"We have some great guys who are bringing the business in,"Zigler explains. "What I'll be able to do is support those guys,and be someone the clients can reach with questions or otherissues." Additionally, Zigler says, he'll head up marketingresearch, analysis and provide backup support to his colleagues."My hands will be in a little bit of everything," he comments.

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Zigler acknowledges he'd been looking for a new position, thoughsays his departure from Kaplan Acquisitions last summer wasamicable. He says he'd turned down a variety of job offers beforeLMI came along.

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"I've known Ken (Lawrence, LMI's principal) and the guys herefor more than 10 years," Zigler explains. "They were clients ofours while I was at O'Connor, and I'd been looking for the rightopportunity for a new position." He tells GlobeSt.com he'd touchedbase with Lawrence during the holidays and "he suggested we talk,and work together in a way that would make sense for all ofus."

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Before joining Kaplan Acquisitions in 2006, Zigler served a morethan seven-year stint at O'Connor & Associates. The more than13 years combined experience on all sides of the research andanalysis side of real estate will benefit LMI Capital, heexplains.

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"A lot of the lenders and equity providers working with LMI arepeople I dealt with from the 'third side' of the conference tableat Kaplan," Zigler comments. "All of this gives me the ability tolook at deals from the perspective of the actual borrower or owner,in addition to analyzing the actual financial background."

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