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Monday, March 06, 2000
BLACKSTONE HIRES INDUSTRY VETERANS TO HEAD NEW LD DIVISION
Blackstone Communications, the newest division of the nation’s leading provider of prepaid products and services, Blackstone Calling Card, announced today the addition of Mike Acton, vice president of alternative channels, and Brian Delatore, vice president of agent services, to head up its new one plus long distance division. Mike Acton, formerly director of alternative channels for First Communications (previously BN1 Communications) of Akron, Ohio, brings over 20 years of business development experience to the company. In his former position, Acton was responsible for the company’s nationwide agent network, wholesale carrier activity, and marketing to affinity groups. Prior career experience includes owning and operating an air freight forwarding company, and a recruiting consultancy company. Acton, in his new position, will be responsible for the development and implementation of new products and services for the company. Bringing over 20 years of telecommunications experience to Blackstone, Brian Delatore formerly held the position of vice president of sales for Orlando Telephone Company, where he was responsible for the growth of prepaid and local long distance sales for the facilities-based carrier. Additional experience includes vice president of hospitality and one plus sales for Amnex Corporation, where Delatore developed and launched the company’s one plus long distance program. Prior to Amnex, Delatore held several management positions with AT&T, in the accounting, purchasing, equipment, and network marketing departments. Delatore will be handling one plus development and agent procurement for Blackstone. Blackstone, with over 3,200 distributors nationwide, and over 7,800 retail accounts in the South Florida region, has rapidly become the country’s largest provider of prepaid telecommunications products and services. The company’s tremendous growth, coupled with the recent explosion in the telecommunications industry, has prompted the formation of the new division. Luis Arias, CEO, states, "Blackstone Calling Card has generated a staggering base of loyal customers over the past 6 years. Mike and Brian, with their extensive experience in telecom management and development, will enable Blackstone to offer our customers the most competitive long distance program in the marketplace." Blackstone Calling Card is a leading provider of prepaid telecommunications products and services. Blackstone offers the industry’s widest assortment of prepaid phone cards, prepaid wireless, prepaid paging, and prepaid Internet services. For more information on Blackstone prepaid products and services, call Andy Viera at 888.639.9590, or at andy@blackstoneonline.com. For more information on Blackstone Communications, please call Mike Acton at 888.639.9590, or at macton@blackstoneonline.com.