News Release

Verizon Wireless Names Thomas Begasse Store Manager at Ocean County, New Jersey, Mall

February 26, 2004

Sheldon Jones
Sheldon.Jones@VerizonWireless.com
215-638-5668 (office)
215-219-8890 (mobile)Pam Boyd
pam@thomasboyd.com
856-642-6226

TOMS RIVER, NJ — Verizon Wireless has named Thomas Begasse manager of its retail location in the Ocean County Mall. In his new position, Begasse will be responsible for customer service, retail sales and employee training.

Previously, Begasse was the manager of Verizon Wireless' retail stores in West Long Branch and the Monmouth Mall. An employee of Verizon Wireless for over two years, Begasse won the Top Manager Award in 2003 for the highest percentage of sales quotas.

An Atlantic County resident, Begasse received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.

About Verizon Wireless
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