Tops at Crye-Leike

Special to The Log
Wanda Duke

The Top Producer for the month of September in Closed Sales Volume at Crye-Leike Coastal Realty is Wanda Duke, and the Top Listing Agents for the month of September is the John Paulsen Group.

Duke began her real estate career in Memphis as a mortgage loan originator in 1986. While working for Crye-Leike's mortgage company, now called Magna Bank, she became a Realtor, and was very successful her first year and was awarded Rookie of the Year along with being in the Top 25 within the entire company of over 3000 agents.

Soon after purchasing a condo in Destin, Duke and John Paulsen became franchise owners in Destin. In July 2002 the doors officially opened and success has been a way of life for her.

Hard worker, knowledgeable, and fun to be with makes Duke a top realtor in Destin. Her peers and her clients voted her best Realtor in Destin in 2012.

The John Paulsen Group consists of John Paulsen, co-owner of Crye-Leike Coastal Realty, and fellow agent, Suzanne Sweatt. Paulsen brings his proven leadership and business savvy to the Crye-Leike Coastal Realty team. With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience with one of Memphis' largest printing firms, he has the vision and knowledge of what it takes to successfully market and manage a business. He has received numerous sales awards, including the Prestigious Award for Sales from Memphis Sales Executive Club.

Initially, Paulsen established the Crye-Leike Coastal Realty as a franchisee in Real Estate Sales division. However, he soon realized the market for a professional and customer-oriented Property Management division. This led him to launch Destin Getaways Vacation Rentals in April 2003. His expansive ties in the Destin community as well as the Southeast provide networking connections that have allowed his Destin office to prosper throughout the past 12 years.

Personal experience in real estate led Sweatt to a Realtor’s license. Having lived on both coasts, in Europe and in Hawaii, she knows real estate from the buyer’s and seller’s point of view. Formerly an academic, Sweatt holds a Doctor of Arts in English. She takes pride in assisting customers and facilitating their real estate buying or selling experiences.

Sweatt is a member of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR), Florida Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. She was a participant in ECAR’s Leadership Group of 2008 and has served on the ECAR Public Policy and Professional Development committees.