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MINNEAPOLIS -June 10, 2003-U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray (Piper Jaffray) today announced that John Breon has been appointed director of branches for the Private Advisory Services division and will report to Paul Grangaard, head of the Private Advisory Services division. Breon was formerly a senior vice president of investments for the Private Advisory Services division. As director of branches for the firm, Breon will be responsible for the day-to-day senior leadership of the Private Advisory Services branch network, including client service, recruiting, financial advisor training and growth. The division currently operates 120 private client offices in 20 Midwest, Mountain, Southwest and Pacific states.

"John has demonstrated outstanding leadership talents within the firm and in his active role in the community," said Paul Grangaard, head of the U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray Private Advisory Services division.

"I have spent the last 21 years helping clients achieve their long-term financial goals," said John Breon, director of branches for the Private Advisory Services division. "I look forward to leveraging my experience across the whole organization to further client service, financial advisor training and profitability."

Breon has more than 21 year's of financial experience. Before his most recent post at Piper Jaffray, Breon was an assistant treasurer, at Innsbrook Corporation in St. Louis.

Breon graduated with a bachelor's degrees in accounting from Regis University in Denver and holds a CIMA designation. Breon serves as vice president of the board for Catholic Youth Camps of St. Paul, Minn. He lives in Wayzata, Minn., with his wife Susan and their four children.

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