Memphis, Tenn. - Crye-Leike Commercial of Memphis, Tenn. announced its top six commercial brokers for 2000 with Bud Worsham ranked as its top producer, followed by Charles Callis, CRS, Garry Maness, Cherie Ganesh, CCIM, Mack Browder, CPA, and Tucker Beck, CCIM.

Crye-Leike Commercial, a division of Crye-Leike, is a full service commercial real estate company offering business and investment real estate services from its three regional commercial offices in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga. It has 27 commercial brokers and affiliate brokers in Memphis who completed over $73.5 million in property sales and lease volume in 2000. Combined, the three regional divisions completed over $87.2 million in property sales and lease volume in 2000. Its commercial brokers and affiliate brokers, which total 58 company wide, have an 18-year history of providing comprehensive real estate assistance, including commercial sales, leasing and buyer representative services.

Crye-Leike (www.crye-leike.com) is the largest real estate company in Tennessee and the Mid-South with a network of over 52 branch offices, 2,100 sales associates and over 480 employees. As a privately held company, it attained sales of nearly $3 billion corporatewide in 2000, the second best year in the company's 23-year history. Nationally, Crye-Leike is ranked No. 10 among the nation's top 500 residential real estate brokerage firms, as reported in May 2000 by REAL Trends Magazine.

ABOUT CRYE-LEIKE'S TOP COMMERCIAL BROKERS IN MEMPHIS

Bud Worsham of Fayette County was recognized as the company's top commercial producer in the Greater Memphis area for 2000 based on his year-end volume of transactions sold or leased, with a majority of those sales in selling income-producing properties to investors. He has been in commercial real estate for the past 16 years, specializing in tenant representation. Worsham is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and member of the Memphis Metro Chapter of the CCIM Institute. He is a graduate of Leadership Memphis, class of 1982 and served as a director of economic development for the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce from 1975 to 1984. Within Crye-Leike, Worsham has been a member of its Multi-Million Dollar Club for the past four years, which recognizes his outstanding sales performance.

Crye-Leike's second highest commercial producer award for 2000 went to vice president and broker Charles Callis, CRS, of Shelby County. Callis, a certified residential specialist, has been a commercial broker for the past 17 years, specializing in churches, church sites and church schools where he has represented over 100 churches since 1982. His most recent sales in 2000 included representing the buyers and sellers in both transactions for Raleigh Baptist Church, an 80,000 sq. ft. facility located at 3034 Austin Peay Highway in Bartlett on 5.50 acres, and purchased by Greater Imani Church and Christian Center. Raleigh Baptist Church relocated at the corner of Old Brownsville Road and Ellendale Road in Bartlett where Callis represented the church in its purchase of 20 acres to build their new church. Callis also sold the Moose Lodge, located at 4033 Raleigh Millington in Bartlett, which has 24 acres and approximately 20,000 sq. ft. It was purchased by Philippians Baptist Church to be used as a church and day care. He is a life member of Crye-Leike's Multi-Million Dollar Club and the Memphis Area Association of Realtors' Multi-Million Dollar Club, both recognizing his outstanding sales performance. He further was presented Crye-Leike's Circle of Excellence Award, one of the highest levels of professional and personal achievement that a sales associate of Crye-Leike can attain.

Garry Maness of Shelby County ranked third among Crye-Leike's top commercial producers for 2000. Maness has been in commercial real estate for the past 10 years, specializing in investment and healthcare properties. He is a candidate member of the CCIM Institute, pursuing the certified commercial investment member (CCIM) designation. Prior to entering commercial real estate, Maness was senior vice president of Le Bonheur Health Systems for 18 years, followed by president of Adagio Trading Company, LLC for two years before joining Crye-Leike.

Remaining Crye-Leike agents who were among Crye-Leike's top six commercial brokers included: Cherie Ganesh, CCIM; Mack Browder, CPA and Tucker Beck, CCIM.

Cherie Ganesh, CCIM of Shelby County has been in commercial real estate since 1992 and in real estate development since 1982, specializing in restaurants, retail, land and hotel/motel with an emphasis in site selection, buyer/tenant representation and sales. She holds a commercial broker's license in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas as well as holds the certified commercial investment member (CCIM) designation conferred by the CCIM Institute. Ganesh is vice president and president-elect of the Memphis Metro Chapter of the CCIM Institute where she is also involved at the national committee level. She is also an active member of the Commercial/Investment Committee of the Memphis Area Association Realtors.

Mack Browder, CPA, of Shelby County has been in commercial real estate for nine years. He specializes in selling operating businesses as well as shopping centers, office buildings, motels and industrial properties. Prior to joining Crye-Leike, Browder was in public accounting for 18 years. His professional affiliations include being a member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors, Tennessee Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.

Tucker Beck, CCIM of Shelby County has been in commercial real estate for the past seven years and holds the certified commercial investment member (CCIM) designation from the CCIM Institute. He specializes in office, retail, land and small industrial brokerage, plus downtown Memphis leasing and sales. Prior to entering the real estate industry, Beck was a Series 3 commodities broker, selling managed futures. He is a life member of Crye-Leike's Multi-Million Dollar Club and is currently the fourth year director of the Memphis Area Association of Realtor's Multi-Million Dollar Club, both of which recognize his outstanding sales performance. Professionally, he is a member of the Memphis Association of Realtors where he serves as vice chairman of its Realtor Political Action Committee and also holds memberships with the Tennessee Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.