Athens, Tenn. (June 28, 2016) - Chris Holmes of Sweetwater, Tenn. was promoted to managing broker of Crye-Leike, REALTORS' Athens branch office, located at 580 S. Congress Parkway in Athens, Tenn.

He is responsible for managing and recruiting a sales force of Crye-Leike sales associates who list and sell residential and commercial real estate in Bradley, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties.

This Crye-Leike office generated $24.58 million in sales volume in 2015, representing 187 transaction sides. As far as a forecast for real estate sales in the area for this year, Holmes sees Denso manufacturing's expansion and addition of jobs contributing to the county's economic growth and development which is generating an uptick in real estate sales. "The unemployment rate for McMinn County is the lowest it has been in the past 10 years," said Holmes.

In addition to his new administrative role, Holmes will continue to list and sell real estate, specializing in single family homes, land and farms.

Holmes has attained several REALTOR designations to help his agents and clients, including: the seller representative specialist (SRS) designation, the premier credential in seller representation, as well as the e-pro designation which signifies knowledge in cutting-edge technologies and digital initiatives to be able to link up with today's savvy real estate consumer.

When Holmes first joined Crye-Leike in 2012, his sales performance earned him the honor of being named Rookie of the Year, even though he had four years of sales experience working with another local real estate firm. He credits his growing up around family who bought and sold real estate at auctions as how he became attracted to the industry.

His previous job experiences were both in management with Merck and Roche Carolina as a chemist and quality control laboratory supervisor and with Aeroflex USA as its process control supervisor and quality control manager. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"I feel privileged and honored to have the opportunity to be affiliated with the No. 1 real estate company in the Mid-South," said Holmes. "Having Crye-Leike's core values and mission statement that have always remained constant over these past 39 years brings a sense of unity to all agents, brokers and clients. I enjoy mentoring people to help them succeed and sharing my knowledge to help them further their careers in real estate."

Crye-Leike's Athens branch office is one of nine company-owned offices within its Southeast Region of Tennessee with offices located in Athens, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Fort Oglethorpe, Hixson, Ooltewah and Signal Mountain.

Crye-Leike (www.Crye-Leike.com), a full service real estate company for 39 years, is ranked the nation's sixth largest residential real estate brokerage firm and the largest serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Crye-Leike has a network of over 3,000 sales associates in 84 company-owned offices and 29 franchise offices located throughout a nine-state region.

To learn more about a sales career in real estate with Crye-Leike, visit www.crye-leike.com/careers/, or contact Managing Broker Chris Holmes at (423) 746-0227, or chris.holmes@crye-leike.com.