William has been a top producer in Real estate since 1996. He has experience with New Home Sales, Foreclosures, HUD Properties, Short Sales and Previously Owned Homes. A firm believer in being armed with knowledge, William strives to educate his students, so that they will be able make informed decisions throughout their entire real estate career. William is a member of Dekalb Board of REALTORS, Georgia Association of REALTORS, National Association of REALTORS and Georgia Real Estate Educators Association.
My philosophy is three-fold: (Foster Learning, Learning Never Ends and Passion). 1. My job, as an instructor, is to create an atmosphere that fosters learning. 2. One of the most important concepts I hope to impart to my students is that learning is a process that never ends. 3. You must have passion for guiding students through the learning process, in addition to the materials presented.
With a background in stand-up comedy and improvisational theater, David brings a teaching style that is fun, engaging and effective.
David Blanton, an Associate Broker and an Approved Real Estate Instructor, has extensive experience with over 20 years in the Real Estate Industry. Before transitioning to real estate sales in 2011, David was a Certified Real Property appraiser with over 14 years of experience.
Since getting his salespersons license, David has helped over 200 families fill their real estate needs since getting his salesperson licensed in 2011. David has been a regular member on his brokerage’s Associate Leadership Council as well as consistently being in the top 10 out of over 200 agents in his office. David is a practicing agent with 2018 production of around six million and a 10 million dollar production target for 2019.
David also has experience originating loans, flipping real estate, property management, mentoring, training, and running a brokerage.
Through it all, David has maintained the heart of a teacher and is always looking to help those around him succeed at levels they never dreamed possible.
Gregory is an Atlanta native earning his Georgia Real Estate License 1999, Broker License 2003, and Instructor License 2019. Gregory is the Broker/Owner of Lamar Real Estate Group LLC. He was top producing Associate Broker with RE/MAX for 12 years, a top producing salesperson with Coldwell Banker Buckhead Brokers for 3 years, and an approved REO/Bank Owned (foreclosure) listing agent for Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Fannie Mae and 2008 Life Recipient of DeKalb Association of REALTORS® Pinnacle Award. Gregory owned and operated several successful tax businesses in DeKalb County, GA for 15 years and sold to H&R Block.
After the premature death of his daughter Courtney E. McCord, an educator on July 4, 2015, Gregory wanted to honor his daughter. His wisdom attained in real estate, along with the knowledge gained throughout his years as a professional business owner, has allowed him to continue her legacy as an instructor. Learning is easy when it’s taught by people who love what they do, Real Estate is Gregory’s profession, and he loves it.
Gregory looks forward to classrooms with students he can impact with his wisdom, knowledge, and help them enhance their real estate careers. Gregory is a member of the Georgia Real Estate Educators Association (GREEA), Georgia REALTORS (GAR), and an instructor for the GAR Partners in Education Program. He believes in connecting with nature and promoting sustainable life choices. One of his favorite quotes is “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” William Arthur Ward.
Diane Wise began her real estate career in New Jersey in 1976 and relocated to Florida in 1987. She has been a Certified Paralegal for 30 plus years and specialized in both residential and commercial the Real Estate throughout her tenure. Her breadth of experience ranges from the acquisition of land for the development of commercial properties to the creation of subdivisions and PUD’s. Over the years, she’s worked in various capacities in the industry to include: Regional R.E. Paralegal, Office Manager, Coordinator/Paralegal in Land Acquisition, Firm Administrator and Project Manager where she was responsible for the abstraction of over 3,700 commercial leases.
While functioning in these roles she became well versed in conducting closings (for 20+ years in FL), as well as drafting legal transaction and loan documents, including but not limited to: contracts, easements, mortgages, declarations (DCCRs), agreements, leases etc.; and reviewing surveys, plats, title, condo documents, commercial and residential leases, etc.
Upon relocating to Georgia in 2007, Diane fulfilled the dual role of working as a Regional R.E. Paralegal and Qualified Broker for KB Home. She worked as the Contract Compliance Broker for Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners from 2014 through Oct. 2017 and since 2014 she has written and taught GREC approved classes and Pre-License Real Estate and Cram Classes for Pre-License Real Estate through Atlanta Partner Real Estate School.
I was licensed to sell Real Estate in 2002. My background is in accounting and banking. I also taught Computer Lab at a local Christian School.
I love learning so I jumped right into Real Estate and joined our local Board of Realtors & served on the board & many committees. I was part of 5 ladies from different real estate companies who chartered “The Women’s Council of Realtors, Coweta County” I served as Treasure, Vice President and President. Their goal is to promote strong business leaders in the industry and in the broader community.
I am also a Certified Relocation Specialist.
I have been with Keller Williams Realty since 2006 and served as a mentor to new agents for 7 years, 4 years on the Agent Leadership Council & I teach CE classes though our Productivity Coach as well as classes that are not CE.
Can you tell I love to learn and I love to teach!
Alison Walker Grant is an Associate Broker and has a Real Estate Practice for over 16 years. She is a member
of Georgia Multiple Listing Service, First Multiple Listing Service, Georgia Realtor Association and Metro
South Association of Realtor. She has received numerous awards for sales production from the Metro South
Association of Realtors and Keller Williams Realty
Ms Walker-Grant holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from Midlands Technical College in South
Carolina, Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Columbia College also in South Carolina, and a MBA from
Mercer University in Georgia.
She has served in many capacities in the International Group, Toastmaster including Club President and
She has served as mentor to many Real Estate Agents and provided training to agents in the areas on Real
Estate Contracts, Scripts, and Real Estate Training. She trains and coaches a team of Real Estate agents of
150. Her person sales volume ranks in the top 20% of her market center.
Ms. Walker Grant has one adult daughter and one granddaughter. She enjoys running, hiking,
traveling and is an avid reader.
Tom Byrd is a two-time graduate of The University of Tennessee’s Haslam School of Business, earning a B.S. and a M.B.A. Tom worked over twenty years in the global supply chain industry, ten of which he held the role of General Manager. During this time, Tom both created and led many employee training sessions. Tom retired from corporate life to join his wife, Tonya, in real estate in 2019. Tom is a member of the Agent Leadership Committee in his broker’s office and teaches classes for his brokerage often.