Meet Our Team

Dannecker & Associates Team



Chad Dannecker is a native San Diegan and is proud to call “America’s Finest City” his home town.  For Chad, success has always meant doing his absolute best in every situation.  His dedicated work ethic and “never give up” philosophy have defined and made his business what it is today.  Chad’s number one goal is to provide his clients with the BEST service in the industry with the highest ethical standards.

Chad began his real estate career in 2002 with an accelerated learning process during one of the biggest real estate booms of all time.  The high volume of clients whom he successfully assisted, gave him a solid foundation upon which to grow.  To Chad, each new day is an opportunity to find creative and innovative ways to help clients reach their real estate goals.  Chad is committed to increasing his expertise through continuing education.  Chad has a Bachelors degree in Business and Spanish, a teaching credential, is a licensed Broker in the state of California, and is a Certified Residential Specialist.

Chad strives to create lasting relationships based on trust, market expertise, aggressive negotiating skills, and monitored performance that will serve his clients’ best interests for many years to come.  Chad is growing his family and business in San Diego and looks forward to representing buyers and sellers here for a lifetime.  Chad is a firm believer that positive attitude, plus positive actions yield positive results.  With cutting edge technology and an experienced, efficient support staff, Chad and his team provide their busy clients with a streamlined, stress-free experience that meets their individual needs.  His clients can expect innovative marketing, constant contact, and most importantly, RESULTS!

Chad can be reached at 619.309.8011 or CalBRE # 01459513


Brent (1)Brent Cole is a native San Diegan with a tremendous enthusiasm for his hometown and it’s future development. Brent started his real estate career in 2004 working in new home sales in downtown San Diego. Brent assisted many buyers negotiate purchases for new condos during the market downturn and transitioned into the resale market in 2010 when all of the new home communities had sold out. Brent’s decade of experience negotiating a large number of real estate contracts has shaped Brent into an expert negotiator.

In 2012, Brent was awarded the Harcourts GOLD Achievement Award recognizing him for an outstanding level of performance in the Real Estate Industry.  He was also awarded a National Sales Award in becoming the 7th Top Sales Consultant in the Harcourts Company for 2012.  Brent has been recognized as one of the Top Performing Downtown agents representing both Buyers and Sellers as well as Property Management.

Not only has Brent been working in downtown residential real estate for over a decade, he resides in the East Village Neighborhood with his family, and is immersed in the downtown culture and lifestyle. Brent has been very active in his community, and previously held the position of President of The East Village Resident’s Association for 2 years (2010-2011).  The Resident’s Association (EVCAN), is a group that offers the homeowners in the East Village an open public forum to be involved and informed on the ongoing changes and issues in Downtown’s most “up-and- coming” neighborhood.

Brent’s experience in Downtown San Diego brings tremendous value to the table when considering buying or selling a home. His local knowledge, easy going demeanor, and his commitment to superior customer service are valuable qualities that one can expect.

Brent can be reached at 858.531.8785 or CalBRE #01463702


Erica Cole is a native San Diegan who grew up in a real estate family.  Sales came very natural to Erica… In the nineties, she worked along side her Father, learning the principles of a successful commercial real estate business.  In 2004 she went on to begin her own real estate career working for developers selling premiere downtown projects (including Icon and The Mark) from their early conception through completion . Her broad experience in new homes includes pre-sales, marketing, interior upgrades, escrow management and floor plan development. In 2009 Erica and her team were awarded The Million Dollar Sales Award, selling over $3.7M.  Her latest milestone, was selling the famed Mark Penthouse for over $2 Million dollars.  Erica believes that all of these experiences coupled with her integrity, ability to connect and maintain strong relationships along with her extraordinary customer service have all been attributes to her success in closing over 500 homes in downtown San Diego alone.  Erica loves San Diego and is eager to share the local knowledge of her hometown with newcomers and residents alike.

