Brentwood, TN – Crye-Leike, REALTORS is pleased to announce that CEO and Cofounder Harold Crye is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.  Crye is among a group of exceptional entrepreneurs selected by an independent judging panel made up of regional business, academic and community leaders.


“This is a tremendous honor for me professionally and very humbling considering the other highly respected nominees,” said Crye.  “I’m looking forward to joining these esteemed colleagues in celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.”


Crye plans to attend the Finalists Reception on Wednesday, May 22 in Atlanta to meet the judges.  The winners will be revealed at a gala event on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead.


Regional award winners will be eligible for consideration in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 national program.  Winners in numerous national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2008.  The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market leading companies.


“These finalists are the best of the best, embodying the unique spirit of entrepreneurism,” said Joseph A. King, Partner in Charge of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program for the region.  “They positively impact our region in a major way, through jobs, community growth and development and innovation.  Ernst & Young is proud to salute them.”


This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 22nd anniversary.   The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.  Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.


“We could not have made this company a success without the talented sales associates and a strong management team that’s trusted and always thinking forward,” said Crye.  “If it came down to working for money we would have quit a long time ago.  We work now because we enjoy what we’re doing and we see all this potential and just can’t get it fast enough.”


Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.


Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 130,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve potential.


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.