News Release

Verizon Wireless Hires Former Cellular 2000 Employees For St. Cloud, Minnesota, Sales Operations

February 28, 2005

Karen Smith
Karen.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
763-595-2511Kristi Nelson
For Verizon Wireless
Kjn@Lilja.com
952-893-7140

ST. CLOUD, MN — Verizon Wireless announced today the hiring of thirteen new employees for its retail and business sales operations in St. Cloud, Minn. Each of the employees was formerly employed by Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud, which was acquired today by Verizon Wireless.

Sheila A. Landucci was named business account executive for the St. Cloud area. A ten-year veteran of Cellular 2000 of St. Cloud, Landucci served in retail sales and as business account manager for the past five years. She will be based at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 126 W. Divison St. in Waite Park.

Julie A. Frana was named manager of the Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Waite Park. Since 2001, Frana served as retail store manager at the Cellular 2000 Sauk Rapids store. From 1997 to 2001, she worked as a Cellular 2000 retail sales representative and supervisor.

Katie T. Zirbes was named assistant manager of the Waite Park store. For the past two years, Zirbes served as a retail sales representative for Cellular 2000 at its Sauk Rapids store.

In addition, the following employees have been named retail sales representatives at the Waite Park store; Jon Bartell, Joseph Betzold, Christine Chafee, Stephanie Endres, Joshua Hauser, Joseph Kramer, Jessica Lewerke, Sara Moliter, Thomas Parker and Jason Seeman.

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