CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Crye-Leike, Realtors, the nation's fourth largest real estate company and the largest in the mid-south, is expanding throughout southeastern Tennessee.

From 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, June 28, the public is invited to join in as Crye-Leike celebrates the expansion of its Cleveland, Tenn. office located at 4627 N. Lee Hwy.

Managing the expanded Cleveland operation is broker Jo L. Organ, a 30-year real estate industry veteran who specializes in residential sales and residential land development marketing throughout Cleveland and Bradley Counties. Organ has been awarded the Cleveland Association of Realtors' Realtor of Year honor. She served as president of the organization in 2006 and has been a trainer for the River Counties Association of Realtors. She holds the Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI); Certified Residential Specialist (CRS); and Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designations. Organ and the entire Cleveland staff may be reached by telephone at (423) 473-9545.

Also on Thursday, June 28 Crye-Leike will celebrate the opening of its affiliated Realty Title office and the expansion of its sales office, both located at 580 S. Congress Pkwy. in Athens, Tenn. The public is invited to stop by from 4-6 p.m. to tour both Athens operations.

Overseeing the Athens sales office is vice president and managing broker Melonie Carideo. Carideo serves buyers and sellers throughout the Chattanooga and Athens areas. She holds the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designations and she specializes in relocation, first time homebuyers, and investment properties. She has earned Crye-Leike's most distinguished award, the Circle of Excellence, she is a lifetime member of their Multi-Million Dollar Producer Club, and she had earned multiple relocation awards including the Gold Award for Most Outgoing and Incoming Closed Referrals. She has also received the Realty Alliance National Sales Leader Award every year since 2000. Carideo and the Athens staff may be reached by telephone at (423) 746-0227.

Crye-Leike has also recently opened a new homes division at 8121 Ooltewah-Georgetown Rd, in Ooltewah, Tenn. under the guidance of managing broker Susan Fessler. Fessler, a new home specialist, also specializes in golf course communities, lakefront properties, second

homes, land development, mountain properties, relocation, and income-generating properties. She is licensed in Tenn. and Ga. and she holds the Broker; Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI); and the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designations. She is a Multi-Million Dollar Club member and is among the top 100 ?top producing' agents within the Chattanooga Association of Realtors. She serves on the Chattanooga Association of Realtors Leadership Council and is their public relations committee chairperson. Fessler and the new homes division sales associates may be reached at (423) 238-9090.

Crye-Leike's real estate owned (REO) division has moved to a larger space at 1510 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 400, in Chattanooga. The division is headed by broker Jennifer Newton and handles buying, selling and managing real estate and home foreclosures throughout east Tenn. and north Ga. Newton, who holds the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designations, formerly held the position of Crye-Leike's relocation director for seven years. She is a member of the National, Tennessee, and Chattanooga Boards of Realtors and she serves on the Tennessee Economic Development Council, the Chattanooga Bar Auxiliary, and is a member of the Chattanooga Junior League. Newton and the REO staff can be reached at (423) 296-1442.

Crye-Leike, Realtors is also nearing completion of an Ooltewah, Tenn. residential sales office.

Crye-Leike, Realtors is the nation's 4th largest real estate company and the largest in the mid-south. The full-service company has been serving real estate clients for thirty years and is comprised of a network of 3,800 sales associates, and 115 corporate and franchise offices located throughout Tenn., Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Ky., and Miss. In 2006, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $6.1 billion with 35,498 closed transaction sides.