Back in 1980, a dog in a rumpled trench coat said, “You don’t know me yet. But you will.” Since then, McGruff the Crime Dog® has taught millions of people that the police can’t fight crime alone – crime prevention is everybody’s business and everyone can help “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®.”
Through television commercials, comic books, live appearances, and more, McGruff has encouraged Americans to take common-sense steps to reduce crime. Some of his favorite messages are:
- To lock doors, leave the lights on when away from home, and let neighbors know when you go on vacation
- Do things that build a sense of neighborhood and create communities that don’t produce crime and where people look out for each other and kids feel safe
- Get involved, join Neighborhood Watch, and clean up streets and parks
- For children and teens to protect themselves from substance abuse, bullies, and gang violence
Mark Tina is the Vice President of Business Sales for Verizon Business, overseeing the mid-market wireless business team for the Eastern region of the United States.
He is responsible for an organization of over 1k sales professionals and leaders, serving small and medium-size businesses with innovative managed solutions for total connectivity, communications and collaboration. His team is focused on helping accelerate the recovery of medium-sized businesses in the U.S. with the power of Verizon’s unmatched 5G, as well as security and connectivity solutions such as BlueJeans, One Talk and Verizon Connect.
Mark has over 20 years of sales and progressive leadership experience across various sales and business development channels and has held leadership positions in top markets across the U.S. He was directly responsible for leading one of the first Verizon Indirect Business teams in 2019. In 2020, Mark co-created LEAD Together, Verizon Business’ mentorship program, which enables employees across business units to develop leadership skills.
Previously, he served as the Executive Director for the Eastern United States, leading various SMB and Strategic Data Sales teams, including Retail to Business, Indirect to Business, Security/SaaS and IOT Resell sales and operations. His organization consisted of over 550 sales professionals across 24 states of the U.S., servicing small to medium business customers, which included managing SMB in over 700 Corporate-owned retail locations and over 3,000 Indirect agent locations. His teams delivered relevant technology solutions across their customer base, while delivering significant revenue growth.
Earlier, Mark served as the Executive Director of B2B in the Northeast and was the Retail Sales Director in New York and Boston. He also served the Business Sales Director in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia before transitioning to retail.
Mark holds both a Bachelor Degree and an MBA in Business Management and Administration from Iona College. He serves as an Executive Sponsor of VALOR (Veterans and Advocates Leading the Organization Responsibly), Verizon’s employee resource group committed to supporting active and retired military employees.