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Former HomeGain chief heads to ZipRealty

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Richard Sommer, former CEO for HomeGain, has been hired to serve as the new CEO for ZipRealty and will start work Sept. 6, ZipRealty announced today. He replaces Eric A. Danziger, who stepped down Aug. 1 as ZipRealty president and CEO. HomeGain, which offers online marketing services for real estate professionals, and ZipRealty, a publicly traded real estate brokerage company, both launched in 1999 and are based in Emeryville, Calif. "We're excited to welcome Richard as ZipRealty's new CEO, as he brings the ideal blend of real estate and executive-level management experience to help pilot the company to its next level of success," said Don Wood, ZipRealty board chairman, in a statement. ZipRealty president, Gary Beasley, said, "Richard is a proven executive and established innovator, and we are looking forward to his taking the helm and infusing the company with his energy, passion and vision for the future of our brand." "ZipRealty has maintained its role as a leading real estate bro...