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Chicagoland brokerage president dies

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Doug Ayers, president and CEO of Keonig & Strey Real Living, has died of cancer, the brokerage announced Friday. He was 50. Koenig & Strey is an affiliate of HomeServices of America Inc. and has more than 1,000 real estate professionals in the Chicago metro area. Ayers had a talent for bringing out the best in others, the brokerage said. "Though real estate was his passion, his gift was the ability to encourage and develop people. He helped us to be better, kinder and more global in our thinking, lessons that reached far beyond real estate," said Nancy Nagy, the brokerage's senior vice president and interim chief operating officer, in a statement. Ayers was appointed to head the brokerage in January 2007, after 26 years in the business. Ayers began his real estate career as a sales associate for Burnet Realty in Minneapolis in 1981.  After Coldwell Banker acquired Burnet in 1998, Ayers became president and chief operating officer for the company's Chicago and ...