Oxford, MS: Crye*Leike Oxford Real Estate Franchise Owner and Managing Broker, Mark Hodge, has been recognized as a Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Top 40 Under 40 finalist.

Nominees for this award are submitted anonymously and chosen as individuals that stand out to be top community and business leaders in North Mississippi. Upon nomination, an independent panel reviews and narrows down the nominees and then hand picks the finalists and overall 2017 Top 40Under 40 recipients.

"To be chosen as a finalist for this award means a great deal to myself as well as my family," said Hodge. "Since opening the Crye*Leike Franchise office, I have worked hard to build it to a level that is respectable amongst my peers and the community."

A University of Mississippi graduate, Hodge has worked in the real estate industry for over 16 years, working as both an appraiser and a realtor. Hodge has been a franchise owner in Oxford since opening doors in 2015.

In the last two years, the franchise has made great strides forward and within a short amount of time became one of the top five real estate offices in the North Central Mississippi Board of Realtors and one of 2016s Top 10 Franchises. Hodge predicts that the 2017 sales volume will be double to that of the 2016 sales volume.

Hodge actively serves as a board member for the North Mississippi Board of Realtors, MLS Committee. He is a member of Crye-Leikes Multi-Million Dollar Club and a member of the National and Mississippi Association of REALTORS and the North Central Mississippi Board of REALTORS.

"My goal is to have the Oxford office one of the top real estate offices year in and year out," said Hodge. "I want people to think of our office when they think of real estate in Oxford."

Hodge will be featured in the December edition of the Northeast Mississippi Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40 Finalist.

ABOUT CRYE-LEIKE. Crye*Leike Franchises is a division of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for 40 years. As the fifth 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 3,100 sales associates, 800 employees and 126 company-owned and franchise offices spread across nine states. It generated $6.36 billion in sales volume and 32,788 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2016 its biggest year ever - and is on track to achieve the companys goal of $6.7 billion in sales volume this year.