John Chapple has been President, Chief Executive Officer. and Chairman of Nextel Partners Inc. and its subsidiaries since August 1998. Mr. Chapple worked to organize Nextel Partners throughout 1998. From 1978 to 1983, he served on the senior management team of Rogers Cablesystems before moving to American Cablesystems as Senior Vice President of Operations from 1983 to 1988. From 1988 to 1995, he served as an Executive Vice President of Operations for McCaw Cellular Communications and subsequently AT&T Wireless Services following the merger of those companies. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Chapple was the President and Chief Operating Officer for Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment in Vancouver, B.C. Orca Bay owned and operated Vancouver's National Basketball Association and National Hockey League sports franchises in addition to the General Motors Place sports arena and retail interests. Mr. Chapple is the past Chairman of Cellular One Group and the Personal Communications Industry Association, past Vice-Chairman of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association and has been on the Board of Governors of the NHL and NBA. Mr. Chapple has been a Director of Cbeyond Communications, Inc. since August 16, 2004. He has been a Director of Nextel Partners and its subsidiaries since 1998. Mr. Chapple is currently on the Syracuse University Maxwell School Board of Advisors and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Business Alliance Board of Governors. Mr. Chapple is a graduate of Syracuse University and Harvard University's Advanced Management Program and has over 24 years of experience in the wireless communications and cable television industries.