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Wednesday, February 28, 2001
BLACKSTONE APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF IT
Blackstone (www.blackstoneonline.com), one of the nation’s leading providers of prepaid products and services, announced today the addition of Ron Holton to its Information Technologies department as director of IT. Ron joins Blackstone from Bank of America, where he was Vice President of Network Operations. Prior to Bank of America, Ron was the Senior Network Engineer at Orlando Regional Health Care System. In his role as director of IT, Ron will be providing direction to all projects as they pertain to the day- to-day operations and develop long-term operational procedures to enable Blackstone to continue their rapid expansion in the electronic transaction industry. This will include working with inside and outside IT staff, handling all the company’s network development, including Blackstone POS™ and Blackstone ISP™. Blackstone is one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Today, Blackstone has developed the most innovative point-of-sale system. By integrating the processing of all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover Card) and ATM/bank cards with the sale of prepaid cellular and prepaid calling cards into one, easy-to-use POS terminal, Blackstone POS, has revolutionized the electronic transaction industry. For more information on Blackstone’s prepaid products and services contact Andy Viera at 1-800-639-9590 or visit www.blackstoneonline.com. Blackstone POS and Blackstone ISP are trademarks of Blackstone Communications Co.