Charles and Harry Huzenis, founders of Jameson, will maintain anactive role in the new venture as members of the organization'sboard. Jameson's director ofproject development Robert Flannerywill serve as COO of the new firm and Gay Johnson will continue inher role as managing broker. Jameson principals Steven Golovan,Charles Mudd and John Nally will also continue work with thegroup.

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Feurer tells GlobeSt.com that the endeavor is hoped to increasesales volume by 50% or more, and that Jameson has already doubledit staff in preparation. "One of the most valuable pieces of thisproject is our agent-centric attitude," Feurer said. "We hired somuch staff and spent so much on these marketing techniques, ourwhole goal is making these agents better at what they do. It'ssomething we didn't see at any other company, that we really feltis the wave of the future - doing anything possible to make thoseagents more successful at what they do."

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He says the experience and reputation Jameson has developedthroughout its 26 years in Chicago will be extremely beneficial tothe new company. "(Jameson's staff) are well heeled, and have beenin the business for decades," Feurer said. "They have a reallyfirm, established presence in the market."

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Feurer says the merger will build upon each of the companiesstrengths and that the collaboration will form a brokeragepowerhouse. "It became clear to usthat if (CRF Marketing) couldstep out and get with an already established firm, and bring ourmarketing ideas and young energy and talents, we could really takethings to the next level," Feurer said. "It was a perfect fit."

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The merger has been in the works for several months, and Feurersaid there has been a strong reaction from Chicago's real estatecommunity in the two weeks since it took effect. "Already we'vegotten calls from almost every major developer in the city," Feurersaid. "The market is definitely turbulent right now and you needsomebody who has all the tools. ... There have already been fourmajor deals dropped in our laps, so you'll see a huge splash fromJameson before the end of the year." The new firm will handle awide range of real estate, from residential to commercialproperties.

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Jameson Realty Group was started in 1982 by the Huzenis brothersand has annually averaged more than $500 million in sales.Established a decade ago, CRF Marketing boasts a newer but equallyformidable presence in the Chicago housing market. The new firmwill assume the space occupied by Jameson Realty Group at 425 W.North Avenue in Chicago.

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