Joyce Friedman Presented Crye-Leike Employee Good Neighbor Award
Nashville, Tenn. – Crye-Leike, Realtors has named Joyce Friedman as its first recipient of the company’s Martin S. Cummings Memorial Good Neighbor Award, an award established to recognize a Crye-Leike employee’s commitment to community service.
Friedman is public relations director for Crye-Leike, Realtors, a position she has held for the past five years. She manages the internal and external communications, media relations and community relations for the nation’s 10th largest real estate company, with 89 corporate and franchise offices in six states.
The award was presented to Friedman by Chief Executive Officer Harold Crye and President Dick Leike at Crye-Leike’s annual employee luncheon. Friedman, a resident of Franklin, Williamson County, was recognized for the exceptional contributions she has made to her community through volunteer work.
She spearheaded a community grassroots effort in 2004 that secured $600,000 in un-appropriated funds from the Williamson County Commission to purchase a 104 ft. aerial ladder fire truck for an ill-equipped local volunteer fire station. The effort rallied the support of 12 neighborhood associations and provided additional fire safety to over 25,000 residents in Williamson County.
Over the past nine years, Friedman has been an active volunteer and fundraiser for United Way, including serving a four-year term as a member of its board of directors in Williamson County. She has served for the past five years as Crye-Leike’s corporate campaign coordinator for the company’s annual United Way Giving Campaign that covers 65 corporate offices in 23 counties in four states. She has grown Crye-Leike’s annual giving program 10-fold, raising over $395,000 during that time period.
She served as publicity co-chairman for the first Temple Arts Festival, a two-day art exhibition and sale held in Belle Meade in April 2005. The festival involved over 50 professional artists’ work from 13 states to the Nashville area, offering the community a unique opportunity to see and buy art not otherwise available locally. This was the first fund-raiser for The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Shalom, attracting a crowd of over 1,000 and exceeding expectations in dollars raised, with credit going to Friedman’s publicity efforts. Friedman developed a Web site for the festival and secured numerous publicity opportunities on television as well as in local newspapers on a shoestring budget. Committed to making this an annual event, she plans to serve, one again, as publicity co-chairman for the next Temple Arts Festival, slated for April 1- 2, 2006.
While working and raising her two children, Friedman still finds time to organize annual blood drives for the American Red Cross and food drives for Second Harvest Food Bank.
The award was named after the late Martin Cummings, principal auctioneer and managing broker of Crye-Leike in Mt. Juliet, who raised over $1 million during his 28-year-auction career for as many as 100 charities in Middle Tennessee. He passed away in January 2002.
“Martin Cummings was the epitome of a good neighbor whose memory Crye-Leike wishes to carry on by establishing its Martin Cummings Memorial Good Neighbor Award,” said Harold E. Crye, chief executive officer. “Joyce Friedman exemplifies those community service qualities that Martin set as an example for us all to follow.”
Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 28 years, is the largest real estate company serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. It has a network of over 2,900 sales associates and 89 branch and franchise offices located in 46 counties throughout a six-state southern region in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida.