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 PHOENIX, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- American Wireless Systems Inc. (OTC: AWSY) voted to expand its board of directors at a regular meeting of the company's board held Tuesday at company headquarters in Phoenix. Joining the previous three-member board are John I. Leahy, Baltimore; Robert A. Mayer, Las Vegas; and James N. Orth of Irvine, Calif.
 "We are extremely pleased to make these additions to our board of directors," stated AWSY's president William R. Jenkins. "John, Robert and Jim all have substantial expertise in financial management and marketing that will broaden our capabilities and aid us in reaching our goal of becoming a major provider of wireless cable service in the U.S."
 In addition to serving on AWSY's board of directors:
 Leahy is president of Management & Marketing Associates, a closely allied affiliate of The Maryland Consulting Group. He previously held several senior management and marketing positions with Black & Decker Corp. including president and group executive, western hemisphere, president of B&D's U.S. subsidiary and vice president of marketing and general sales manager.
 A graduate of Loyola College with a bachelor's degree in business administration and the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School, Leahy also serves as a member of the board of eight organizations including: Master Power Inc. (chairman); Envirco Corp.; Thurman-Easter Co.; Legacy Management Co.; Loyola College; American Supply & Machinery Management Association Inc.; Union Memorial Hospital; Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
 Mayer is senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Sierra Health Services, a full-service employee benefits company and serves as chairman of Sierra Health and Life Insurance Co., a SHS subsidiary with revenues of approximately $50 million annually. Prior to joining SHS, he was vice president and regional financial officer for Equicor Inc.; executive vice president of operations and finance, western region for HCA Healthplans; executive vice president and chief financial officer for Family Health Foundation and manager for Deloitte, Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte Touche).
 A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, he pursued doctoral studies in Applied Economics also at Berkeley. A certified public accountant, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the California and Nevada State Societies of CPAs; vice chair, Institute for Insurance and Risk Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, College of Business and Economics, and a member of the President's Associates of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
 Orth currently serves as co-founder and executive vice president of National investors Financial Inc., a real estate investment banking firm specializing in underwriting, issuing and funding mortgage backed securities for single family home subdivision construction lending. He is also co-founder of Mortgagebank of America, currently in the formative stage as a REIT. Prior to forming NIF and MBA, he founded or co-founded five other real estate, energy related, venture capital and securities firms. Previously, he was a vice president and branch manger of ENI Corp. and a manager for IBM Corp.
 A graduate of the University of Wyoming with a bachelor of science degree in economics, he undertook additional graduate study in the Masters in Business Administration program at the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Association of Financial Planners and holds a California real estate brokers license, NASD securities licenses -- Series 7, 24, 22, 39, 63, a California Life and Disability Insurance License and is a Certified Financial Planner.
 American Wireless Systems Inc. is headquartered in Phoenix. American Wireless Systems acquires wireless cable television licenses and develops and operates wireless cable systems.
 Wireless cable transmission involves transmitting microwave television frequencies over the air to receivers in a subscriber's home. Over the air transmission eliminates the need for extensive cable networks that are more expensive to install and maintain. Wireless networks are well suited to integrate voice, data and video signals and may offer more diverse television and video programming of equal or better quality at lower rates than existing hard-wired (metal) or fiber optic cable.
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 /CONTACT: Trudy M. Self of Self & Associates, 818-880-5437; or William R. Jenkins, CEO, 602-494-7003/

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