Crye-Leike Agent Ellis Gardner Excels in Residential Brokerage

Chattanooga, Tennessee – Crye-Leike, Realtors announces that Ellis Gardner of Crye-Leike’s Signal Mountain branch office was awarded the Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) designation by the Tennessee Association of Realtors, under the auspices of the National Association of Realtors. The GRI designation is a national professional designation that signifies mastery of a specific and intensive program of classroom instruction in various aspects of residential brokerage.

Through the Realtor Institute program, real estate professionals study marketing, ethics, contracts, finance, technology and other real estate topics. The GRI program provides real estate professionals with the skills needed to render greater and broader services to the public and to prospective clients. Successful graduation from the GRI program in Tennessee requires successful completion of at least 90 hours of course work and five written examinations on various aspects of the courses taken.

The GRI program curriculum and standards are governed by the National Association of Realtors, the nation’s largest professional trade association, representing over 1 million members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. More than 35,000 Realtors in North America hold the GRI designation. Currently, over 3,000 Realtors in Tennessee have earned the GRI designation, with several thousand more having taken one or more courses in the program series.

Mr. Gardner has four years of real estate sales experience and is licensed in Tennessee and Georgia.  He serves the real estate needs of buyers and sellers in and around the Greater Chattanooga area.

As a multi-million dollar producer, he has attained membership within Crye-Leike’s Multi-Million Dollar Club, a membership of over 550 sales associates who have been recognized annually for their outstanding sales performance for individually selling in excess of $2 million.

Gardner also holds his accredited buyer representative (ABR) designation, given by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC), an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, to recognize his excellence in the area of buyer representation.

Gardner is a member of the National, Tennessee and Greater Chattanooga Associations of Realtors.

Prior to entering the real estate industry, Gardner was a professionally licensed electrical engineer for 14 years, receiving his electrical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga. While in college, he played football as offensive lineman and was twice named a member of the Academic All-American Football Team from the NCAA. His football career escalated from there, where he became a professional football player for the National Football League (NFL) as offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Oilers (known now as the Tennessee Titans).

For real estate information, Ellis Gardner of Crye-Leike, Realtors, may be reached at 423-413-5037.

Crye-Leike (, a full service real estate company for 27 years, is the nation’s 10th largest real estate company and the largest serving Tennessee and the Mid-South. Crye-Leike of Chattanooga has nine branch offices in five counties throughout its East Tennessee Region in Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn and Washington counties, including Catoosa County in North Georgia.  Crye-Leike sales associates within its East Tennessee Region currently total over 350.