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 has served as the Chief Executive Officer since founding ABC Phones of North Carolina, Inc. (DBA - A Wireless) in October of 1996 as a freshman in college. He has grown the company from one location to over 750 locations and over $750M 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. He also is an active partner in ABC Family, LLC which owns and manages approximately 100 rental properties.
Rich was born with entrepreneurism in his blood and started his first company at the age of 14; Balot’s DJs. By the time Rich was sixteen he had 7 disc jockeys working for him and was averaging nearly 13 parties per weekend as the largest DJ entertainment company in Eastern North Carolina, until he sold his business at the age of 26.
Rich is an active member in Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and on the local council board of the Boy Scouts. Rich volunteers with numerous local charities, participating with his family.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Carolina University.
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 Brian served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Z Wireless since joining the company in January of 2014.
Mr. Bevin 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 Mr. Bevin served in senior roles for AT&T/Cingular and was responsible for the oversight of all corporate stores.
Mr. Bevin proudly serves as a member of the Board of Directors IMO (Independent Mobile).
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 nearly 600 store base. Gene was promoted to COO following the merger, 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. He 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.
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.
Prior to Cosmedicine, David held finance leadership positions with Kmart and CVS. For Kmart, David served as Divisional Vice President of Finance over a two year stint and, for CVS, David held a variety of finance positions over the course of seven years culminating with a role as Director of FP&A.
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
Ms. Kuehneman joined Z Wireless as SVP of Merchandise and Demand Planning in June of 2013 and is responsible for vendor management, procurement/supply chain, merchandising, and marketing.
Previous experience at Best Buy, GNC, and Saks Fifth Avenue. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.