News Release

North Georgia Businesses Now Have Key Partner In Wireless Voice And Data Communications

Verizon Wireless Names Gainesville Native Dean Smith as Business Sales Manager, North Georgia

November 21, 2004

Caran Smith
Caran.Smith@verizonwireless.com
678-339-4891

ALPHARETTA, GA — Verizon Wireless, America's best, most reliable wireless network, announced today that Dean Smith has joined the company as the Business Sales Manager for North Georgia. Smith, a native of Gainesville and a seasoned business sales executive, is responsible for the service of business customers throughout the north Georgia communities of Athens, Gainesville, Toccoa, Dalton, Rome and Cartersville.

"I'm very excited that Dean has taken the helm in servicing businesses throughout north Georgia," says Mark Bartolomeo, Director of Business Services, Verizon Wireless. "He brings solid experience in the wireless industry to the table and I'm confident he'll be able to give north Georgia businesses the attention they deserve and access to the network quality they need to be effective, efficient and meet their goals."

Smith has 10 years experience in the wireless industry. As Business Sales Manager for North Georgia he will provide consultation to all businesses interested in streamlining their communication needs and increasing employee productivity with wireless data and voice options from the nation's best, most reliable wireless network. The Verizon Wireless business team will work with customers to develop a customized wireless solution that utilizes the many products available and offers them a convenient and customized wireless experience.

"I'm very excited about joining the team and taking the wireless experience of the business community in this region to the next level with Verizon Wireless," says Smith. "I've lived in this market my entire life and I understand the needs of area businesses and the community. These cities are growing quickly and it's time businesses here realize there's another wireless alternative — with the highest quality network available and best-in-class customer service."

Smith is a member of the Gainesville Rotary Club and on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement in Gainesville.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 42.1 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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