FLOWOOD, MS., – Crye-Leike, REALTORS is proud to announce that Mississippi General Manager Lynette Magee-Praytor is among the inaugural class of graduates from the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) very first Leadership Academy.  She was the only Mississippi Realtor selected to participate in the nine-month inaugural class.  At the NAR’s Midyear Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 12 – 16, 2008, Magee-Praytor formally graduated from the program with her fellow REALTOR classmates.

“It is indeed an honor to have been selected by my colleagues at the NAR to join the inaugural class,” said Magee-Praytor.  “It was a privilege to work alongside the nation’s top leaders in our profession over a nine month period on a project that we presented to the NAR Executive Committee.”

The NAR created the Leadership Academy to identify, inspire and mentor emerging leaders for the organization through the development of the participant’s knowledge of the organization at the national level.

Magee-Praytor is the General Manager of Crye-Leike’s Mississippi operations, now headquartered in a new corporate sales center located at 2050 Treetops Blvd. North, Suite 100 in Flowood, Mississippi.  The center recently relocated from Pear Orchard Road in Ridgeland where the company established operations June 1, 2006.

Crye-Leike currently has 45 licensed real estate sales associates based in the Jackson Metro area and the new headquarters will have the ability to accommodate up to 50 full-time licensed Realtors. An official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Flowood Chamber of Commerce will be scheduled at a later date.  The Pear Orchard location continues to operate as a full service branch office.

Magee-Praytor and her sales team specialize in residential real estate sales with a focus on commercial, lots and land.  They assist both buyers and sellers in and around Hinds, Rankin and Madison counties.  Along with new real estate professionals, there will be additional staffing positions available.

Along with her responsibilities to her clients and sales team and staff, as the General Manager Magee-Praytor is actively involved in the Jackson Association of Realtors (JAR), Mississippi Association of Realtors (MAR), and NAR.  She is a former Chairman of, and has served as a member of, the Mississippi Real Estate Commission.  In late 2007 Magee-Praytor was installed as the President-Elect of the MAR.

Magee-Praytor has a keen interest in governmental affairs and in 2008 is serving as Chair of the MAR Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee.  In addition to her participation in NAR’s first Leadership Academy she serves as Chair of the NAR Risk Management and License Law Forum and as a member of the national organization’s Risk Management Committee.

Through MAR, Magee-Praytor has previously served as a MARPAC Trustee, Vice-Chair of MARPAC, and Vice-Chair of Standard Forms and Professional Standards.  She is a recipient of the MAR President Award in 2001, Mississippi Realtor of the Year 2002, Graduate Leadership MAR 1999, Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors (NWMAR) Mississippi Realtor of the Year, 50 Leading Business Woman in Mississippi in 2002 as well as Top 10 Business Women in Mississippi also in 2002.  In 2003 she was an Athena Award nominee.

Magee-Praytor lives in Brandon, Mississippi and supports communities throughout the region as a member of the Mississippi Economic Council and membership in Chambers of Commerce in Jackson, Ridgeland, Flowood, Madison and Rankin counties.

For all your real estate needs or personal referrals, please contact General Manager Lynette Magee-Praytor at the new Flowood Mississippi Crye-Leike, REALTORS Headquarters sales office by phone at 601-939-5160 or you can email her

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.