Associates and Staff in Memphis Recognized for 20 Years of Service with Crye-Leike

Memphis, Tenn. – Crye-Leike, the largest real estate company in Tennessee and the Mid-South, recently recognized five sales associates and staff in the Greater Memphis area for their 20 years of service to the company. They are: Steve Brown, ABR, CRB, CRS; Charles Callis, CRS; Bob Johns and Bob Pruitt, all of Germantown, and Sara Flowers of Bartlett, all collectively representing 100 years of service to Crye-Leike.

Crye-Leike, Realtors? was established in 1976 in Memphis by co-owners Harold Crye and Dick Leike, becoming the largest firm in Memphis within three years. Today, Crye-Leike has grown into a network of over 52 branch offices, 2,100 sales associates and over 480 employees within 17 counties throughout a four-state Mid-South region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Georgia.



Steve Brown is vice president and general manager of residential real estate for Crye-Leike’s Memphis region, a promotion he received in 1998 after holding management positions as broker and manager of Crye-Leike’s Hickory Ridge and Quail Hollow branch offices. He holds the professional designations of accredited buyer representative (ABR), certified residential broker (CRB) and certified residential specialist (CRS). Brown began his real estate career in 1974 by selling real estate for builder and developer Martin & Herring, and then became an ERA franchise owner and operator, later selling the franchise, with 15 associates and $15 million in sales volume, to join Crye-Leike.

Charles Callis, CRS, vice president and broker of Crye-Leike, has been a commercial broker for the past 17 years, specializing in selling and listing church property, including churches, church sites and church schools and representing over 100 churches since 1982. He is registered with the state of Tennessee as “The Church Man.” Callis is a certified residential specialist (CRS), or a “church realty specialist” as he calls himself. Callis is a life member of Crye-Leike’s Multi-Million Dollar Club and the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ (MAAR) Multi-Million Dollar Club, both recognizing his outstanding sales performance. He was one of the first sales associates of Crye-Leike to garner its Circle of Excellence Award, presented to agents who reach the highest level of professional and personal achievement. He was named Agent of the Year of Crye-Leike’s Commercial Division in 1994 and most recently, was the recipient of Crye-Leike’s second highest commercial producer award for 2000.

Sara Flowers is an affiliate broker with Crye-Leike’s Bartlett branch office. She has attained all of Crye-Leike’s prestigious honors: a member of its Circle of Excellence and a life member of its Multi-Million Dollar Club. She also is a life member of the  MAAR’s Multi-Million Dollar Club. Flowers is an active member and one of the founding members of the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as a past director. She is also a member of the chamber’s Ambassadors Club where she was selected Ambassador of the Year. Within her community, she served as past president of the Raleigh-Bartlett Branch of Quota International, an international business women’s group whose mission is to help the hearing impaired. Flowers shared her impressions of Crye-Leike growing from a small company to 10th in the nation. “No matter how big Crye-Leike has grown, Harold Crye and Dick Leike still know me as an individual person and that’s something you don’t expect in a big company,” reflected Flowers.

Bob Johns is an affiliate broker with Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow branch office, specializing in residential sales as well as commercial and agricultural land sales. Before Crye-Leike, Johns served the Air Force for 20 years. He flew KC-135 tankers for the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and F-4 fighters for the Tactical Air Command (TAC) in Southeast Asia and was awarded three Air Medals and a Bronze Star. The last nine years of his service were in Air Force System Command. He started selling real estate for a small firm in Germantown for nine months before deciding to join Crye-Leike, Realtors. “And I have been with Crye-Leike since, and that was the smartest decision I ever made,” said Johns, “and Harold Crye and Dick Leike are excellent role models to go by.”

J. Robert “Bob” Pruitt, an affiliate broker with Crye-Leike’s Germantown – Poplar branch office, joined Crye-Leike after just one year with a small real estate company.  “My career became more meaningful and was elevated tremendously when I joined Crye-Leike, Realtors,” said Pruitt, a native of Greenville, Miss. He attained his life member status of Crye-Leike’s Multi-Million Dollar Club in 1992.

Prior to entering real estate, Pruitt served over 26 years with the United States Army after having answered the president’s call to arms of the National Guard Unit at the start of the Korean War conflict. He later went to serve in the Vietnam War. He retired as a colonel.

Crye-Leike (  is a full service real estate company, offering real estate and related services, including: relocation services; commercial business and investment real estate services; property leasing and management services; development and construction services; mortgage lending facilities; insurance services; title services; home improvement services; auction services; apartment locator services; franchise sales; premier properties services and builder resource services. As a privately held company, it attained sales of nearly $3 billion corporatewide in 2000, the second best year in the company’s 23-year history. Nationally, Crye-Leike is ranked No. 10 among the nation’s top 500 residential real estate brokerage firms, as reported in May 2000 by REAL Trends Magazine.