Erica can be reached at 619.292.1759 or CalBRE #01476743


Laura BestLaura believes a client should be treated honorably, sincerely, and with integrity and honesty. Her goal is to provide you with an effortless buying or selling experience through her caring, friendly, and thorough assistance. Laura likes working with people on what truly matters to them and believes there are few things more fundamental than the purchase or sale of one’s home or investment property. She learned real estate investment from personal experience and owns properties in San Diego and the Central Coast.

Having lived and thrived in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego for over 8 years, Laura appreciates all of the benefits and conveniences urban living provides. She knows the area, the available inventory, has the right network and resources, and will help you get an edge in the highly competitive San Diego real estate market.

Laura worked as a senior marketing and sales professional  in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years. She received her MBA from Pepperdine University and is also a Certified Small Claims Court Mediator which can quickly help resolve conflicts and present a solid base for real estate negotiations.

She is committed to quarterbacking the sales process and will do whatever it takes to make sure that you are completely happy before, during, and after the sale. Her job is to make your dreams a reality. Being your realtor for life is her reward.

Laura can be reached at 619.920.2823 or CalBRE #01881352


Erica Hinshaw is an ambitious and dynamic individual, passionately committed to executing each and every one of her client’s needs. Erica is a licensed and trained Real Estate Agent providing services to both buyers and sellers. Erica is well known for her passionate delivery of truly remarkable service. She prides herself in her astute attention to detail and her extraordinary communication and customer service skills. You can count on Erica for responsiveness, honesty and integrity when buying or selling your home.

Being a resident of Downtown San Diego since 2006, Erica has her pulse on the area. She is passionate about her community and all that is involved in the neighborhood. Erica thrives at the opportunity to represent others interested in the downtown Urban Lifestyle.

-Resident of San Diego since 1997
-Alumni of University of San Diego
-Originally from Seattle, Washington
-Active member of Big Brother Big Sister of San Diego County and Young Professionals Committee
-Resident of Downtown San Diego since 2006
-Member of the Gaslamp District Association

Erica can be reached at 619.549.2939 or CalBRE #01904680


Originally from the East Coast, Suzannah always had a flair for business and exhibited a strong work ethic. During her college days, she interned in the Visuals Department of Neiman Marcus and managed a Day Spa which she purchased a few years after graduation from the University of Maryland.  Given the chance to follow her dream of moving to San Diego in 2006, she sold her spa and moved to the west coast.

Over the following years, she developed a fashion line and worked closely with the brand’s national marketing and sales teams. During that time, Suzannah also developed the Marketing Department for Good Time Design. Owned by her husband Ty Hauter, the Downtown San Diego-based entertainment and hospitality group operates over a dozen restaurants and nightclubs, many of which are located centrally near Petco Park, in the heart of East Village.

Her love for real estate evolved as she developed ties in the San Diego community. A former resident of Downtown San Diego, Suzannah established her roots in Coronado in 2010 to enjoy the coastal life with her husband and daughter. Using her own experiences while living and working in these communities, Suzannah is the perfect guide for people seeking properties Downtown or along the coast in America’s Finest City.

Suzannah can be reached at 619.972.7850 or CalBRE #01961547


Hey, I’m Jason. I look forward to working with you! Originally from Oregon, I’ve lived and worked in and around San Diego since 2000 and have spent the past 8 years living in the East Village. I love this area and am passionate about the potential of quality living as well as great investments in the 92101 market. In addition to living downtown, I’ve lived in Clairemont and Rancho Penasquitos and worked in Kearny Villa, Poway, and Vista. I work for complete transparency with my clients and an enjoyable experience during what can be a stressful time.

Jason can be reached at 858.220.1101 or CalBRE #01976032


Growing up in Florida, moving through Arizona and finally on to San Diego has given m a real understanding of why people come here and what it is that motivates them. San Diego is the perfect spot. We have it all, great people, perfect weather and a wonderful work environment for entrepreneurs. Work has dictated many homes across the country for me, but there have been constants that I bring with me everywhere I go; love of healthy living, God/Family and especially connecting with people. Having spent my entire adult life as a successful corporate sales person, I have built a skill set for successfully selling real estate by helping clients with the details and challenges when they want to purchase a home. In my spare time, I love to work out and explore the city by bike or running along the Embarcadero and the harbor downtown…And in typical San Diego fashion, any day on the beach with the people I care about will always top my list as to why I live in and LOVE San Diego!

