To Our Team
We are committed to providing our teammates a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Above all, teammates will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every A Wireless Customer.
Founder and Executive Chairman
Richard (“Rich”) Balot founded ABC Phones of North Carolina, Inc. (DBA - A Wireless) in October of 1996 as a freshman in college. Under his leadership the company has grown from one location to over 750 locations and over $1 Billion in revenue. As one of only six National Premium Retailers for Verizon Wireless, Rich has made a name for both himself and the company as leaders in the industry.
Rich is an active member in Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and on the local council board of the Boy Scouts. He also volunteers with numerous local charities, participating with his family. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University.
Rich is married and has four children. He enjoys spending time with his family; watching his children play sports and gymnastics.
Chief Executive Officer
Bryan Bevin currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of A Wireless - Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer. He has served in that capacity since A Wireless and Z Wireless merged in March of 2015. Prior to this Bryan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Wireless since joining the company in January of 2014.
Bryan previously served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Radio Shack from 2008 until 2011. In that role he reported to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for over 6,000 stores and $4 billion in revenue. Prior to this Bryan served in senior roles for AT&T/Cingular and was responsible for the oversight of all corporate stores.
Bryan is married and has two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle. He is an oenophile and appreciates automobiles.
Chief Operating Officer
Gene serves as the Chief Operating Officer of A Wireless and is responsible for overseeing all retail operations for the Company’s 750 + store base. Gene was promoted to COO in 2015, and previously served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Operations for Z Wireless since joining the Company in October 2014.
Prior to Z Wireless, he served as President of the retail division of EZ Corp from 2012-2014, responsible for all aspects of a $750 million financial services company. Gene also served in senior roles at Radio Shack from 2009-2012 including Senior Vice President of US Operations and was responsible for leading the integration of the Verizon wireless partnership into Radio Shack. Gene started his career at Blockbuster where he held roles of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Operations in the United Kingdom and Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations responsible for 4,500 US stores. Gene earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Toledo.
Gene is married and has four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing and watching his children play sports.
Chief Financial Officer
David joined the A Wireless team in May, 2015 as our Chief Financial Officer. David previously worked for Planet Fitness as Senior Director of FP&A. In this role, he championed the effort to successfully file a confidential S-1 SEC filing in preparation for an IPO event.
Prior to Planet Fitness, David served as Vice President of FP&A for JC Penney. At JC Penney, David coordinated the annual budgeting and monthly forecasting processes for the entire organization representing annualized revenues of approximately $13 billion.
Prior to JC Penney, David spent seven years with RadioShack as Vice President of Finance. In this role, he was responsible for FP&A, treasury, tax, inventory management (planning, purchasing and allocation) and risk management.
Prior to RadioShack, David served as Chief Financial Officer for Cosmedicine (dba Advanced Aesthetics Inc.), a $160 million revenue manufacturer of hair and skin care products. David was one of the three founding members of this company in 2002 that brought the company from start-up ($0 in revenue and three employees) to more than $160 million in annual revenue and 700 employees. David also led the effort to successfully take the company public in 2006.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Babson Graduate School of Business. David also possess a CPA license that is currently in inactive status (too busy with all the roles above to keep up with all the CPE requirements!!)
David is married with a nine year old son and spends most of his weekends with the family at home or at the little league baseball fields urging his son to get baseball ready!
Chief Merchandising Officer
Karen currently serves as the Chief Merchandising Officer for A Wireless and oversees all aspects of inventory, logistics, and marketing. Karen assumed this responsibility in March 2015. Prior to this she was Senior Vice President of Merchandise and Demand Planning for Z Wireless and was responsible for vendor management, procurement/supply chain, merchandising, and marketing.
Prior to Z Wireless Karen served as Partner for Arete Global Partners, LLC., Vice President of International Operations for Accretive Health and GNC. Karen also served as Vice President of Commercial Operations for Best Buy. Previous experience includes Director roles for Nordstrom and Saks Inc.
Karen hold a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Wisconsin and a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University.
Karen enjoys playing golf and watching movies.