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Press Release -- November 21st, 2011
Source: Cbeyond
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Cbeyond Executives Recognized by Atlanta Technology Community for Leadership and Service

Cbeyond CIO Carrie Wheeler, EVP Joe Oesterling Awarded Prestigious Local Honors

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cbeyond (NASDAQ:CBEY, news, filings), a leading provider of IT and communications services to small businesses, announced that two members of its senior leadership team have been awarded prestigious honors within the Atlanta technology community.

Senior Vice President and CIO Carrie Wheeler has been named the 2011 Woman of the Year by Women in Technology (WIT), an Atlanta-based organization that fosters opportunities to develop and promote women for success in technology.

WIT's annual Woman of the Year program commemorates the achievements of women who drive opportunities to shape the next generation of female technology leaders both within their companies and the local community. Wheeler was chosen among three finalists in the mid-market and medium-sized business category, which evaluates candidates from companies with 251-2,500 members. In addition to receiving the award, Wheeler will participate in a discussion panel with fellow finalists during the December WIT Forum meeting to discuss prominent issues women face in today's technology climate.

"It's an amazing honor to receive an award from such a prestigious organization as WIT, and I believe it illustrates the efforts of our team at Cbeyond — those people I have the honor of working with each day," said Wheeler. "Atlanta is fortunate to have a strong support network for technology professionals and WIT's influence on empowering, mentoring and supporting women is a powerful combination. Being a leader in technology, male or female, is about developing and exuding the confidence to solve problems, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity each day to exchange new ideas with both my peers at Cbeyond and within the local community."

Wheeler's selection was the second prestigious Atlanta technology recognition for the Cbeyond team. Joe Oesterling, executive vice president of network and technology at Cbeyond, was honored with a Professional of the Year Award by the Association of Telecom Professionals (ATP).

Oesterling was one of five local leaders to receive a 2011 ATPY Award, earning the group's Industry Leadership Award. Each year, the ATP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the continued professional development and network growth of the telecommunications community, honors exceptional leadership and innovation through its awards program.

Oesterling's team at Cbeyond provides engineering and development associated with Cbeyond's customer network, customer applications, cloud services, internal applications, and shared infrastructure. In addition, his team oversees billing operations, supply chain management, cost management, and facilities.

"Delivering the exceptional service and big business solutions that our small business customers expect requires a collective effort, and I am honored to work with an organization where there truly is no ‘I' in team," said Oesterling. "Only through an open and free-flowing exchange of ideas can we continue to enhance our award-winning IT offerings, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to Cbeyond's ongoing growth."

For more information on WIT's Woman of the Year Awards, visit http://www.mywit.org/signature-events/women-of-the-year-presented-by-grant-thornton/2011-women-of-the-year/honorees. For more information on the ATP's Atlanta Telecom Professional of the Year Awards, visit http://www.atpconnect.org/news/val-rahmani-ceo-damballa-named-2011-atlanta-telecom-professional-year-four-other-telecom-and-te.

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About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) is a leading provider of IT and communications services to 60,000 small businesses in the U.S. Serving growing entrepreneurs, Cbeyond offers more than 30 productivity-enhancing applications including local and long-distance voice, broadband Internet, mobile, BlackBerry®, voicemail, email, Web hosting, fax-to-email, data backup, file-sharing, and virtual private networking. In addition, Cbeyond's Cloud Services division offers virtual and dedicated servers and cloud PBX to small businesses worldwide. The Cloud Services division won Microsoft's Hosting Partner of the Year Award for 2009 and 2010 in connection with Microsoft's Hyper-V Server product. Winning more than 60 awards for product innovation, growth and a quality customer experience, Cbeyond continues to focus on helping small businesses succeed and grow through high-performance technology, superior services and world-class support. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.net and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT's mission is to serve as passionate advocates for advancing women in Georgia's technology community. Each year, more than 1,000 thought leaders and professionals attend WIT Forums, WIT's leadership and networking series. Through "Careers in Action", WIT delivers professional development programs such as Executive Readiness, Leadership Foundations, and Success by Design, created to enable women to hone their leadership skills and achieve visibility within the business community. WIT's philanthropic and educational programs, known as Girls Get IT, collaborate with the business, education, and nonprofit communities to inspire girls of all ages to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). WIT has two annual premier events, WIT Connect: Connecting for a Cause (our annual fundraiser) and WIT's Women of the Year in Technology Awards honoring the women who successfully lead Georgia's technology community. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia, an umbrella membership organization that serves the Georgia technology community. For more information on WIT and the WIT Foundation, WIT's philanthropic arm, visit www.mywit.org.

About the Association of Telecom Professionals (ATP)

Association of Telecom Professionals (ATP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the continued professional development and network growth of the telecommunications community. ATP was created for the purpose of providing an environment for networking, exchanging important industry information, and the recognition of excellence within the international telecom community. Each month ATP meets the professional development needs of our members by drawing upon telecom and communications thought leaders to share their knowledge and experiences. It is through this exchange of ideas that we provide an avenue for networking to our members in the wireline, wireless, media, technology, and enterprise communities. To join ATP or for more information on the many benefits associated with ATP membership and a full calendar of ATP events, please visit the web site at www.atpconnect.org.

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Cbeyond, Inc.
Shana Keith, 678-384-8304
shana.keith@cbeyond.net

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