Graduating Class of Crye-Leike Focuses on Premier Properties

Memphis, Tenn. – A total of 30 Crye-Leike sales associates in Memphis recently completed a highly-specialized training program on marketing premier properties valued at $400,000 or more. The two-day course, offered by Crye-Leike, Realtors for its sales associates, included segments on architecture, custom construction, insurance, appraisal and finance issues. Also included were on-site consultations with interior and exterior design and engineering professionals as well as a bus tour through historic neighborhoods that focused on architecture and history.

Those sales associates from Crye-Leike, Realtors who graduated from the real estate company’s continuing education program on marketing premier properties were:

Memphis residents Ceylon Blackwell, Susan Brubaker, Margaret Corder, Jeanene Lawhead, Judy Piovorcy and Jimmie Tapley;

Germantown residents Steve Brown , Carol Iverson, Tom Iverson, Dick Leike, Louise Jordan, Betty Joyner, Judy Mclellan, Linda Norton, Carole Pleasants, Jackie Ruleman, Elsie Ward, Ray Wilder and Amanda Wright;

Collierville residents Ronnie Lee, Joyce McKenzie, Kay Paul and Polly Shipley;

Cordova residents Rita Cox and Chet Whitsitt;

Leigh Anne Boyd of Olive Branch, Miss.;

Southaven residents Kay Jefferies and Lisa Smith; and

Mary Ann Tapp of Somerville.

“We know from Multiple Listing Service records in the Memphis area that Crye-Leike handled three times more transactions than our nearest competitor in the $400,000 plus price range in calendar year 1999,” said Steve Brown, vice president and general manager of Crye-Leike Inc. in Memphis. “This in-house training program provides Crye-Leike’s sales associates with the skills needed to render greater and broader services to the public and to prospective clients in this high end market.”

Guest speakers included: custom builder Hank Akers; renowned architect Carson Looney and his associate Mark Jones of Looney, Ricks, Kiss; appraiser Robert Stephenson, MAI, of Stephenson and Associates; Lisa Reid, vice president of 1st Trust Mortgage; and Buddy Hill, general manager, and Lynn Alford, both of Crye-Leike Insurance.

Crye-Leike ( , the largest real estate firm in Tennessee and the Midsouth, has over 2,200 sales associates who operate in 45 branch offices, located in 19 counties and six regional areas, Arkansas, Chattanooga, Johnson City, Memphis, Mississippi and Nashville. Crye-Leike also has five franchise offices in New Albany, Oxford and Tupelo, Miss., Blytheville, Ark. and Monteagle, Tenn. As a privately held company with over 480 employees, it attained record sales of $3.3 billion corporatewide in 1999, the best year reported in company history. Nationally, Crye-Leike is ranked No. 10 among the nation’s top 500 residential real estate brokerage firms and No. 3 among the nation’s largest 161 privately owned independent real estate companies, as reported in May 2000 by REAL Trends Magazine.