Crye-Leike Franchsises Honors Destin Branch As Top Sales Volume Leader

BRENTWOOD, TENN. – Crye*Leike Coastal Realty, located in Destin, Florida, received the Superstar Award as the 2005 sales volume leader among franchises.  Established in 2002 with just three agents, today they have grown to fifty agents specializing in pre-construction sales, commercial sales and luxury condos and homes, who collectively produced more than $145,800,000 in real estate transactions.


Co-owners John Paulsen and Wanda Duke are Memphis natives who vacationed with their families on the Emerald Gulf Coast for years before entertaining the idea of starting a business together.  “Crye-Leike’s reputation for quality of service and commitment to service was the foundation for our decision to enter into this franchise opportunity,” stated Duke.


Paulsen is a member of the Crye-Leike Multi Million Dollar Club and is associated with the Better Business Bureau, Walton and Destin Chambers of Commerce and  Also a member of Crye-Leike’s Multi Million Dollar Club, Duke has earned the professional ABR designation and is a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors in addition to the Better Business Bureau, and the Walton and Destin Chambers of Commerce.


In 2005, the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors ranked Paulsen #28 out of 3,518 realtor members for volume of closed transactions.  The organization also positioned Crye*Leike Coastal Realty of Destin, Florida #15 out of 490 real estate companies for volume of closed transactions.


In 2003, Crye*Leike Coastal Reality established a successful Vacation Rental Department that today has grown to over 85 vacation homes and condos available on the beautiful Emerald Coast. Crye*Leike Coastal Reality hosts two exceptional websites at and


Crye-Leike began franchising operations in 1999 as Crye*Leike Franchises Inc., a real estate franchisor subsidiary of Crye-Leike, Realtors.  Crye*Leike Franchises is currently comprised of 29 independently owned and operated franchise brokers who are located in territories throughout the south.  Crye*Leike Franchises, Inc. is led by President of National Franchise Sales and Development, Kevin Joiner.


Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 29 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest in the Mid-South.  It has a network of over 3,000 sales associates and 95 corporate and franchise offices located in 53 counties throughout a seven-state southern region in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi.  In 2005, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.6 billion with 34,039 closed transaction sides.


For more information on Crye*Leike Franchises, Inc., contact Kevin Joiner at (615) 221-0449.  Homebuyers and sellers, and interested agents, should contact Crye*Leike Coastal Realty at (850) 654-7700.