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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Realtors Michael Zeppieri and Paul Harsch announced a new alliance on Tuesday under which Zeppieri is closing the Williamstown office of his RCI Real Estate and joining Harsch Associates as a junior partner together with his two Williamstown associates, Lynn Blake and Rebecca Gold. The two said that Zeppieri will purchase the Harsch Associates office building and 311 Main Street real estate "at a future date." The combination brings to nine the total number of sales associates at Harsch, plus the two partners. Harsch, who opened his agency in 1979 after working since 1975 with the late Phil Alton, said he anticipates the arrangement may ultimately lead to him turning over the business to Zeppieri as well. For now, however, he remains an active principal.
"Michael has youth, energy and enthusiasm on his side not to mention a strong track record of sales and marketing plus a keen eye for investing," said Harsch. He said the longterm goal will be for Zeppieri to "assume the leadership of the company but first we will fully integrate him and his associates into the Harsch team. There will be no changes whatsoever to our style or method of business at the outset." Harsch sold his Bennington office in February to real-estate entrepreneur Jack Appelman, of Manchester, Vt. At one time, he had 50 sales associates in three offices. Harsch lives in Pownal, Vt.
Zeppieri began his real-estate career in 1991 by joining his father's firm and assumed ownership with his father's death i n1995. A native of North Adams, he now lives in Williamstown. Last month, he was named president of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. Zeppieri and his co-workers will be in their new offices in the Harsch building starting next week when the RCI Williamstown office closes. RCI in North Adams in unaffected by the changes in Williamstown. "I am extremely pleased and honored that Paul has chosen to invite me to his highly regarded firm and to have offered me a partnership role," Zeppieri said.