Brentwood, TN., – Harold Crye, chief executive officer and co-owner of Crye-Leike, Realtors, has been named chairman of the board of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World? (LeadingRE).  The organization is a global real estate network comprised of 700 of the best-known local and regional real estate firms in the U.S. and 37 countries producing over $400 billion in annual home sales.


Crye welcomes the opportunity to provide leadership as chairman.


“I believe strongly in the independent business model.  By their nature, real estate people are entrepreneurs,” said Crye. “Since real estate is a local business, independence allows us to deploy our resources in the local marketplace to benefit our clients and our associates.  LeadingRE complements that local strength with connections to the best professionals around the world, as well as a rich menu of benefits that include an industry-leading client referral network, tremendous marketing support, online resources, and an outstanding luxury marketing program, Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection?.”


Joining the LeadingRE board that Harold Crye now chairs is Mike Green from Harcourts International LTD in Australia and New Zealand, who also serves as chairman of the newly formed International Advisory Board.  Other LeadingRE board members include Vice Chairman William Watson, Jr., Watson Realty Corp.; Treasurer Robert Sibcy, Sibcy-Cline Realtors; Secretary Stephen Baird, Baird & Warner; Dan Elsea, Real Estate One, Inc.; Michael Patrick Lyon, Lyon Real Estate; Michael Robinson, Weichert Realtors; Brenda Shipplett, Long & Foster Real Estate; Arthur Sterbcow, Latter and Blum, Inc.; Allen Tate, Allen Tate Company; Ron Peltier, HomeServices of America; and former Chairmen Michael Saunders, Michael Saunders & Company.  Retiring from the board is Robert Ganly of Knight Frank Ganly Walters in Dublin, Ireland.


“We are so privileged to have the brightest minds in the business on our board, now led by Harold Crye, who is a visionary in his own right,” said Pam O’Connor, LeadingRE president and CEO.  “Harold has made amazing strides in his career and will bring his superb business sense and his passion for this organization to bear in assuring LeadingRE’s continued growth and prominence in the industry.”


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.


Leading Real Estate Companies of the World? ( is a global real estate network comprised of nearly 700 of the best-known local and regional real estate firms. With more than 5,000 offices and 145,000 sales associates in the United States and 35 countries abroad, LeadingRE affiliates sell over $400 billion in home sales representing more than 1.3 million transactions annually, outselling any national franchise and leading the nation in the sales of $1 million-plus homes. Seven of the United States’ top 10 real estate firms are LeadingRE affiliates.