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Verizon Wireless Promotes Courtney Kowal To Lakewood, New Jersey, Store Manager

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LAKEWOOD, NJ — Verizon Wireless has promoted Courtney Kowal to manager of its retail location in Lakewood. Kowal will be responsible for customer service, retail sales, inventory, merchandising, and employee training for the store at 1900 Route 70 and Shorrock Street.

Kowal will also oversee the Lakewood location's HopeLine® wireless phone collection program. Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless collects no-longer-used wireless phones, regardless of make, model or carrier, to be refurbished or recycled in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds are donated to domestic violence prevention advocacy groups or used to purchase wireless phones with free airtime for use by survivors. Phone donations are accepted during store business hours, Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

An employee of Verizon Wireless since March 2006, Kowal began as assistant manager of the company's retail store in Toms River (Hooper Avenue) before being promoted to manager. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and resides in Matawan.

Verizon Wireless consistently ranks as one of the best places to work in the United States. For six consecutive years, Verizon Wireless has been named to both Working Mother magazine's "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" list, and to Training magazine's list of "Top 100 Training Organizations In America." This year, the company was ranked top ten in the latter.

In addition, Verizon Wireless offers highly competitive salaries and benefits that include health care coverage that begins on the first day of employment, a 401(k) program with dollar-for-dollar matching of up to six percent of the employee's salary contribution, and tuition reimbursement for both part- and full-time employees who seek continuing education. The company also offers flexible work arrangements and a Backup Dependent Care program that provides employees with access to back-up caregivers for children, adult/elderly dependents and spouses/domestic partners.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at