Crye-Leike Columbia: Serving Community, Selling Real Estate

With the company trophy for community service proudly displayed in the lobby of their newly expanded facilities, Crye-Leike Columbia associates are setting the pace for their colleagues system-wide while establishing new real estate records for Southern Middle Tennessee.

Since the Memphis-based company opened its doors in Columbia seven years age, its team of sales personnel and support staff have delivered on what company founder and Chief Executive Officer Harold Crye promised in his opening day remarks, “Crye-Leike intends to offer the best in real estate services and be a good corporate citizen.”

The Community Service Trophy recognized Crye-Leike Columbia’s active involvement in the community and for distinguishing itself in public service activities. The associates took a leadership role in organizing, supporting and participating in various events and programs within the community.

This is the first time the Crye-Leike Community Service Award was presented. Crye said he recognized that his sales associates and branch offices are just as active in their community by promoting goodwill and doing good deeds as they are in selling real estate; which prompted him to establish this new company award to annually pay tribute to the Crye-Leike branch office that best exemplifies the essence of community service.

The Columbia office could well be in the running for the 2003 award with several worthwhile projects already to their credit. The group recently completed its annual “Backpacks for Youth Villages” contributing a truck-load of backpacks and school supplies for the youngsters in the Youth Villages program. Another fun endeavor was their Mule on the Move for King’s Daughters’. Crye-Leike agents purchased one of the mules for the Mule Day fundraiser, then donated it back for the Sunset Symphony Auction, which was conducted by Crye-Leike’s auction team, then won the bid to repurchase their mule which was decked out in Crye-Leike colors.

Crye-Leike associates joined with The Dailey Herald in sponsoring the hometown newspapers for the local National Guard Unit troops called to active duty. The group also provides flags for various events and has distributed the flag book, published at Crye-Leike’s expense for the Middle Tennessee Council of boy scouts.

Crye-Leike’s office administrator Sherry Murphy is working with Columbia State Community College officials to revise office administration curriculum by helping identify the duties entry-level office support personnel perform in the real estate industry.

In August Crye-Leike personnel participated in the “Baby Bottle” Celebration to raise funds for A Woman’s Place, and are strong supporters of Hope House and the United Way.

For the second year, Crye-Leike has played a major role in the Realtor Make a Difference Day, this year reflooring the kitchen, reworking basement steps and helping with landscaping for an elderly woman in Columbia and doing yard work for a Spring Hill resident.

Next week, Crye-Leike sales and support staff are moving out desks, moving in cots and inviting, their friends, family, vendors and clients to join them in giving blood for the Red Cross. Crye-Leike is sponsoring the Red Cross Blood Mobile visit as a memorial to fellow Realtor Gary Gifford who died last month after a brief illness. The blood mobile will be at the Crye-Leike offices as 1118 Nashville Highway between the hours of 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

Working with real estate clients the agents learn about things that need to be done and as individuals and as a group Crye-Leike personnel are willing to undertake many worthwhile community endeavors to benefit Columbia and much of Southern Middle Tennessee.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 26 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.

It has a network of more than 2,800 sales associates and 68 branch located in 36 countries throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida. Crye-Leike obtained sales of $3.17 billion and 22,198 closed transactions in corporate wide sales in 2002.