DICKSON, TN, – Crye-Leike, REALTORS is proud to announce that Realtor Michael L. Gilliland Sr. has earned his “Graduate REALTOR? Institute” (GRI) designation.  Michael is a licensed Affiliate Broker based out of the company’s Dickson, Tennessee branch office located at 1904 Highway 46 S. in Dickson.


“In the real estate field education and knowing your craft is paramount,” said Michael.  “An agent must be knowledgeable in all aspects of the industry. Passing the initial exams and doing what is necessary toward continuing education requirements is not enough.”


Michael earned the “Graduate REALTOR? Institute” (GRI) designation by attending a specific, intensive series of a minimum of 90 hours of classroom instruction, covering a variety of subjects including:  contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance, and risk reduction.  In addition, he has learned the fundamentals of brokerage and other areas of real estate specialization.  With this designation and through increased awareness of current topics important to the real estate professional, such as legal issues, he is far more capable of serving prospective clients and customers.


“Good agents continually strive to learn more and keep themselves current in a very rapidly changing industry,” said Michael.  “This is an absolute must if we are to provide the level of service to our clients and customers that is required.”


Michael is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee assisting buyers and sellers in and around Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, Cheatham, Williamson and Davidson counties.  He specializes in all types of residential real estate sales and is a member of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR), Tennessee Association of Realtors (TAR) and National Association of Realtors (NAR).


“One of the most enjoyable aspects of this educational program is the interaction with other agents from a great number of other locations and backgrounds,” said Michael.  “You make new friends, business contacts and come away with many new ideas and how to implement them.”


Prior to joining Crye-Leike, Michael was a Pilot for Petroleum Helicopters, INC.  He served the company for 17 years.  Michael lives in Dickson, Tennessee and is an active member of the Dickson Good Morning Rotary Club.


“I came away from this latest program with much more confidence, enthusiasm, sense of purpose and greater insight into the real estate industry,” said Michael.  “I look forward to the next series of educational opportunities that I will become involved with.”


For all your real estate needs or personal referrals, please contact Realtor Michael L. Gilliland, Sr. by phone at 15-519-6545, email: and you can find him on the web at


Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 4,100 sales associates and 132 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2007, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.7 billion with 32,500 closed transaction sides.