Book of Lists Newsmaker – Real Estate: Chip Gardner

Chip Gardner likes to say that real estate is in his DNA. And he means that literally.


Gardner’s great-grandmother, the late Gertrude Gardner, was a pioneer in the New Orleans real estate industry and the first woman in town to start her own real estate company, Gardner Realtors, in 1943. The firm became a titan of the regional real estate estate landscape. And as the company reached its fourth generation in leadership, Chip Gardner became Vice President of Operations at Gardner Realtors.

“It has been a real blessing to have been running our family’s business with my father, mother and sister for the past ten years,” said Gardner.

In December 2020, Latter & Blum acquired Gardner Realtors – the largest real estate company on the Gulf Coast. Chip Gardner has transferred his title and responsibility to Latter & Blum and has brought the Gardner family’s institutional knowledge and over 20 years of experience in the residential and commercial real estate sector to Latter & Blum’s day-to-day business.

“Bringing the two leading local companies – Latter & Blum and Gardner Realtors – together under one roof was a natural match that will help our brokers thrive in a competitive, rapidly changing industry,” said Gardner.

Prior to joining his family’s real estate company, Gardner gained extensive global advisory experience with the Duff & Phelps Real Estate Advisory Group in Houston and earned the prestigious Member Appraisal Institute membership designation, which is awarded to professionals with experience in real estate appraisal and appraisal.

Chip Gardner is recognized as a thought leader in real estate and has spoken on numerous panels locally and across the country. Under his leadership, his family’s company has received several awards as a top real estate company and workplace.

“We focus on providing the best possible support to the broker and saving the broker time so they can focus on the part of the business that matters most – building meaningful relationships with clients,” said Gardner.

To serve the community, Chip Gardner, of the New Orleans Mission, a nonprofit homeless shelter, sought to expand their women’s facility by purchasing a piece of land known as Gardner Cottage and doubling the capacity for women. who oversees the mission in the city. .

The company was also able to sponsor a second Gardner Cottage on the North Shore to serve more women.

Gardner credits his father, company president and CEO Glenn Gardner, as his mentor and watched his father run the family’s real estate business for four decades.
Gardner said a path to personal mastery and purpose in life and a desire to help others create the lives they love made him interested in real estate. His company teaches real estate agent habits to help them achieve high income production and customer satisfaction.

“You cannot determine your future, but you can determine your habits that will determine your future,” says Gardner.