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March 31, 2008: Jim LaBreche joins Western Bank

ST. PAUL, MN, MARCH 31, 2008: Jim LaBreche joins Western Bank as their newest Vice President of Commercial Banking and is located at the Edina office on West 77th Street. Jim has spent many years in the banking industry with his primary focus concentrated on the west side of the Twin Cities. Most recently from BNC Bank, Jim looks forward to continue his already stellar career with Western Bank.

"I provide business solutions for business people" says LaBreche. His vast experience as a business developer has grown his wealth of knowledge and made him an innovative problem solver. LaBreche says he brings a "great network and experience with individual and small businesses" to Western Bank. He enjoys Western Bank's culture and looks forward to sharing his experience to help anyone he can.

Tony Lemaire, Sr. Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, thinks "Jim has an ambitious work ethic, is incredibly knowledgeable about the banking industry, and has a great attitude. We are excited he is part of our team."

As a board member of the NW Suburban Optimist Club and committee member of the Twin West Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Trucking Association, LaBreche has fostered many connections. He is heavily involved with the local CPA community and the Non-Profit sector. Customer satisfaction is his number one priority and his best source of business is referrals. Western Bank is proud to have LaBreche join the organization.

Founded in 1915, Western Bank is an independent, community bank dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of businesses and offering a full range of services to all of our customers. The bank has six locations serving customers in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Edina, Oakdale, Mounds View, and Maplewood. We have assets of more than $300 million and provide a full line of deposit, loan and investment services to businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Western Bank has always found ways to help customers, to improve the quality of life in our communities, to return profit to shareholders and to care for our employees. Visit www.western-bank.com for more information.

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