Gary Pickren has deep ties to the local real estate community. Since 1995 Gary has performed real estate closings, taught real estate agents and advocated for all South Carolinians in changing South Carolina real estate law. Gary grew up in Spartanburg and graduated from Wofford College. After law school, Gary relocated to Columbia where he has been an active member in the community serving as the Assistant Ombudsman Director for South Carolina in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, liaison for the United Way, Dentsville Youth baseball coach and Elder at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church.
Gary, his wife and children are avid travelers who love visiting the historical cities of the South such as Charleston, Savannah, St. Augustine and Williamsburg. If you have taken a trip to Williamsburg recently, chances are Gary had tons of advice on visiting the Historical Triangle area.
Gary has a deep respect for our citizen-soldiers. As Gary witnessed service members return after deployment struggle with employment issues, he decided to get involved. Gary volunteered to be an Ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve. In ESGR Gary mediates disputes between the employer and the service member pertaining to the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. In 2014 Gary was promoted to the Assistant Ombudsman Director of South Carolina.
Gary is a licensed real estate broker and so he has a unique perspective on real estate closings. He also is a licensed real estate agent instructor. Gary has taught continuing education to thousands of real estate agents on topics such as contracts, agency, disclosure, and ethics. Gary assisted in the writing of the real estate contract used in the Midlands since 2007. Gary also successfully argued before the South Carolina Real Estate Commission seeking a rewrite of the controversial Seller Disclosure form. Gary later served on the task force that rewrote the disclosure form.