Local Bucks County, New Jersey, Resident Wins Honors From Verizon Wireless

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Bucks County resident Gijsbert Van der Plas, a switch technician for Verizon Wireless, has received the company's President's Award for Excellence which recognizes employees for exceptional teamwork, leadership and outstanding customer service.

Van der Plas was honored for his role in activating more than 60 new cell sites and a new switching office in metropolitan New York to offer Verizon Wireless customers the most reliable service in the area. The build-out was part of a multi-billion dollar investment by the company over the past two years to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network and to stay ahead of the strong demand for the company's voice and data services. Verizon Wireless added a record 1.4 million net new customers during the first three months of 2004, more than any other wireless carrier. Last year, the company added 5 million new customers, also a Verizon Wireless milestone.

Van der Plas was one of a seven-member team in the company's Network department to receive the President's Award for Excellence.

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