Choice One Is Arenas First Choice

December 31, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — Choice One was the first choice to handle telecom services for the Van Andel Arena, the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Grand Rapids Rampage, DP Fox Holdings and its affiliated companies including the Fox Motor Group.

Choice One Communications Inc., with an office at 56 Grandville Ave. SW in Grand Rapids — known as U.S. Exchange before Choice One purchased it. Choice One recently signed a multi-year agreement with the arena and the businesses owned by Dan and Pamella DeVos to provide telecom services.

As part of the deal, Choice One was named the official telecommunications partner of the arena, the American Hockey League Griffins, the Arena Football League Rampage, and the DP Fox subsidiaries.

“Our voice and data telecommunications services are critical to the success of our organization,” said Scott Gorsline, COO for DP Fox Sports and Entertainment.

“As the existing telecommunications services provider for several DP Fox affiliates, Choice One has a proven track record as a high quality telecommunications provider. We are very pleased about this opportunity to expand upon our existing relationship and become true business partners with Choice One,” he added.

Grant Zondervan, DP Fox director of information technology, said due to his company’s diverse nature, it has a variety of telecom needs that have to be filled.

“Choice One has provided customized bundled telecommunications solutions that meet the needs of our various diversified businesses and has followed through with high quality service and support,” said Zondervan.

Phil Yawman, Choice One executive vice president of corporate development, said West Michigan remains an important region for the company, which serves markets in 29 states across the Northeast and Midwest.

“We are very proud to be named the official telecommunications partner of the Van Andel Arena and of DP Fox, one of western Michigan’s most highly respected organizations, and its affiliates, the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Grand Rapids Rampage,” said Yawman.

The telecom agreement also includes a marketing partnership, which involves signage in the arena, special events promotions with the teams, game tickets and advertising. Terms of the deal, which was signed before Christmas, were not revealed.

Choice One, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., has 200 employees in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

The firm has similar agreements with the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Sabres, the Green Bay Packers, the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

All but the Sabres, a National Hockey League franchise, belong to the National Football League.

DP Fox has holdings in sports, transportation and real estate. The company is the majority owner of the Griffins and the sole owner of the Rampage. The firm’s real estate division is involved with commercial and residential development, while its transportation businesses are in automobile sales and air travel. 

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