Nashville, Tenn. - Paul Jones of Crye-Leike Commercial in Nashville was recently recognized as the company's top commercial producer in the Greater Nashville area for 2000 based on his year-end volume of transactions sold or leased. Crye-Leike Commercial also presented the second highest commercial producer award for 2000 to Pat Waggoner, followed by Brenda Bittles who placed third. Jones' sales achievements brought him further recognition from the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors where he was recently presented a Gold Commercial Award of Excellence for his qualifying production, one of only 33 agents recognized.

Paul Jones of Nashville has been with Crye-Leike Commercial for seven years as a broker and specializes in commercial sales and leasing. Prior to entering the real estate industry, he was an owner and operator of Jones Oil Properties, Inc. in Oklahoma City, Okla. for 14 years where he specialized in securing investors for oil, gas and mineral drilling operations and negotiating leasing contracts. Within his community, Jones serves as chairman of the Allocations Committee for the board of trustees of Nashville Tech and president of the Alumni Association for the University of Oklahoma, Nashville Chapter.

Pat Waggoner of Nashville focuses on commercial real estate sales and brings to Crye-Leike over 26 years of experience in financial management. He was chief financial officer and treasurer of Folk-Jordan, Better Homes & Gardens before joining Crye-Leike Commercial in June 1999 when Crye-Leike acquired Folk-Jordan. Prior to that, he was manager of financial operations for 22 years with Genesco, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that was a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of footwear.

Brenda Bittles of Nashville has been a commercial broker for the past 14 years, specializing in office, industrial and land sales and leasing. She is a member of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Certified Commercial Investment Managers (CCIM). Politically active within her community, Bittles served for the past four years as president of First Tuesday Club, a Republican business club in downtown Nashville. She was selected Statesman of the Year in 1999 by the Tennessee Republican Party, was a Tennessee delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2000 and was elected as one of two delegates from Tennessee to serve on the Republican National Convention's Credentials Committee. She also served as event chairman for the Leukemia Society of America's Man & Woman of the Year Award in 2000.

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. 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.