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NEW YORK –January 22, 2004 –John Calia, managing director and head of municipal secondary trading at Piper Jaffray & Co., has been named the chair of the New York Regional Community Involvement Council (RCIC) covering the states of New York, Ohio and North Carolina. In addition, he has been named to the firm's Corporate Community Involvement Council (CCIC). The CCIC, a group of Piper Jaffray employees from across the firm's business lines and geographic markets within the organization, will provide direction for grantmaking, sponsorship and volunteer efforts. Calia was chosen as the chair of the RCIC because of his commitment to community involvement and leadership within the firm. The RCIC will make decisions regarding grantmaking in the firm's local, New York region communities.

“We are pleased to have John as the chair of our New York Regional Community Involvement Council,” said Andrew Duff, chairman and chief executive officer at Piper Jaffray. “John's commitment to the New York area community makes him the perfect candidate to represent our firm in this important effort to build stronger communities by focusing our talents and resources in community redevelopment, arts and culture and education.”

Calia has served as the secretary on the executive committee of the Municipal 911 Fund, which is a non-profit organization established to assist families who lost family members of the municipal community in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In addition, he is a member of the executive committee and baseball commissioner of the Holmdel Youth Activities Association in New Jersey. Prior to joining the firm, Calia was at Lehman Brothers for 19 years in the municipal bond trading department.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray is a client-focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company operates through two primary revenue-generating segments - Capital Markets and Private Client Services. Investment Research, an independent group reporting to the CEO, supports clients of both segments. The firm serves corporations, government and non-profit entities, and institutional investors on a national basis and serves the financial advisory needs of private individuals predominantly across the western half of the United States. The firm has over 2900 employees in 123 offices in 23 states across the country and in London, England. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at www.piperjaffray.com. © 2004 Piper Jaffray Companies, 800 Nicollet Mall, Suite 800, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402-7020. Securities products and services offered through Piper Jaffray & Co., member SIPC and NYSE, Inc., and a subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies.

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