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Patrick R. Gaston

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
I Love You, Daniel.

Birthplace

Born:
8/5/1957
Birth Location:
Port Au Prince,

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
All Colors
Favorite Food:
Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
I Love You, Daniel.

Birthplace

Born:
8/5/1957
Birth Location:
Port Au Prince
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Biography

Patrick Reginald Gaston was born on August 5, 1957, in Port Au Prince, Haiti. While still a youth, Gaston and his family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he remained until he relocated to Montreal, Canada, as a teen to attend boarding school. From Montreal, Gaston went on to the University of Massachusetts, from which he graduated with his B.A. degree in management in 1984; that same year he began work with Verizon. In 1992, Gaston received his M.B.A. degree from Northeastern University. In addition to the degrees he was awarded within the United States, Gaston also earned an international certificate in business from Ecolé Superieure de Commerce in Reims, France.

Remaining with Verizon throughout his professional development, Gaston occupied a wide array of management positions, ranging from operations, to marketing, to human resources, to strategic planning and government relations. Eventually, Gaston rose to the position of executive director of Verizon’s Strategic Alliances Group, in which he coordinated the company’s activities within the community.

Gaston was named the president of the Verizon Foundation in 2003; here he was charged with overseeing the philanthropic activities of the company, including the issuing of grant funding to community development programs. The Verizon Foundation placed special emphasis on the utilization of technology and literacy to improve the quality of community life; to help achieve those aims, Gaston oversaw an annual budget of $75 million. In 2007, Gaston took on the additional role of independent director and member of the audit committee of Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc.

In addition to his professional activities with Verizon and Bed Bath & Beyond, Gaston is heavily involved with a variety of organizations and foundations, including the NAACP Special Contributions Fund Board of Trustees; America’s Charities; the Foundation of the University of West Indies; and the World Institute on Disability. Gaston has also served as a fellow at the Aspen Institute, and a guest lecturer on the topics of public responsibility and philanthropy at a long list of universities that included Rutgers University, and Dartmouth College.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Patrick R. Gaston's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Patrick R. Gaston lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his mother's life in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his parents' meeting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his understanding of slavery in Haiti
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Patrick R. Gaston recalls holidays in Haiti
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his early education in Haiti
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his childhood role models
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his aspirations while at Ecole Frere Andre in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers his mother moving to the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers his mother's time alone in the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers his family's move to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Patrick R. Gaston recalls encountering discrimination in the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers the Haitian community in Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers attending boarding school in Montreal, Canada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Patrick R. Gaston describes differences between race relations in Canada and the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Patrick R. Gaston describes attending high school in Montreal and Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Patrick R. Gaston recalls choosing to study business at the University of Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Patrick R. Gaston describes working for International Weekends
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers his social life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his father's lifestyle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Patrick R. Gaston recalls getting hired at New England Telephone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Patrick R. Gaston recalls his first year at New England Telephone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers seeking support and opportunity at New England Telephone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Patrick R. Gaston describes the environment of NYNEX in the 1980s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers his job training employees at NYNEX
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers being hired in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Patrick R. Gaston describes working in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Patrick R. Gaston describes lobbying for the Telecommunications Act of 1996
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Patrick R. Gaston remembers his government relations work for NYNEX and his father's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Patrick R. Gaston describes working as assistant vice president for NYNEX in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Patrick R. Gaston describes serving on various boards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Patrick R. Gaston describes being hired as executive director of the Verizon Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Patrick R. Gaston describes establishing a platform for the Verizon Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Patrick R. Gaston describes the Verizon Foundation's platforms
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Patrick R. Gaston describes the Verizon Foundation's literacy programs and domestic violence prevention, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Patrick R. Gaston describes Verizon Foundation's literacy programs and domestic violence prevention, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Patrick R. Gaston shares advice for people following in his footsteps
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Patrick R. Gaston talks about his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Patrick R. Gaston shares his hopes for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Patrick R. Gaston reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Patrick R. Gaston describes his hopes for minority communities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Patrick R. Gaston narrates his photographs