Hevey, starting in recent days, was named managing director tolead the play. He tells GlobeSt.com that a senior analyst andadministrative assistant will be hired within 30 days, with up tofour mortgage bankers and more support staff on board by year'send.

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Hevey spent the past 14 years with Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP'sDallas team, rising to managing director. The HFF shop isn'tavailable to comment on his departure.

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Since the integration initiative began, Cohen Financial hasopened in Phoenix, hiring Gregory K. Miskovsky from Marcus &Millichap Capital Corp. last year to lead the team as managingdirector, and relocated its Sacramento office to Colliers' space.FirstService, which bought 75% of Cohen in June 2006, isexpected to stay the course for many Cohen offices and expand intoother cities as the integration plan progresses.

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Cohen also has two offices in its homeport, Downtown Chicago andits suburbs, plus teams in Denver, Miami, Newport Beach, CA,Portland, San Francisco and Tampa. The integration plan includesassembling all or part of the business lines into Colliers' officesin select markets as it did with PKF Consultingto put a capital markets group in San Francisco. The other unitsare McKinstry, a full-service design-build firm; MHPM, a projectmanagement company; PGP Valuation Inc., an appraisal firm andconsultant; and PKF, a hospitality research, advisory and brokeragefirm.

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Hevey says Cohen's Dallas team will crisscross all commercialproduct types, including land, which is one of his specialty areas."I'm familiar with all product types and have been most of mycareer," he says.

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Hevey is headed to Chicago to meet again this week with seniormanagement. When he returns, he says he'll hit the ground running,with some of his long-time clients in hand as fuel for thepipeline. During his HFF tenure, he closed more than $1.5 billionof financings.

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"It's a good time to make a change. It gives me enough time toassemble the team," Hevey says, "and be a well-oiled machine by thetime the capital markets recover."

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