BETTER THAN GOOD.
we are the good Gies!
We spend our off time giving back to the local community through youth ministries and veterans support services.
Construction and real estate have always been in the forefront of his Kurt Gies’ career, beginning at the University of Florida where he earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering degree. He was commissioned as a US Naval officer in 1987 into the United States Naval Construction Battalion, better known as the Navy Seabees, form the U.S. Naval Construction Force (NCF), and in 1994 became registered as a professional engineer in the state of Florida.
Early in his Navy career, Kurt served in a variety of project management, construction, engineering, and property asset management roles. He began in Orlando at the Naval Training Center, where he served as the Public Works department Chief Engineer. From there, he moved to New York City and was
responsible for the project management of over $30 million in military construction projects. Later, he moved to Pensacola FL, where he was responsible for all Navy facilities projects in northwest Florida.
After serving his country on active duty service, Kurt joined MACTEC engineering and consultants and was responsible for over 40 engineers and technicians conducting facility inspection services and was personally responsible for all the amusement ride certifications for the opening of Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.
Following September 11th 2001, however, Kurt was recalled to active duty for 2 years where he served on the staff of General Tommy Franks of the United States Central Command to help prepare for Operation Iraqi Freedom by leading a crew of 300 men to construct the $160 million contingency headquarters in Qatar. As a result, Commander Gies was decorated with six military medals for his leadership and meritorious service. He later retired from the Navy Construction business in 2007 after devoting 25 years to his country.
Over the next two decades, Kurt Gies added several more designations to his construction career including commercial, residential, and multifamily real estate brokerage; as well as becoming a licensed loan officer in 2011. By 2018, Kurt had produced over $350 million in combined commercial and residential real estate closings and mortgages.
About that time, he and his new wife Lana Gies decided to combine their career expertise and launched Wise Gies Realty Services – a full service real estate agency offering renovation services, financing, appraising and interior styling along with the traditional brokerage services of buying and selling real estate. The fact that the renovation aspect of their business was such a success, (link to videos here), they decided to launch Wise Gies Construction -- specifically devoted to residential and commercial new construction, home renovations and commercial build outs.
With the decline of housing inventory expected drop another 9% over the next 12 months, Kurt and Lana are excited to offer their clients once again, their all-in-one model of financing, land acquisition and construction of their dream home or business!
Lana is uniquely qualified in a vast array of expertise and knowledge of the real estate industry. In addition to her excellent reputation in working with her clients in home sales and purchases, she also adds an in-depth understanding of the appraising process as Co-owner of Added Value Appraisal Services for more than 20 years. Her creativity and passion for home improvement and design has led her to get certified by OSHA in basic construction practices, and certified in interior design and staging. Her early careers in hospitality and public relations have instilled in her the importance of customer “first impressions”, trust and credibility; therefore she prides herself on being able to quickly think on her feet and identify solutions to home challenges creatively and resourcefully. Together, she and Kurt have 5 adult children who are all thriving in their various careers, including real estate, financial advising, construction and sales.
Bachelor of Science and Masters of Engineering from UF
Commissioned Naval Officer – Seabees
Public Works department Chief Engineer
Engineer who inspected and certified all the rides at Islands of Adventure
Qatar under General Tommy FranksOperation Iraqi Freedom lead engineer to construct $160 million contingency headquarters in
Licensed in and worked in multi-family, commercial, residential real estate
Licensed loan officer
Licensed Commercial Building Contractor
Owner of Wise Gies Realty Services (5 star reviews) and Wise Gies Home Renovations, dba Wise
2020 Recipient of the Orlando Regional Realtor Association Good Neighbor Award, awarded to 9 top REALTORS® whose volunteerism epitomizes the REALTOR® dedication to community service.
Commander of the local American Legion for 5 years and leading the Post to receiving Post of the Year for two consecutive years for community and veterans programs.
Founded Challenge 22, a community walk and fundraising event to help eliminate the veteran suicide crisis in America. To date, the event has raised over $350,000 for local programs catering to veterans and healing post traumatic stress.
Patriot, Christian, Family man, Invested in the community