NEW YORK -- Lee Brathwaite, president of Verizon's Island Metro region, has been chosen a "Minority Achiever and Believer" by the
Long Island Coalition of Branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
One of five honorees, Brathwaite will be honored at the NAACP's annual luncheon, Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Melville Marriott Hotel in Huntington, Long Island.
The awards are held in connection with Black History Month.
The award is given each year by the coalition to corporate executives who succeed and grow in their own businesses, and who work on issues that benefit
African-Americans on Long Island. The coalition includes NAACP branches in Brookhaven, Hempstead, Huntington, North Shore, Central Long Island and
Eastern Long Island.
"This is truly an honor," said Brathwaite. "Not only is this a recognition of my own achievements, but also of the fantastic support Verizon
provides its employees. Diversity at Verizon is not just a 'nice to do.' Verizon recognizes that each employee has unique characteristics, talents and
contributions, and makes that uniqueness and diversity part of the very fabric of the company."
According to Dolores Thompson, president of the NAACP's Huntington branch, "Lee is the textbook definition of an 'achiever and believer.' He has
continued to succeed within his company and acts as a role model for other minority employees at Verizon. We are happy to bestow this award and give him a
place of honor within the community."
Gary Williams, a Verizon service technician and president of the Brookhaven chapter of the NAACP, said, "I commend Lee Brathwaite for the steps he
has taken to advance the cause of African-American employees at our company. That is what this award from the NAACP is all about. With people like Lee
around, I am proud to be a Verizon employee."
As president of the company's Island Metro region, Brathwaite is responsible for the installation, maintenance and construction of telecommunications services
across Long Island, Queens and the Bronx. Prior to his current position, he was responsible for installation and maintenance issues for Verizon's wholesale
customers on the East Coast.
Brathwaite joined NYNEX (a predecessor to Verizon) in 1986, and has held a variety of sales and operations positions. He graduated from Syracuse
University with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He achieved the rank of First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force,
serving as a bioenvironmental engineer from 1982 to 1985. In 1994 he graduated from Baruch College with an MBA.
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