Crye-Leike Signal Mountain agents Cheryl Sims, Patti Cole, Dot Heggie, Eleanor Dobson, Liz Wilkerson and Jean Smith celebrate victory at the Bachman Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser November 8, 2008

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN.- Crye-Leike, REALTORS is pleased to recognize its award winning chili cooks on Signal Mountain.  The agents were recently honored with the People’s Choice Award at the Bachman Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser.  The event was held Saturday November 8, 2008.


The People’s Choice Award was based on votes by the public and carried with it a $100 cash prize.  Judges also awarded 1st & 2nd place honors to the top two traditional and non-traditional chilis.


“We are so thrilled with the People’s Choice Award,” said Dot Heggie, Managing Broker of Crye-Leike Signal Mountain.  “It’s great to win, but more importantly, we’re so grateful for the support of this community and the opportunity to give back.”


In the weeks leading up to the Bachman Cook-Off, Crye-Leike Signal Mountain held its own Chili Cook Off and it was the winning recipe at that office competition that was cooked-up in mass quantities at the community event.


“We had a group of outside judges taste and evaluate the chili prepared by our agents,” said Dot.  “Realtor Patti Cole had the winning chili, and so she and several of the agents made gallons of her recipe for the Bachman Center Cook-Off.”


Crye-Leike stepped-up to participate as did many individuals, businesses and community groups for the first Bachman Chili Cook-Off.  Organizers’ goal was to  raise enough money for the restoration of the windows of the historic Bachman School building, installed in the 1930s.  With enough money raised, organizers can also receive matching funds from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.  The building is now being used as the Bachman Community Center.


“It was so much fun and so gratifying to get involved in a first-ever event for the community,” said Jean Smith, who coordinated Crye-Leike participation in the Bachman Cook-Off.  “We hope this becomes an annual event so we can continue the needed renovations to the Bachman Community Center and perhaps have the winning chili again too.”


2008 has been a year of celebrations for Crye-Leike Signal Mountain.  In September the agents and staff held a ribbon cutting to mark the 10th Anniversary of their recently expanded sales office located at 1210 Taft Highway in the Signal Mountain Plaza.  The company renovated an additional 1,800 sq ft of adjoining space in the retail center allowing for the build-out of a large conference room, a client consultation room, computer lab and additional private agent offices.


“The expansion and refurbishment of our office demonstrates the optimism of Crye-Leike,” said Dot.  “The future of real estate here looks very bright and we’ll continue to provide superior service to present and future clients.”


For all your real estate needs and personal referrals or if you’re considering a career in real estate please contact the Signal Mountain Sales Team at 423-886-2880 and you can visit them on the web at to search properties and find an agent.


Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in Memphis in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of over 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.