  • Bucket List: Hike the Appalachian Trail
Donna Seaton

Donna Seaton


Mrs. Donna is always there to lend a hand and constantly serving others in one of her many roles at The Firehouse. Whether it’s baking homemade desserts for the restaurant in her own kitchen or serving our staff in every way possible, her smile and sweet servant spirit are contagious.

Donna's Favorites

  • Book: The Notebook
  • Music: Country!
  • Place: Home
  • Bucket List: Visit Jerusalem
Justin Seaton

Justin Seaton

Business Development

Went to Samford University in Alabama. Started working at The Firehouse at a younger age than most & was hired full time in April 2012

Justin's Favorites

  • Book: Blue Like Jazz
  • Music: Darrell Scott & Zac Brown Band
  • Place: Fly Fishing in a river in the mountains or at the beach
  • Bucket List: Live on a sailboat deep down south
Tom Seaton

Tom Seaton


Who would have thought that a BBQ-Sandwich Shop in the back of the old ETSU Buc-Mart would become one of the region’s most prominent locally owned restaurant’s 32 years later? Tom Seaton founded The Firehouse with close friend Jimmy Carter in the summer of 1980 & has never looked back. His enthusiasm for teaching & growing young leaders reaches far beyond the walls of The Firehouse as he often participates in leadership forums all throughout the-Tri Cities. His passion is to make a difference that matters in the lives of those who work here.

Tom's Favorites

  • Book: Soul Print, Love Works
  • Music: Zac Brown Band
  • Place: Mountains of East Tennessee
  • Bucket List: Visit Jerusalem