Crye-Leike Owners Honored for Community Service

Memphis, Tenn. – Co-founders of Crye-Leike, Realtors, Harold Crye and Dick Leike, will be honored at the Heart Gala of Crittenden County, Ark., a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, on Sat., November 20, 2004.

Crye and Leike have been named this year’s corporate honorees for their outstanding commitment to the betterment of the community, both corporately and individually.

The Heart Gala is an annual event in West Memphis, Ark. that raised over $47,000 last year for the American Heart Association and its continued fund-raising efforts toward research.  Every year, the gala board selects an individual and corporate honoree based on their involvement and impact on the surrounding community.

Crye-Leike, the nation’s 10th largest real estate company, has a branch office in West Memphis, Ark., located at 710 North Missouri Street.

Crye-Leike, Realtors’ distinction can be attributed to its West Memphis office’s consistent participation in such events as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo and Gumbo Feast events; the promotion of West Memphis through the Fourth of July Freedom Festival; and the Crittenden County Arts Council’s Carnival.  Crye-Leike is also active in both the West Memphis and Marion Chambers of Commerce, and several of its agents are graduates of Leadership West Memphis.

Crye-Leike, Realtors supports its local area United Way by holding its annual workplace campaign and sponsors the local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Youth Villages, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wings Cancer Research Center and Special Olympics also have benefited from Crye-Leike, Realtor’s commitment to community service and fund-raising efforts.

Harold E. Crye is chief executive officer and co-owner of Crye-Leike. Within his community, Crye serves as a member of the board of directors of Boy Scouts of America of Middle Tennessee and served as past president of the Chickasaw Council Boy Scouts of America where he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth.

Crye also was charter president for both the Germantown Jaycees and the Germantown Exchange Club and past president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors where he was awarded Realtor of the Year.

“The American Heart Association is very near and dear to my heart,” said Crye, “because my father, mother and brother have all been victims of heart disease.”

Dick Leike is co-owner and president of Crye-Leike. He has served as past president of the Germantown Kiwanis Club, Germantown Arts Association, the Germantown Charity Horse Show, and the Memphis Area Association of Realtors where he also was awarded Realtor-Associate of the Year. He was a member of the Regional Advisory Council of Housing Development (HUD), on the board of directors of Senior Services and the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the advisory board of Germantown Methodist Hospital. He served as 2003 corporate chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Leike credits his honor to his employees.  “Good corporate citizenship and community service are important values at Crye-Leike,” said Leike.  “Every year, we devote financial resources and many personal hours, both at the company level and as individuals, to help with community projects. The generous contributions of many of our sales associates and employees in community service sets them apart from those in other companies.”

The public is invited to attend the 2004 Heart Gala, to be held on Nov. 20.  Tickets are $50 and are available at Crye-Leike’s West Memphis branch office, located at 710 North Missouri Street, 870-735-8000.  Dinner and live entertainment are included in ticket price.  All proceeds from ticket sales and the auction go directly toward the American Heart Association.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 27 years, has 10 branch offices and two franchise offices in its Arkansas Region, with a sales force of over 200 sales associates in the counties of Craighead, Crittenden, Faulkner, Garland, Independence, Mississippi, Pulaski and Saline counties. Crye-Leike has other regional hub offices in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn. Crye-Leike of Arkansas, Inc. is ranked No. 4 statewide among Arkansas’ top real estate firms, as ranked by Arkansas Business in 2003.