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VOL. 129 | NO. 123 | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Real Estate Veteran Jan Phillips Rejoins Crye-Leike

By Kate Simone

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Jan O’Kelly Phillips has joined Crye-Leike Realtors’ Germantown-Poplar branch office, marking her return to real estate sales.

Phillips, who has worked in the local real estate industry for 36 years, first joined Crye-Leike in 1978 and was among the agents who opened the company’s first branch office in Bartlett. In 1990, she entered the mortgage banking industry and has served as a loan officer for the past 24 years – most recently as vice president and senior loan officer with Magna Bank.

Hometown: Rutledge, Tenn., until moving to Memphis after graduating college.

Experience: Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee, interior design. Worked at Innkeepers Supply, division of Holiday Inn, designing public areas of hotels and motels. Thirteen years as a real estate agent; 24 years as a mortgage loan officer.

Family: Two daughters, Leigh Boyle and Kristi O’Kelly, and one granddaughter, Reese Ramsey.

Favorite quote: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” – Will Rogers

Favorite movie: “The Blind Side,” because of the Memphis and football connections and the overall message of the movie.

The sports teams you root for: Vols – I bleed orange. I also root for the Memphis Tigers unless they are playing the Vols. One daughter and I graduated from Tennessee, and the other daughter graduated from the University of Memphis.

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Spending time with my granddaughter, playing cards with friends, sewing, gardening and traveling.

What talent do you wish you had? I would love to be able to sing. … I can’t carry a tune.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? As a child, my grandfather – for making me feel like, with hard work, I could achieve anything. As an adult, my daughter Kristi, who was born with a disability. She has not let it define her or stop her, and she is an inspiration to our entire family.

What led you back to real estate sales? I love working with people to improve their lives through homeownership.

How has Crye-Leike changed since you left in 1990? Crye-Leike has grown tremendously by maintaining their initial values and are now ranked fifth in the nation. Today, technology is a huge part of Crye-Leike’s business, yet they have maintained their personal touch with every customer interaction.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Raising my two daughters to become successful adults, both personally and professionally.

What do you most enjoy about your work? I love showing property and seeing the excitement in my clients’ faces when they find their ideal home.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Like I always tell my granddaughter: Just do your best. That’s all anyone expects.


Debbie Bossé, senior director of software solutions for Cannon Wright Blount, has been named a Top 100 ProAdvisor by Intuitive Accountant. The publication’s inaugural list recognizes leading consultants who have leveraged the ProAdvisor program to better serve clients and grow their businesses.

David Lund joined Summit Truck Group as service manager of its Memphis commercial truck and bus dealership. Lund has an extensive background in service management for commercial truck dealerships in the western United States and has served as an instructor for Universal Technical Institute.

Visible Music College has added Dave Prince and Jane Pierotti to its board of trustees, a unified body that governs its Memphis campus and new teaching sites in Chicagoland and Dallas. Prince is lead pastor of Living Word Church in Lansing, Ill., and Pierotti is president of Counterpoint Inc.


Tim Schaeffler has begun a two-year blacksmithing apprenticeship at the Metal Museum. Schaeffler recently graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in metalsmithing. In addition, Megan Doss has joined the Metal Museum as administrative assistant. Doss began interning in the museum library last summer and recently graduated from Rhodes College.


New Ballet Ensemble & School has been named one of 50 finalists for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award committee cited New Ballet’s successful work in youth arts learning. The 12 NAHYP award winners will be announced this summer.

Nine attorneys from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC’s Memphis office have been ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as leading practitioners in their practice areas. Leo Bearman Jr., E. Franklin Childress Jr., Robert C. Liddon Jr., Jill M. Steinberg and Buckner Wellford achieved Band 1 rankings; and Mary L. Aronov, Matthew S. Heiter, Jackie Prester and Edward R. Young achieved Band 2 rankings.

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