02.20.2018Inside Verizon

Meet the Engineers behind Best for a Good Reason.

By: Peter Casale

You’ve heard their voices and read their names, now see their faces and learn more about them.

An engineer oversees monitors in a control room

From the top of an icy tower, to the engine of a remote-controlled aircraft, our Best for a Good Reason videos take you anywhere, and everywhere, our network is.

Now you can read the stories of some of the voices behind the videos.

A headshot of Matthew Painley

Matthew Painley

Network Assurance Supervisor. Minneapolis, MN.

"My father and my grandfather were both engineers. Growing up I always wanted to be a professional soccer player, although I figured out at a fairly young age that dream would not come to fruition. I always enjoyed math and science, so becoming an engineer felt natural. I’ve been with Verizon for 4 years now in a leadership rotational program that has allowed me to explore different job roles in cities across the country, from Houston to Silver Spring, MD, and Bellevue, WA. Currently I'm working in Minneapolis. My work challenges me because Verizon is always moving forward and looking for ways to innovate. Yesterday’s solution won’t cut it today. There is always the challenge of asking questions, studying, and learning new things. The future of engineering will continue down the path of automation, and linking all kinds of technology together."

Check out Matthew in, Best for a Good Reason: Control Room


Verizon Engineer Tony LaRose

Tony LaRose

Senior Manager Network Assurance. Kansas City, MO.

"When I was a kid, being an engineer was the last thing on my mind. After I graduated high school I went to work for Wonder Bread. I was there for 10 years before I realized my career wasn’t really going anywhere. So I decided to go back to school for an engineering degree. Now I can say I truly love my job. It is so exciting to work for a company that is constantly on the leading edge of technology. The future is wide open here at Verizon. The company gives its engineers opportunities to experiment and build creative solutions for the future."

Check out Tony in, Best for a Good Reason: The Cave


Verizon Engineer Mirwais Popal

Mirwais Popal

Field Engineer. Manhattan, NY.

"Manhattan is a challenging area to work. From skyscrapers to subway platforms, we have to make sure our customers can get on the network everywhere in the city. I was always fascinated with gadgets and technology when I was younger. In college I knew I wanted to major in something tech-related, and that’s how I got into engineering. It excites me to help build a network that enables our customers to have the best wireless experience available. Technology is the future. Everything one day will be integrated into a network. You need forward-thinking individuals to pave that path."

Check out Mirwais in, Best for a Good Reason: Heights and Depths


Verizon Engineer Weimer Taborga

Weimar Taborga

Director Network System Performance. Minneapolis, MN.

"Growing up I always wanted to be an engineer. I was fascinated with electronics, and I knew I wanted to build them. The most exciting thing about my job is that I get to do different things almost every day. Things are happening in the world in real time, so we have to provide solutions in real time. There’s no monotony in the wireless environment. I get to see, first hand, the evolution of our network, and deploy new technology for the benefit of our customers. The job of an engineer is really to facilitate the lives of human beings. The future of engineering has no limits."

Check out Weimar in, Best for a Good Reason: Stadium Catwalk


Verizon Engineer Diana Scudder

Diana Scudder

Executive Director Network Assurance. Denver, CO.

"I’ve been with Verizon for 20 years. I started out as an Administrative Assistant to a Network Operations Director. I found the network to be a fascinating place to work, and I wanted to learn more about our business. I went back to school for my business degree while learning as much about our network as possible. Today I lead a team of engineers. What excites me most about my job is that I get to work for the industry leader on the cutting edge of technology. As technology continues to evolve, so does the field of engineering. Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence are a big part of our future. Software and programming skills are becoming increasingly more important for engineers to know."

Check out Eddie in, Best for a Good Reason: Nerve Center


Verizon Engineer Eddie Arnold

Eddie Arnold

Network Assurance Manager. Chatsworth, CA.

"I didn’t know I wanted to be an engineer. As a kid growing up I wanted to be a detective. I knew I liked to solve problems. I worked for a hard drive duplication company out of high school. I loved seeing the engineers solving issues with coding, then testing, then coding again and re-testing until he got it right. The work intrigued so I started school and earned a degree in electrical engineering. The engineering world today is not only digital, it’s global. Things are moving faster and farther than ever before. It’s both challenging and exciting. We see the trends, predict outcomes, and create solutions on the fly. Working and creating in one of the most ever-changing fields, I know engineers will continue to write history."

Check out Eddie in, Best for a Good Reason: Fire Command Post

About the author(s): 

Peter Casale is a member of the Verizon Corporate Communications team. He's the resident writer, producer and creative who likes to tell stories — just ask his parents, he's been doing it his whole life.