ALPHARETTA, GA.- Crye-Leike, Realtors Commercial Division in Georgia held a “Commercial Forum” on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at The Marriott Hotel on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta.  This forum is the first of many planned for the division, which launched services statewide in October 2007.


“I see a Commercial Forum as a great tool to learn and exchange ideas and property information among commercial agents, developers, builders and investors,” said Adel Elmankabady, Managing Broker of Crye-Leike, Commercial in Georgia. “Based on the turn-out and response to our first event, I foresee even more interest at our next event in January 2008.”


Managing Broker Adel Elmankabady served as the moderator of the forum, which attracted more than 60 real estate professionals.


Crye-Leike, Commercial and O’Kelley & Sorohan Attorneys at Law, LLC sponsored this first of its kind forum.  Joe O’Kelly and Deidra Sorohan had the opportunity to discuss its full menu of Real Estate services.  Strategic Exchange Advisors, a firm that specializes in 1031 exchanges, was also a sponsor.  Ricky Novak, the in-house attorney, discussed Real Estate investing and 1031 exchanges.


National real estate consulting and acquisitions expert John Borzellino was the main guest speaker at the forum.


“For about 45 minutes Borzellino offered attendees his take on the market and outlook for 2008,” said Elmankabady.  “It’s our goal to incorporate a guest speaker into each forum we hold, to engage, educate and excite those real estate professionals who desire to remain on the cutting edge of our industry.”


Following Borzellino’s presentation, those attending were able to share information on his or her current listings or client needs.


The next Forum, with a focus on Atlanta’s Commercial Real Estate Marketplace will be held in January 2008.  An announcement on the exact date, time, place and guest speaker is to be determined.


Real estate services firm interested in sponsoring and/or attending an upcoming forum should contact Adel Elmankabady at 678-640-9810 or email


Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, Realtors in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of over 4,000 sales associates and 130 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the seven-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Mississippi.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2006, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $6.1 billion with 35,498 closed transaction sides.



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