June 02, 2016

Sprint Investment in the Pacific Northwest Comes to Life

Sprint goes big in the Pacific NW, expanding offices in Bellevue and Beaverton, building a new leadership team, creating more than 150 jobs and bringing Copa América Centenario international soccer to Seattle

SEATTLE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 02, 2016 - In the first five months of 2016, Sprint (NYSE: S) continues its One Sprint localization strategy by making major strides in its Pacific Northwest expansion. The carrier has established new regional sales offices in Bellevue and Beaverton, and has added more than 150 jobs within the region, including 120 retail positions.

Sprint is also fueling the region’s passion for soccer as an official sponsor of Copa América Centenario, bringing the excitement of international soccer to CenturyLink Field in Seattle on June 4, 14 and 16. In addition, the regional team has made a donation to the Issaquah Soccer Club, a full service club serving families in Issaquah, Sammamish and surrounding communities.

“As Sprint continues its expansion into the Pacific NW, we will continue to open new stores and remain focused on delivering a world-class customer experience,” said Annette Jacobs, president-Pacific Northwest Region at Sprint. “We are rebuilding ourselves within the community through donations, sponsorships and direct involvement with charitable organizations, as we strive to be the carrier of choice in our hometowns.”

Newly Established Sales Leadership Team

Jacobs, who joined Sprint in November 2015, continues to build her team and announces three new sales directors to ensure Sprint customers in the region continue receiving the best experience. The Pacific Northwest territory includes Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

  • Linda Larsen, based in Bellevue, WA, has been named director, Retail Sales overseeing all corporate-owned retail stores in the region. Larsen joined Sprint in February after honing her extensive sales experience at Verizon, AirTouch and T-Mobile. She is responsible for consumer and small business wireless sales, as well as store profitability for more than 100 locations.
  • Eddie Ellard, based in Bellevue, WA, joined Sprint in March as director, Sales-Small & Medium Business (SMB). With previous experience at Verizon, MCI and F5 Networks, Ellard will be responsible for driving business sales growth in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaiian Islands.
  • Sandra Marconi, based in Beaverton, OR, has been appointed director, Sales-Indirect Distribution. Marconi has held sales leadership positions at Sprint for more than 19 years. She will oversee indirect distribution recruitment, development and management, working with local distribution and national retailers for the postpaid and prepaid businesses.

Strong Ties to Soccer

When the Copa América Centenario organizers were looking for a lead sponsor, Sprint jumped at the chance to bring the tournament to soccer passionate Seattle. Sprint is creating an immersive and engaging fan experience that will include an interactive digital wall, 360° photo booth where fans will get digital downloads of their photos for social sharing and charging stations. Additionally, Sprint will supply Copa América Centenario with Flag Bearers from the local community to lead the teams and referees onto the field at the start of each match.

In addition to bringing the excitement of Copa América Centenario, and to enrich the local community where its employees live and shop, Sprint has pledged a $10,000 donation to the Issaquah Soccer Club. Sprint has selected members of the Issaquah Soccer Club to participate as Flag Bearers for each match taking place in Seattle.

“We are grateful that a large company like Sprint has reached into the community and selected us to help build stronger ties to the community,” said Joe Yellig, executive director at Issaquah Soccer Club. “With the assistance offered from Sprint, we’ll continue to provide programs for all players and skill levels.”

Sprint Network in the Pacific Northwest

Sprint customers across the Pacific Northwest are experiencing faster, stronger, more reliable service than before with the availability of Sprint’s LTE Plus Network. LTE Plus, available in more than 200 markets across the country, including locations such as Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Bremerton/Silverdale, Olympia, Port Townsend, Portland, take advantage of Sprint’s rich triband spectrum portfolio and uses some of the world’s most advanced wireless technologies. For example, carrier aggregation creates a wider lane that allows more network traffic to travel at higher rates, enabling Sprint to provide customers even faster data speeds on capable devices. According to Sprint’s analysis of Nielsen Mobile Performance data, Sprint now delivers faster LTE download speeds than Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.1

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.8 million connections as of March 31, 2016 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1Claim based on Sprint’s analysis of average LTE download speeds using Nielsen NMP data (Feb. thru Apr. 2016). Actual download speeds may vary by location and device capability.


John Votava, 949-242-9017

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