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Ellis Gardner, CRS

Ellis Gardner

When most people hear Ellis Gardner’s slogan, “Go With a Pro!” they think it refers to his NFL football career. Actually, it urges them to “go with” a professional Realtor® while also reflecting Ellis’ commitment to excellence in each stage of his life.

Ellis graduated Cum Laude from Chattanooga’s McCallie School for Boys. Subsequently, Ellis graduated Cum Laude from Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Electrical Engineering. While at Georgia Tech, Ellis excelled in two NCAA sports as a 3-year starter in both Football (“Blindside” Tackle) and Wrestling (Heavyweight) followed by a 3-year career in the NFL: Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers (now TN Titans) and Indianapolis Colts.

From 1985-1996 Ellis worked as an engineer designer/technical sales rep visiting major cities in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southwest. In 1990, Ellis earned a Professional Engineer license he holds to this day. In 2000, with two small children at home, Ellis got off the road and earned his professional real estate licenses (TN & GA) In 2019 Ellis earned a Real Estate Instructor license teaching night-school pre-licensing while selling during the day.

Locally, Ellis serves on three community boards focused on Arts and Diversity and has been deeply rooted in CRS/RRC for each of the past fifteen years. That’s why it should be easy to “Go With a Pro!”

  • 2008-2020 CRS/RRC Chattanooga Rep (LNG)
  • 2014 CRS-TN Chapter Secretary
  • 2015 CRS-TN Chapter Treasurer
  • 2016 CRS-TN Finance Director (transition year)
  • 2017 CRS Tennessee State President
  • 2018 RRC Regional VP Region 9
  • 2019 RRC Regional VP Region 9
  • 2020 RRC Regional VP Region 4
  • 2021 RRC Regional VP Committee Chair
  • Awards PAG January 2018
  • RRC Elections PAG 2020
  • 2018 Award: RRC Ambassador Top Recruiting
  • 2019-2021 NAR Federal Financing Committee
  • 2021 Board of Directors - Greater Chattanooga Realtors
  • CRS: Certified Residential Specialist
  • C2EX – NAR Commitment to Excellence Certified
  • At Home With Diversity®
  • RRC Smart Home Certification
  • RRC Luxury Home Certification
  • RRC Digital Marketing: Social Media Certification
  • RRC Residential Listing Certificate
  • RRC Negotiations Certificate
  • ABR: Accredited Buyers Representative
  • SRS: Seller Representative Specialist
  • SRES: Seniors Real Estate Specialist
  • GRI: Graduate Realtor Institute
  • E-Pro: Computer Proficient Realtor

Ellis's views of the future of the profession and the direction of the Council:

Ellis Gardner, CRS

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