Nicole can be reached at 619.961.6615 or CalBRE #01953082


Originally born and raised in Orange County, I had moved to Los Angeles for college (go Bruins!) before finding my home in San Diego. After experiencing the all the different lifestyles in Southern California, I can truly say that San Diego has the most to offer. I have been in San Diego for 6 years now and have no plans of ever leaving. As an East Village resident, I love to catch Padres games at Petco Park, trying out all the new restaurants, and taking my yellow lab, Walter with me everywhere I go. Having a background with years of sales experience in a different industry and my passion for helping people, real estate was a natural fit for me. I fell in love with the whole process of looking for a place to buy downtown for myself and want to share that experience with as many people as I can. 

Matt can be reached at 619.643.2099 or CalBRE #02020574


As a native to Southern California, with a pervasive passion for the area and its lifestyle, Robert Gmür complements his knowledge of the community with extensive experience in the customer service sector. Having worked for a prominent home décor retailer, he was introduced to interior design and staging, which sparked his love affair with the industry he now calls a profession: residential real estate. Robert prides himself on his personal service and attention to his clients’ needs and goals. With a strong attention to detail, Robert calls upon his sales and marketing skills to establish a new standard for service. Robert is working with Southern California’s most respected real estate professionals who are all united by the common goal of perfecting the client experience.  He is currently working alongside Chad Dannecker, one of San Diego County’s most experienced and trusted real estate professionals. Robert has the resources and ability to help take the real estate service he offers to the next level. The unique, team-focused culture that defines Welcome to San Diego Real Estate is just one element that places the organization in a class above the competition.
Robert is also passionate about giving back to the local community and is actively involved in several charities throughout San Diego County including Relay for Life, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of others with life-threatening cancer related illnesses. He is also a certified GREEN Real Estate Agent. He currently resides in East Village with his dog, Kona.

Robert can be reached at 949.310.5195 or CalBRE #01925663


I love and am very passionate about the San Diego lifestyle. Originally from Texas, and a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, I’ve lived in many places, but none hold a candle to this great city. From fine dining and nightlife, to hiking, the zoo, and beach, San Diego has something special for everyone. I know what it means to serve others, and I spend my time on quality and focus for my client’s individual needs. Combining that quality and focus with a fantastic work ethic I always strive to surpass my client’s expectations. It would be a pleasure to work with you!

Sarah can be reached at 423.227.9053 or CalBRE #02018697

HEATHER DANNECKER, Property Management & Office Manager

Originally from northern California, I moved to San Diego in 2002. I spent my first several years living in north county and have lived downtown since 2007. My husband, Chad, and I have chosen to raise our two energetic boys in downtown San Diego and feel incredibly fortunate to live and work in the East Village neighborhood. We live and love the downtown lifestyle, so it is only natural that I want to share this with others. I believe in honesty and integrity in all aspects of life and bring these high ethical standards to my profession. I take pleasure in providing my clients with the best possible experience.

Heather can be reached at 619.618.2264 or CalBRE #01718492

MELISSA AYER, Listing Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Melissa (1)I was raised here in San Diego and cannot imagine being anywhere else. I grew up in Chula Vista and currently reside in North Park. Both areas hold a special place in my heart and I get to enjoy the best of both worlds. I recently became licensed and am enjoying the learning process. Working with this team has given me a wealth of knowledge I may have never known anywhere else. Providing the best service is automatic for any of our clients. I work closely with all things marketing, listing coordination, and administrative duties. It’s wonderful to walk through the steps with them and see the joy in their face when they buy or sell a home. In my spare time I like to experience everything my hometown has to offer especially weekends at the Zoo with my husband and park days with my dogs.

Melissa can be reached at 619.618.2263 or CalBRE #02000921


Meet Our Team