MEMPHIS, TN., – Crye-Leike, Realtors congratulates Managing Brokers William Mitchell, recipient of the “Outstanding Leadership Award” and John Linthicum, named “2007 Realtor of the Year” by the Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR).  The Crye-Leike Brokers were recognized recently at the 2008 MAAR Inaugural Gala held earlier this month.

John Linthicum, CRB is the Managing Broker of the Crye-Leike Bartlett Branch Office.  He is a Full Time Realtor with more than 28 years of experience.  He is a builder representative and a Board Member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR) and a past recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award.  Linthicum is a Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) and a specialist in new and resale residential real estate in Memphis and surrounding suburbs.

“2007 Realtor of the Year is a tremendous honor for me to receive from my peers,” said Linthicum.  “MAAR is a great organization and I value my friendships there and I have always gotten more from my involvement with MAAR than they have every gotten from me.”

William Mitchell, CRS, GRI is the Managing Broker of the Crye-Leike Hickory Ridge Branch Office.  He is a Past President of MARR 2006 and past recipient of the MAAR Presidential Award.  Mitchell is currently serving as West Tennessee Division 1 Vice President of the Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR).  He currently serves on the newly formed REALTOR Advisory Board of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, is a member of the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board, a member of the Lambda Alpha International Real Estate Fraternity and a board member with Habitat for Humanity.  Mitchell is a Certified Real Estate specialist (CRS), a Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) and a BBA graduate in Real Estate from the University of Memphis.

“The real estate industry has become a major factor in our nation’s economy and as transactions become more complex, the REALTORS organization and its value added are very apparent,” said Mitchell.  “I have had the privilege of standing on the shoulders of giants during my 30 year experience and what a sense of gratitude I feel when I’m recognized by the organization and the people that I work with so closely? I am honored.”

Other past recipients of the MAAR Outstanding Leadership Award from Cry-Leike, Realtors include company co-founder and President Dick Leike and Sue Stinson-Turner, Managing Broker of the company’s new Germanton Forest Hill Irene Branch Office.

In order to receive these honors from MAAR, each real estate professional must meet stringent requirements including: membership in MAAR, being a full-time Realtor and service to the community and real estate profession.

Both Mitchell and Linthicum are Life Members of the Crye-Leike, Multi Million Dollar Club, company Vice Presidents and past recipients of Crye-Leike’s highest honor, the Diamond Circle of Excellence.  In addition to their accomplishments and community involvement, Mitchell and Linthicum remain very active members of MAAR, TAR and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

For your real estate needs or personal referrals, please contact William Mitchell at 901-794-9925 or email Mitchell at  John Linthicum can be reached by phone at 901-372-3690 or by email at

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 more than 4,100 sales associates and 132 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.

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 2007, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.7 billion with 32,500 closed transaction sides.