by Luke Jones
Posted 1/2/2014 08:57 am
Updated 12 months ago
Dean Taylor, president of Verizon Wireless' south-central region, died December 24. He was 45.
Taylor was a 16-year veteran of the telecom industry. He was named a president at Verizon in December 2011, replacing Steve Smith. His region included Arkansas as well as Mississippi, Oklahoma and western Tennessee.
Before that, Taylor was retail sales director in the company's Carolinas-Tennessee region. He graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia and East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where he received his MBA and played football.
Taylor is survived by his wife, his son and daughter, his parents, his brother and his sister. You can see Taylor's obituary and leave condolences here.
A call to Verizon about Taylor's successor had not been returned by deadline.
Arkansas Business interviewed Taylor in 2012 for an Executive Q&A feature. At the time, he talked about the telecommunications company's goal of having its 4G LTE network covering 96 percent of Arkansas by the end of 2013, and he was optimistic about the future of the industry.
"There are literally worlds to conquer that we aren't aware are even out there," he said. "It's such an exciting industry."