Cbeyond's CEO Jim Geiger Receives 2013 Turknett Leadership Character Award

Cbeyond's CEO Jim Geiger Receives 2013 Turknett Leadership Character Award

ATLANTA, Sept. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the
technology ally for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), announced today its
CEO, Jim Geiger, has received the 2013 Turknett Leadership Character Award in
the "CEO/President/Managing Partner – Large Company" category. The Leadership
Character Awards recognize individuals who demonstrate integrity; relate to
customers, suppliers, co-workers and others with respect; and maintain a
culture in which everyone takes responsibility for achieving results while
upholding the organization's core values.

Fifty-two Atlanta leaders were nominated for the 10^th Annual Turknett
Leadership Character Awards bestowed during the September 18, 2103 ceremony
held at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Awards were given in the following
categories: Business (Large Company, Small/Medium Company), Executive/Manager,
Education, Non-Profit, and Inspiritor, with a Lifetime Achievement Award given
to Alana Shepherd, cofounder of the Shepherd Center.

"We are incredibly proud to be able to recognize Jim Geiger this year," said
Lyn and Bob Turknett, co-founders of TLG. "Jim has always led from a place of
character and has such a strong reputation in the community."

"I am humbled and honored to be presented with the 2013 Turknett Leadership
Character Award," said Jim Geiger, founder and CEO of Cbeyond. "This award is
shared with all in the Cbeyond family who give their best every single day to
exemplify the Character of Cbeyond and build a culture where integrity,
respect and responsibility are welcome inside and outside of the workplace."

Geiger is the driving force behind the core values of respect, service and
teamwork that demonstrate Cbeyond's unique corporate culture. These values are
reflected in the company's CALL Character Statement which has four core
principles and is the promise employees make to each other, customers and

  *Care Relentlessly: Care about each other, our customers, our results and
    our communities.
  *Act Graciously: Be good to each other and our customers.
  *Lead Courageously: Do the right thing and do what it takes to make it
  *Learn Continuously: Strive to grow personally and professionally.

Jim Geiger founded Cbeyond in 1999 and continues to serve as the company's
founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer. Earlier in his
career he served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of
Intermedia Communications, as a founding principal and CEO of FiberNet, and
held sales and marketing management positions at Frontier Communications, Inc.
He obtained a bachelor's degree in accounting and pre-law from Clarkson

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About the Leadership Character Awards

Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized
individuals who demonstrate character in leadership by maintaining integrity
while consistently balancing respect and responsibility. GV Financial and
Accord Services are the silver sponsors and Kroger, Career Spa and Talent
Connections are the bronze sponsors of this year's awards. For more
information visit www.leadershipcharacter.com.

About Turknett Leadership Group

TLG's expertise is Leadership. We are Atlanta's premiere resource for
Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Team Building, and much
more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership
Character Model, we help organizations hire the best people, identify and
develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures. For more
information visit www.turknett.com.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), a cloud and communications services provider, is
the technology ally for small and mid-sized business. Our private,
proactively-managed IP network connects customers to voice, data and
enterprise applications hosted in our award-winning cloud data centers. Since
1999, Cbeyond has served the unmet needs of businesses through technology and
service innovation. We were the first company to build an all-IP network
specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer consultative
sales and service professionals onsite. Today, our expanded portfolio helps
customers reduce the burden of outlaying capital and manpower to manage
infrastructure. Creating an exceptional customer experience is in our DNA.
It's why more than a third of our approximately 60,000 customers come from
referrals. For more information on Cbeyond, visit http://www.cbeyond.com and
follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cbeyond.

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