Brooks Honored As Top Influential Businessperson

ORANGEBURG, NY - Lisa Brooks, of Washington Township, NJ, has been named one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business by the The Network Journal Magazine, a publication for black professionals and small business owners. Brooks is Northeast area manager for training for Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile.

Nominated by fellow employees, Brooks was selected for the honor because she has demonstrated the character, integrity and positive thinking that are paramount for success in business. She also was recognized for her leadership and mentoring achievements.

Brooks joined Verizon Wireless in 1993 as a regional training manager and advanced to regional director of training in 1996. She assumed her current position in May and oversees all aspects of training in the company's Northeast area, which stretches from Maine to central New Jersey.

Committed to helping young people succeed, Brooks is a board member of INROADS and Junior Achievement in Bergen County. She also is a member of the American Management Association Training Council and the American Society of Training and Development.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL), Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD), and GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.