Brentwood, Tenn. - Keith Crowe of Nashville has been named director of business brokerage for Crye-Leike Commercial, the eighth largest commercial real estate brokerage firm in Nashville, to oversee the company's newly established business brokerage division.

The division will offer a full range of business brokerage services, including consulting; investment and income property brokerage; merger & acquisition; sale & acquisition of operating businesses; site selection & acquisition; and, tenant representation.

Crowe says that his division will focus its efforts on the professional representation of sellers of closely held businesses and serve as a resource for buyers.

Crowe, an affiliate broker, comes to Crye-Leike from Sunbelt Business Brokers Network of Nashville as their senior broker. His years of experience in business brokerage have involved business deals with both small and large companies in Tennessee as well as buyers and sellers of all sizes. With firsthand experience in mortgage banking, management and marketing, his expertise includes preparing evaluations and assisting in securing financing for acquisitions.

His previous job experience includes real estate franchise sales for Century 21 and association management as executive director of the Nashville Area Home Builders Association.

There are many facets in the sale of a business, says Crowe. "And, that's when a business owner should consider commissioning a business broker to handle the transaction."

"A business broker can help to evaluate the options which may include the sale of a portion or all of the business. Valuation studies would be conducted to maximize the sale price. Assistance would be provided in selecting other members of the sales team like attorneys and certified public accountants who would help with disclosures for warranty purposes. And, finally, the business broker would structure the sale to attract the highest and best buyer for the business as well as handle the negotiations and closing."

Crye-Leike Commercial (http://www.crye-leike.com/commercial/) is a full service commercial real estate company and division of Crye-Leike, Realtors, the nation's 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South.

Crye-Leike Commercial was ranked the eighth largest Nashville-area commercial real estate brokerage firm by the Nashville Business Journal, a ranking based on its 2002 sales volume of $16.1 million.

Crye-Leike Commercial offers business and investment real estate services from its four regional commercial offices in Memphis, Nashville, Murfreesboro and Chattanooga. The commercial brokers of Crye-Leike Commercial have a 20-plus year history of providing comprehensive brokerage, leasing, site selection and investment real estate services to their clients.

Crye-Leike Commercial is located at 1187 Old Hickory Blvd. in Brentwood, Tenn. For real estate information on commercial and residential property listings available for sale or lease nationwide by city or county, visit Crye-Leike's Web site at www.crye-leike.com, or call 615/309-7100.