Crye*Leike Executive Realty Adds Auction Division

Bowling Green, Ky.- Crye*Leike Executive Realty, an independently-owned and operated franchise of Tennessee-based Crye-Leike Realtors, has established an auction company, Crye*Leike Executive Auctions, that specializes in comprehensive auction services and serves south central Kentucky and northern Tennessee.

The auction company was founded as an alliance between two established auction companies in the area merging their operations with Crye*Leike Executive Realty. Chuck Layne of Layne Real Estate Auctioneers, Inc., Ron Kirby Jr. of Kirby Auto Auctions and Kirby Auto Auctions bring to Crye*Leike over 62 years of combined auction experience.

“The coming together of these three companies will better serve the auction needs in this area,” said Kirk Tinsley, owner and principal broker of    Crye*Leike Executive Realty. “Chuck and Ron have been competitors for many years. With this new alliance, Crye*Leike will now have an auction company that will move to the forefront of the auction industry in this area.”

Crye*Leike Executive Auctions sells all types of real estate, including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural in Kentucky and Tennessee, with the potential to sell in many other states upon request, said Layne. “Our goal is the goal of our clients: to attain the most market value for their real estate.”

Utilizing auctions is a viable alternative to the traditional selling of real estate and offers advantages to both the seller and buyer, said Kirby. “For the seller, auctions offer a way to liquidate property fast, it generates a competition among buyers to maximize offers and accelerates the closing of real estate as well as offers the seller the advantage of knowing exactly when the property will sell. For buyers, they can set their own purchase price, can purchase the property at a fair market value and auctions eliminates potential long negotiations.”

Chuck Layne comes to Crye*Leike with over 32 years of auction experience. He was president and chief executive officer of Layne Real Estate Auctioneers, Inc. a 32-year-old firm with offices in Franklin, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. that conducted auctions in 15 states, with many in excess of $1 million, and averaging  200 auctions annually.

Layne is a certified Auctioneers Institute graduate from Indiana University, an accredited auctioneer of real estate and a graduate of the Realtors Institute that signifies specialization in residential brokerage. He is a former president of the Kentucky Auctioneers Association and a member of the Speakers’ Bureau for the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Association of Realtors.

Within his community, Layne helped establish an area Habitat for Humanity and is a board member for CHC free clinic, the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and the Rotary Club. His work within the community has led to numerous awards of recognition, including being named Realtor of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Realtors and the Chamber of Commerce’s Businessman of the Year.

Ron Kirby Jr. comes to Crye*Leike Executive Auctions, Inc. with over 30 years of experience in the auction industry. He is the co-owner of Kirby Auto Auction, the region’s only auction dealer that is open to the public. Kirby Jr. has been a contract auctioneer for many national and international auction companies. He is involved in many charitable auction causes, including events to raise monies for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

Kirby Jr. is a certified auctioneer, an accredited auctioneer of real estate as well as a licensed auctioneer in Kentucky as well as in 11 other states, namely Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. He is a member of the National and Kentucky Auctioneers Associations.

For more information on Crye*Leike Executive Auctions, or to schedule a confidential interview to discuss your real estate needs, call 270/781-3377.

Crye*Leike Executive Realty in Bowling Green is one of 25 franchises in the Crye-Leike franchise network, and one of 21 branch and franchise offices within Crye-Leike’s Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky regions.

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 28 years, has a network of over 2,800 sales associates and 87 branch and franchise offices located in 45 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.