Crye-Leike’s Ron Littlefield Elected Mayor of Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. – One of Crye-Leike, Realtors’ own, Ron Littlefield of Brainerd, was recently elected mayor of Chattanooga, garnering 54.11 percent of the vote in a race that was expected to be neck and neck with Ann Coulter, who received 45.76 percent of the vote.
Littlefield’s broad experience in Chattanooga city planning and economic development, his longtime City Council and City Commission memberships, and his involvement in regional, state and national governmental programs were qualifications that brought him to victory, say campaign organizers.
Littlefield has been a sales associate of Crye-Leike, Realtors and affiliated with its Commercial Division since 2001. Crye-Leike Realtors is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.
With four years of commercial real estate under his belt, it’s a career Littlefield will have to put on hold but will aid him in his new role as mayor.
“He’s devoted his life to Chattanooga government,” says Jim O’Dell, managing broker of Crye-Leike’s Downtown branch office. “He has a wonderful grasp of where the city is and where it needs to go.”
O’Dell sees Littlefield using his commercial real estate experience to help bring industry and more jobs to the Greater Chattanooga area, which Littlefield has said is his greatest concern.
“It takes a commercial Realtor’s knowledge and contacts to get a building’s potential across to these companies,” says O’Dell.
Since 1969, Littlefield has been involved in Chattanooga city planning, including economic growth planning and citizens participation groups. He began working with the Volunteer Army Ammunition Plant in 1971 to manage environmental issues there. Over 30 years of shaping that area have won it the label “Mega Site,” a mark that will attract big business to Chattanooga.
“Chattanooga has quite a few other industrial buildings that are the perfect draw for manufacturing companies to establish themselves in the city,” says O’Dell. “With Littlefield and commercial Realtors involved, Chattanooga will see unprecedented growth.”
Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 28 years, has 10 branch offices and nine franchise offices in its Greater Chattanooga Region. Over 400 Crye-Leike sales associates market residential and commercial real estate in 14 counties throughout East Tennessee in Bledsoe, Bradley, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier and Washington counties, including Catoosa and Whitefield counties in North Georgia. Crye-Leike of Chattanooga sold 4,000 units in 2004 with a sales volume of $573.6 million, up 16 percent from a year prior.