MEMPHIS, TN., - There's a saying that leaders aren't born - they're made. That being the case? Crye-Leike, REALTORS Broker Mary W. Sharp believes she has experienced a ?self-made' journey in discovering the leader within, as she has become a recent graduate of the Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors (NWMAR) Leadership Class of 2009.


"This experience has made me more aware of a ?wide range' of leadership components within me and helped me in recognizing my strengths as well as my weaknesses," said Sharp. "I feel the training has equipped me with the necessary expertise to be a more effective leader and participate in more leadership roles."


Helping Mary W. Sharp land a spot in the Class of 2009 was her Managing Broker, Realtor Sue Stinson Turner from Crye-Leike's Forest Hill Irene Germantown branch office. Sharp says she's very grateful for the support and encouragement.


Sharp believes the year-long leadership program experience has given her renewed self confidence. She says she's better at handling most situations - good or bad - in all aspects of her life? from her volunteer work, professional real estate sales transactions, business matters and personal endeavors.


"It has instilled me with the importance of self discipline and vision," said Sharp. "As a Realtor my leadership skills are with me at all times? from my work with colleagues through our sales transactions and professional association work together to my dealings with my buyers and sellers. I'm equipped now to be a better listener and coach and with some ?new found' skills to bring everyone together toward a mutual and ethical goal."


For more than 25 years Sharp has been assisting buyers and sellers in real estate transactions. And today - with more than a quarter of a decade dedicated to her life's work, she says this most recent leadership training experience has in many ways left her feeling renewed like never before - and with a refreshed level of excitement in her personal life as well as her life's work.


"This will help me going forward to be a more effective communicator, friend and colleague with everyone I encounter - no matter the situation or the stress involved," said Sharp. "What I have learned through the NWMAR leadership training is proof to myself and everyone that we all need to be open to new opportunities to sharpen our skills to better serve our dearest friends, colleagues and communities."


More About Crye-Leike Broker Mary W. Sharp

Crye-leike Broker Mary W. Sharp is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee and Mississippi assisting buyers and sellers primarily in and around Shelby, Fayette and North Desoto counties. She specializes in all types of residential and land sales with a focus on first time homebuyers, mover uppers, relocation, investment properties and new construction.


Sharp is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified Real Estate Broker (CRB), Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and certified through the Welcome Home Memphis Affordable Housing program (WHM) and as a Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR).


Sharp is a member of the Mississippi Association of Realtors (MAR), Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors (NWMAR) and Memphis Area Association of Realtors (MAAR). With MAAR she serves as the Chairperson of the Fair/Affordable Housing Committee and is a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. She was also the recipient of MAAR'S President's Award for the years 1996, 2003, and 2004.


Sharp is a member of the Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR) and a Graduate of its 2003 Leadership Class. Also at TAR she serves as a Trustee on the Tennessee Real Estate Education Foundation (TREEF) since 2008. Sharp is also a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).


Prior to her career in real estate sales, Sharp was employed by the Federal Government in a variety of capacities from 1966 until 1973 when she joined the ranks of the United State Postal Service (USPS). She served with the USPS until 1992 when she opted to take an early retirement. Since 2004 Sharp has served on the Center City Commission/Downtown Parking Authority and the Memphis Land Use Control Board since 2008. She was appointed in 2009 to a board appointment with United Housing.


Sharp first joined Crye-Leike in 1986. After a brief break with the company in 2001 - she returned again in 2006 and is based out of the company's Germantown branch office located at 3030 Forest Hill Irene.


For all your real estate needs and personal referrals you can contact Crye-Leike Broker Mary W. Sharp directly by phone at 901-830-7572, email: and you can find her on the web at:


About Crye-Leike, REALTORS

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold.