John Stanton is a founding member of Trilogy Partnership. John is a wireless industry pioneer, co-founding three, top 10 wireless operators in the United States in the last 25 years. His involvement in the wireless industry began in 1982 when John helped found McCaw Cellular Communications, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman. By 1989, McCaw had grown to be the largest wireless operator in the US and in 1994 was sold to form what is now AT&T; Wireless.
Beginning in 1989, John and his partners formed a number of private entities that in 1994 were combined to form Western Wireless Corporation, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1989 to 2005. In addition to the company’s US operations, Western Wireless also operated wireless networks in eleven foreign countries in Europe, Africa, and South America. Western Wireless was the nation’s seventh largest independent wireless operator when it was acquired by Alltel Corporation in August 2005 in a transaction valued at $6.2B.
VoiceStream Wireless, which was formed as a subsidiary of Western Wireless in 1995, was John’s third wireless endeavor. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1995-2001. VoiceStream spun off as a public company in May of 1999 and was sold to Deutsche Telecom for $50.7B in 2001. Deutsche Telecom subsequently changed the name to T-Mobile USA. John served as Chairman and CEO of T-Mobile USA from 2001-2003.
In 2006, John and several colleagues formed Trilogy Partnership, a private equity fund that invests in exciting, early stage growth opportunities in the wireless ecosystem, and Trilogy International Partners, a wireless operator in Central and South America and New Zealand.
John served as Chairman of national wireless associations three times, once each during the 1980’s representing McCaw, the 1990’s representing Western Wireless and 2000-2001 representing VoiceStream/T-Mobile. He was also a board member and chairman of Clearwire Corporation from 2008 to 2013. He presently serves as a board member of Columbia Sportswear (NASDAQ: COLM) and a Trustee of Whitman College. A Seattle native, John graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Political Science. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Terry Gillespie held several executive titles over the course of nearly 15 years at Western Wireless Corporation, including Vice Chairman, Director, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Terry was Chief
Financial Officer at a Western Wireless predecessor and Senior Vice President and Controller of McCaw Cellular. She started her career at a national public accounting firm.
Terry received her BA in Accounting from the University of Washington. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is also a co-founder and director of Trilogy International Partners.
Peter van Oppen
Alma Mater: Whitman College, BA. Harvard University, MBA
Peter has a wealth of business acumen and investment savvy from nearly 40 years of experience. He is a partner at Trilogy Partnership, a venture capital and private investment firm in Bellevue, Washington. Previously, he was chairman and CEO of Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) and its predecessor companies for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, he worked in medical electronics and as a consultant at Price Waterhouse LLP and Bain & Company in New York, Boston, and London.
Peter serves as board chair of Impinj, Inc. and on the boards of several private companies. He was previously on the boards of Level 3 Communications, Inc., ADIC, Western Wireless, Isilon Systems, and the Basketball Club of Seattle (Sonics). He was chair of the finance and audit committee of UW Medicine, chair of the board of trustees of Whitman College, and an advisory board member and director of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Peter holds a BA in political science from Whitman College and an MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar.
Mr. van Oppen has served as a director of multiple other public companies including Interpoint Corporation, Western Wireless Corporation, Spacelabs Medical, Receptech Corp. and Key Technology.
Greg Shaw is a Senior Director in Microsoft’s Office of the CEO. He is co-author of Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella (Harper Collins) and Editor & Publisher of The Amazon Way books by John Rossman (Clyde Hill Publishing).
Prior to his second tour at Microsoft, Greg was publisher and CEO of Crosscut.com, an online news and opinion magazine.
Greg served as an executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for nearly 9 years. He was the policy and advocacy director for the foundation’s U.S. Program, a role that oversaw public policy, public finance and communications for all domestic initiatives. Greg led the foundation’s Pacific Northwest Program, which focused on improving the lives of low-income families in the region. He created the foundation’s Early Childhood Learning initiative, founded Thrive by Five, and managed the College Readiness portfolio in the State of Washington. He also created the office of Grantee and Partner Engagement.
Prior to joining the foundation, Greg was a partner in the marketing communications firm of Shepardson Stern and Kaminsky (SS+K), where he was an advisor to the foundation and to numerous leading corporate brands. He spent six years as a communications leader at Microsoft, where he helped to create the company’s giving program to provide access to computing and the Internet through public libraries.
Prior to Microsoft, Greg was an executive with Ketchum Communications in Washington, D.C. He has served in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and within the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. He began his career as a writer and editor for numerous newspapers, including the Cherokee Advocate, the newspaper for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Greg has been appointed to numerous start-up, government and nonprofit boards, and is asked frequently to be a speaker on news, media and publishing.
He has a B.A. in journalism from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Greg and his wife have two children.
Alma Mater: Washington State University Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
Mikal Thomsen spent more than 20 years in the wireless industry. He joined McCaw Communications in 1983 as one of its first employees in the cellular division, and remained with the company in both domestic and international operations for nearly a decade. In 1992, he co-founded Pacific Northwest Cellular, where he served as Managing Director. After a series of acquisitions and mergers, he became Chief Operating Officer of Western Wireless and its subsidiary, VoiceStream. When VoiceStream was spun off as a separate company, he became President of Western Wireless. He served in that capacity until Western was sold to Alltel in 2005.
Mikal serves on the board of Jobalign, a Trilogy portfolio company, in addition to a variety of other private company boards. In 2011, Mikal led a group of local investors that purchased the Tacoma Rainiers, a Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. He now serves as Chairman and CEO of the team. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Washington State University and has served as Chairman of the Washington State University Foundation and on the board of the WSU Research Foundation. He is also former board chair of University Prep in Seattle.
Outside Trilogy, Mikal is an active angel investor in the Seattle community. Mikal graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Business. He and his wife have two sons.
Cirillo was born in Pasadena, California, to Howard Cirillo and Carol Grant. He has one step-brother, Adam Grant, who played baseball at UCSB. Cirillo attended Providence High School where he excelled in both baseball and basketball. Then, he enrolled at the University of Southern California after receiving little attention from colleges in his high school years. As a Trojan, he started out as a pitcher; however, he was moved to third base later in his college career. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity there and graduated with a degree in Communications.
Cirillo was drafted in the 11th Round by the Milwaukee Brewers. With the Brewers, Cirillo collected a .300 batting average or better for three seasons, including a career-high .326 in 1999. The same year, he added 198 hits (also a career-high) with 15 home runs and 88 RBI. His most productive season came in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies, when he posted career-highs in RBI (115), runs (111), and doubles (53); finished with 195 hits; and matched his personal-best .326 average. Cirillo also played for the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, and the Arizona Diamondbacks during his 14 year pro career.
Jeff is currently an MLB for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He has three sons: Cole, Carson, and Connor. Connor, who was a member of the Sweets in 2019, is currently a student at USC where he will play baseball for the Trojans in the spring of 2020.
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