Business Briefs for Sept. 22, 2016

Area real estate agent ranked first in Tennessee

Judy McLellan

Judy McLellan

MEMPHIS—Judy McLellan of Crye-Leike Real Estate Services has once again achieved the prestigious rank as No. 1 among an elite group of real estate agents across the country.

According to a recent report by REAL Trends Inc., its annual America’s Best Real Estate Agents list ranked McLellan No. 1 in Tennessee for individually attaining $65,391,774 million in sales volume in 2015.

A resident of Germantown, McLellan is affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow branch office in Memphis. She has been Crye-Leike’s No. 1 sales producer for 19 straight years out of its 3,000-plus sales force in a nine-state region. Making company history in 2015, she was recently named Crye-Leike’s Lifetime No. 1 Sales Producer, a hall of fame distinction that only two other Crye-Leike agents have attained in the company’s 39 years.

The REAL Trends list ranks the most productive agents and agent teams by state and metropolitan statistical area (MSA) based on closed transaction sides and closed volume. For more information, see To review all agents ranked, see For more information about Crye-Leike, see

Area real estate agent named to prestigious list

Jimmie Tapley

Jimmie Tapley

MEMPHIS—Crye-Leike Real Estate Services has announced that one of its sales associates, Jimmie Tapley of Memphis, was named to the 2016 The Thousand list of America’s top 1,000 real estate sales professionals, as published by REAL Trends Inc. in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal.
Tapley had transaction sides totaling 168, ranking her No. 119 in the nation, tied with five other agents across the U.S. She is one of 1,000 designees recognized as the top one half of one percent of more than 1.1 million licensed Realtors nationwide. A multimillion dollar producer and vice president of Crye-Leike, Tapley is a broker affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Quail Hollow branch office in Memphis.

“Becoming a member of such an elite group as The Thousand is an incredible accomplishment in any market, but what Jimmie did during these challenging times is impressive on so many levels,” said Marti Gallardo, vice president of classified advertising for The Wall Street Journal. “Her efforts topped 99.99 percent of the more than 1.1 million Realtor’s nationwide.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to be named to The Thousand,” said Tapley, who serves clients primarily in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee and DeSoto County in Mississippi. “It’s extremely gratifying to help clients find their dream homes as well as help them sell their properties quickly and for the highest price possible.”

The Thousand is a national award ranking sponsored annually by REAL Trends ( For more information on the award, see For more information on Crye-Leike, see

O’Charley’s sales to raisefunds for fallen vets’ families

o-charleysO’Charley’s has begun an initiative that will help provide scholarships to the families of U.S. soldiers killed in military combat. The restaurant chain has announced a partnership with The Folded Flag Foundation and has committed to raising $75,000 to the organization by donating $0.25 for every 22-oz. beer sold in restaurants through Veterans Day weekend. Additionally, O’Charley’s will provide guests with an opportunity to donate separately on their check.

One hundred percent of donations will go toward honoring the fallen members of our U.S. military by providing educational grants and scholarships to their family members.

In the past 25 years, more than 7,000 men and women have died while deployed in the combat zone, leaving behind thousands of spouses who struggle to support themselves and their children’s education. While government assistance programs exist, they do not provide enough to cover education costs for the soldiers’ children.

First Citizens National Bank ranks 11th in workplaces

first-citizensFor the fourth consecutive year, First Citizens National Bank has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For. First Citizens currently ranks 11th overall for banks across the entire U.S.
The full list is featured in the September issue of American Banker Magazine and is available online at American

The program, which was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize and honor the best banks to work for in the nation, is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group. In all, 60 banks achieved “Best Bank” status in this fourth year for the program.

Each participating bank’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics are evaluated (25 percent of total evaluation). Employee surveys also assess the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace (75 percent of the total evaluation).
For more information, see

Burger King brings new treat: Cheetos Chicken Fries

Burger King is now offering Cheetos-flavored breading covering its Chicken Fries for a limited time. The recommended price is $2.89 for a nine-piece order.