Verizon Wireless Presents Three Tri-Cities Employees With Prestiguous President's Cabinet Award

KINGSPORT, TN — Kelly Parks, Chad Rutherford and Bob Dade earn membership into Verizon Wireless' President's Cabinet, an honor reserved for those ranking in the top one percent nationally in sales during 2007.

Verizon Wireless recognizes employees that demonstrate exceptional sales leadership and customer service in assisting clientele with wireless productivity tools, including wireless data applications like high-speed BroadbandAccess service, V CAST and other Verizon Wireless multimedia and data solutions. The recognition places all three individuals in the company's top performers among its more than 18,000 sales executives across the country.

Dade is a Retail Sales Representative for Verizon Wireless' direct alternative distribution channel in Circuit City in Kingsport, Tennessee. He helps customers choose equipment, services and plans most suitable for their needs. In addition to the President's Cabinet Award, Dade earned membership into the 2007 Winner's Circle Club, an honor reserved for employees who exceed both their yearly sales and revenue objectives.

Parks serves as a Senior Sales Representative at Verizon Wireless' Bristol, Virginia store. In addition to supporting customers needs related to products and services, Parks is responsible for coaching and developing the retail sales team in the location. Parks also earned membership into the 2007 Winners Circle Club and the number one retail sales representative for Verizon Wireless in the Carolinas/Tennessee Region.

Rutherford, who now serves as the Assistant Store Manager for Verizon Wireless' Bristol, Virginia retail location, also earned the Winner's Circle award in 2007. Rutherford joined Verizon Wireless in May 2006.

"At Verizon Wireless, we encourage our employees to focus on their potential and provide them with tools and support to get to the next level," said Jerry Fountain, president— Carolinas/ Tennessee region, Verizon Wireless. "The retail sales team in East Tennessee exemplifies what it means to reach for that potential, and are highly valued by us and our customers."

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