Our Story

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Our extensive real estate development experience began in a very simple way. Dr. Cooper, a pediatrician, desired a 2,400 square foot office space. In their spare time Dr. Cooper and Abby were considering the process of building their practice in a single freestanding building on a single lot, they quickly realized the significant investment in time and ultimate cost they would incur. With little experience in the regulatory, financing and construction fields, they found themselves without available time or patience to manage the ever changing processes.

Dr. Cooper and Abby grew frustrated with the time and money they were using by managing the development process themselves. In addition they lost revenue within their practice, they quickly realized the expenses of building the small office was too great and exceeded their budget.

In 1990 the founders of Devreco, LLC proposed a solution: On behalf of Dr. Cooper and Abby, a larger parcel of land was purchased. Economies of scale were created by combining the planning, permitting, financing, infrastructure and construction costs into a larger facility. Ultimately the Coopers’ purchased their turn-key, move-in ready suite within a professional office condominium park; start-up and long-term operational costs were reduced for our client.

The Coopers were able to save significant time and money, continue to focus on their core business functions, and not become distracted by construction and development. They no longer had to stumble through the complex and confusing process of real estate development.

This new model of turn-key development, a full service real estate solution, was new to rural areas in 1990. Our solution soon became widely recognized and accepted in the Delmarva medical and professional communities.

Doctors and professionals began to rely on our very simple and quick solution to their space needs. We offered a flexible design-build, fast-track approach and allowed our clients to choose a lease, a purchase or a lease with a pre-negotiated option to purchase.

Our services stretched beyond the traditional builder/contractor business model of just constructing a building. We combined cost effective design, economies of scale, vision, planning, streamlining regulatory processes and ease of entry into a new facility to add increased value to consumers and clients. Months, if not years, were shaved off of the development process. All while allowing our clients complete design and acquisition freedom.

Most successful doctors and professionals maximize their financial efficiencies in their career, not in real estate development; we have proven value again and again to our clients. Our extensive experience allows busy professionals to not miss opportunities within their core business by avoiding wandering around in the development and complicated regulatory process. Allowing us to implement their vision and space needs in an easy, efficient, cost effective way, creates simple economic solutions.


Tony Gilkerson

Tony Gilkerson

Mr. Gilkerson is a co-founder of Gillis Gilkerson. Tony has been in the construction industry since 1973. He has been involved with all aspects of the construction industry: estimating, purchasing, project management, as well as overseeing business management and operational functions. Gilkerson has been instrumental in the construction and development of the professional/medical office market throughout the Eastern Shore; he has successfully constructed and developed millions of square feet of real estate.

Mr. Gilkerson has built an unparalleled reputation in the Eastern Shore construction industry through being both honest and dependable, and continuously producing developments on time and within budget. Tony is actively involved with Gillis Gilkerson’s long term planning and operations, and advisor to construction related activities. Mr. Gilkerson resides in Salisbury, Maryland.

Palmer Gillis

Palmer Gillis

Mr. Gillis is a co-founder of Gillis Gilkerson. He has been in the construction and development industry for over forty years. Mr. Gillis oversees the long term planning and operation of Gillis Gilkerson and is involved and implements plans with all aspects of the construction and development process, including sales, business development, marketing, estimating, purchasing and project management. He has successfully constructed and developed millions of square feet of real estate on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware.

Mr. Gillis has had an extensive amount of involvement in the community, including: former Salisbury City Councilman and President, past Salisbury/Wicomico Planning and Zoning Commission Member, and currently serves on the Peninsula Regional Medical Center Foundation board. Mr. Gillis is a graduate of Salisbury University and resides in Ocean City, Maryland.

A word from our clients...

"Through our shared network we discovered the Naylor Mill property was going to become available and when we learned Gillis Gilkerson could bring in Zoetis, we wanted to be a part of the deal. This opportunity was advantageous for the customer, Gillis Gilkerson, the bank and the community."

"Back then I owned Mangles, a women’s clothing store and Gumby’s Galleria next door. I needed a builder – I was just a real estate guy. I sold it to Palmer Gillis and he made it look beautiful. We re-did the whole site and transformed it into a functional space that contributed to the energy and activity on The Plaza."

"Gillis Gilkerson saved us, that’s for sure!  We have a great working relationship and consider Gillis Gilkerson business partners because they listen to our needs, provide solutions and have helped us grow over the years.  We are looking at expanding again soon and won’t hesitate to turn to Gillis Gilkerson for help."

"The thing we respect the most is how Gillis Gilkerson creates an atmosphere in which everyone feels a part of the “team.” It is refreshing to do a project in which pricing is competitive, the schedule is aggressive and yet the atmosphere on the job remains professional and cordial. Such a situation is few and far between in the construction industry."

"I am writing to express our thanks and appreciation regarding Headquarters Live. The building looks fantastic and Bayside Fire Protection was proud to be associated with the project. The project was as well run as any we did last year. Chris Gilkerson’s involvement with fire sprinkler issues began prior to design to the end of the project with the accelerated occupancy permit issue. It is rare that an owner/developer/general contractor immediately addresses problems and makes decisions."