Thomas R. Gardner began his real estate appraisal career at the Texas Highway
Department in 196--,and worked his way up to be one of the most respected and revered real estate appraisers in the Austin area. He obtained his MAI from the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers in 1976, and was heavily involved with the South Texas Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, as president of the Austin Chapter in 1968 and 1972. Tom also served as president of the South Texas Chapter of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers in 1982. Tom primarily appraised commercial and specialty properties, and when he and Derry formed Gardner Appraisal Group, Inc. in 1983, Derry began the ranch real estate arm of the firm. Tom worked and consulted until his retirement in 2000. Tom died May 30, 2012, and Derry is carrying on Gardner Appraisal Group, Inc.
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