Gulf Shores, AL: Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announces that a new franchise office, Crye*Leike Gulf Coast Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, has opened in Gulf Shores, AL, located at 229 East 20th Avenue, Suite 1. The office participates in all types of real estate transactions, but specializes in managing beach vacation rentals in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.

Crye*Leike Gulf Coast Real Estate & Vacation Rentals is owned by President David Stidham and will be managed by Vice President Mike Steward. Steward has been an active member in Gulf Shores' local real estate market since 2006, when he first bought a major property management company. Since then, Steward has launched a real estate sales and vacation rental company, partnered with a construction and remodeling business and took on the role of president for a large, independent real estate firm. All of these experiences have led Steward to where he is today with Crye-Leike.

"Over 10 years ago, I reached out to Crye-Leike to explore bringing the branch to my local market," said Steward. "It has been great to reconnect as we roll out a brand that so many of our guests and relocated new locals have learned to trust."

Steward is extremely involved with his local and state real estate associations and has received many awards from them over the years. He has also earned the Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) and Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designations from the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), and he is a registered Franchise Consultant and Business Broker. Steward is currently managing six licensed Realtors at the new office, but is seeking to grow to a capacity of over 20 Realtors.

"We are truly excited to grow our team by offering cutting edge tools to help our Realtors, buyers, and sellers meet their goals," said Steward. "Beyond the mechanics of running a real estate company, we are also thrilled to be part of the Crye-Leike culture and network. Our values seem to align well with their corporate leadership and direction."

President of Crye-Leike Franchises Keith Sullivan is also looking forward to working with Steward and is excited for the new opportunities that this franchise office will bring.

"We have really high hopes for this office," said Sullivan. "Mike has put together a great team, and I think this office is going to be an asset for the Gulf Shores community."

For more information in regards to joining the Crye*Leike team, or buying and selling in the Gulf Shores area, please contact the Crye*Leike Gulf Coast Real Estate & Vacation Rentals office at (251) 4005-2608 or visit the website at Vice President and Managing Broker Mike Steward may be reached at

ABOUT CRYE-LEIKE: Crye-Leike Real Estate Services (, a full service real estate company for over 40 years, is ranked as the third largest independently-owned real estate firm in the nation and the largest serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South. Crye-Leike has more than 3,200 sales associates, 800 employees and 139 company-owned and franchise offices spread across nine states. It generated $6.5 billion in sales volume and 30,550 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2018 its biggest year ever and is on track to achieve the companys goal of $6.8 billion in sales volume this year.