CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announces its 2021 Top Producing award recipients for the Chattanooga and North Georgia regions. To be named a Top Producing Agent or Team in one of Crye-Leike's eight-state regions, individual(s) must have earned the highest sales volume, or had the highest number of real estate transactions, for that year.

Crye-Leike experienced its best year in company history, with a record sales volume of $8.9 billion and 32,499 customers served, in part due to the hard work and dedication from its top producing agents.

"Our agent's training and professionalism make all the difference to our clients and continue to push us forward," said Crye-Leike Owner and Chief Executive Officer Harold Crye. "I want to offer a big thank you to our incredibly creative agents who continued to make sales during low inventory and these competitive times."

Congratulations to the following Crye-Leike associates:

Mac Hibbett - Top Producing Agent

Real Estate Broker Mac Hibbett has been affiliated with Crye-Leike's Downtown Chattanooga branch office for 12 years. His outstanding sales volume in 2021 earned him the region's Top Producing Agent award for the third time in his career. Along with being a rock star agent at Crye-Leike, Hibbett was recognized by his community in 2019 and 2020 as the Best of the Best for Commercial Realtors in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Jannis Sams Team - Top Producing Team

Jannis Sams has been a Realtor for over 26 years, working alongside her husband, Tim Sams, who joined her eight years ago. Together, they have organized a team of talented agents and support staff to serve the real estate needs of the families in this area. The team specializes in residential, relocation, move-up buyers, first-time homebuyers, farms and new construction real estate services throughout Cleveland and Chattanooga, TN.

In 2021, The Jannis Sams Team served their real estate community so well, they achieved the status as the region's Top Producing Team - a recognition they have earned many times since the team was formed. Mrs. Sams credits her team's success to their ability of maintaining a clear line of communication with clients, staying true to their needs and remaining relevant as the real estate world evolves.

Chris Payne - Rookie of the Year

Realtor Chris Payne joined Crye-Leike's Fort Oglethorpe, GA branch office over a year ago. When looking at companies to join to start his real estate career, there was no question about joining Crye-Leike's welcoming and goal-driven team.

Since receiving his license, each situation Payne has encountered has been unique, challenging and rewarding. He has assisted first-time homebuyers, families who have made their first big move, clients looking to find property for their new businesses and more. Payne's dedication to his clients and community has earned him Crye-Leike's Rookie of the Year award for his region, and he was recognized within the Top Five agents in the Fort Oglethorpe office. He looks forward to another prosperous year and more opportunities to help other achieve their real estate goals.

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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, over 800 employees and 140+ company-owned and franchise offices throughout an eight-state footprint. It generated $8.9 billion in sales and had 32,499 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2021, making it the company's most successful year to date.