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Tuesday, March 31, 12:05 p.m.-12:55 p.m.The George Dean Johnson Jr. College of BusinessBMW Classroom (Room 150)160 E. Saint John St. Spartanburg, SC 29306
Krish Patel started as
an adolescent learning the skills and leadership it takes to be a successful
entrepreneur while working with his family’s hotel business. While a full-time
student at USC Upstate, Patel also worked full-time at Verizon Wireless as a
customer service representative and later as a sales representative. In 2006, he was ranked second in sales
(out of 350 sales reps) in the Carolinas and Tennessee region for making 167
percent of quota. Patel moved into the corporate management side of Verizon
Wireless and received what he says was the “best training in the industry.” In 2007,
while a student in the University’s new Business Enterprise class, he
formulated a business plan to start his own Verizon Wireless retail outlet. The
plan then led to a trade partnership (franchise agreement) under the name
Wireless Communications. He opened his first Wireless Communications store on
Pelham Road in Greenville in October 2008 and a second location on Augusta Road
just two months later.
currently oversees the daily operations of 46 Verizon Wireless retail locations
throughout South Carolina, Georgia and Texas. With this success, Patel and
the company have earned awards from Verizon Wireless in all categories.
Verizon has also given Wireless Communications the title of Premium Wireless
Retailer because of its success and growth in just three years. In 2012, Inc.
magazine ranked Wireless Communications "Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer" number
25 in its 31st annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the
nation’s fastest-growing private companies. In addition, the company ranked No.
2 overall in the Retail Industry. In
2013, Krish was accepted into Harvard Business School Key Executive Program and
Owner President Management class 47. These programs are designed to develop the
outlook, skills, and leadership ability senior executives require to succeed.
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