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ST. PAUL (July 10, 2006) — Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to announce that Lisa Humphreys, senior vice president-investments, was chosen by The Winner's Circle Organization as one of America's Top Female Financial Advisors. Humphreys was ranked 76th on the list of 100 financial advisors, which was unveiled last month in Barron's.

Candidates were evaluated by seasoned researcher R.J. Shook, who writes extensively about the brokerage industry in his annual Winner's Circle books. The ranking is chosen through a host of quantitative and qualitative criteria, ranging from assets managed, revenue produced, experience levels, acceptable compliance records and U4 forms, and discussions with management.

“Lisa is the type of financial advisor who measures her success through the success of her clients, and this is such a deserving honor for her,” said Robert Peterson, head of Private Client Services at Piper Jaffray. “In addition to her commitment to her clients, Lisa serves as a mentor to financial advisors at Piper Jaffray as well as serving on various non-profit and community organization boards.”

According to Shook, "These financial advisors are helping to rewrite the rules of our business and are making a difference in the lives of their clients."

Humphreys has been with Piper Jaffray for 18 years. She is also involved in community organizations, contributing her time as a board member of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Business Academy, YMCA and Woodland Hills Church.

Earlier this year Humphreys was named one of the top financial advisors in the Twin Cities by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

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Piper Jaffray & Co. is the chief operating subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company currently operates through two primary revenue-generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. The sale of the company's Private Client Services branch network, announced April 11, 2006, currently is pending. The company's Capital Markets business generates revenue through two groups, Corporate and Institutional Services and Public Finance Services. Through its chief operating subsidiary, Piper Jaffray & Co., the firm has served corporations, government and nonprofit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. With headquarters in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 2,800 employees in 107 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at

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