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.

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