MEET THE TEAM
The Chris "Knox Team" an integral part of our overall Real Estate based business here at Pinnacle Real Estate located at the Willow Glen Town Square Professional Building in San Jose. Our team of Real Estate Consultants offer talent that extends well beyond basic transactions, and are well versed in all aspects that encompass our industry. Whether you are in need of an architectural and structural eye on your home, interior design tips and tricks from a visually inspired interior designer or require the time and talent of an Administrative Assistant to juggle all the preparation tasks of buying or selling Real Estate in the greater Silicon Valley, and beyond.
Read more on the bio of each team member below.
1. CHRIS KNOX
REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT | MANAGING BROKER
Born and raised in parts of the Peninsula and South San Jose region of the Bay Area, Chris interest in homes began at an early age, often found touring several open houses during his weekend along with his mother at a young age. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelors of Science and an un-wavering desire to become a residential architect and specialist in building homes. His career path soon changed, as he became a licensed Realtor in 1994 and began his Real Estate career working under a long-time established Broker in Milpitas. Since then, Chris has partnered and worked with brokerages such as Re/Max Santa Clara Valley and dual Mortgage Loan and Real Estate brokerages such as The Property Network. During his time working exclusively with lenders, and nearly pursuing that route, Chris was able to get a clear understanding of common lending practices which helps his buyer clients make sound mortgage lending decisions during the pre-qualification and pre-approval processes. His historic understanding of the ins and outs of building and repairing homes, coupled with his brief time in and out of the high level tech recruiting industry makes him a valuable Real Estate Consultant and asset to his clients, as a majority of his clients often hold various prestigious and tech-related roles in the valley. Chris has lived in several different parts of San Jose as well as Santa Cruz, but currently lives in Willow Glen near Cambrian Park schools and parks.
2. LEAH KALTSAS
REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT | INTERIOR DESIGNER
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Leah's journey is similar to those that have relocated not only their lives but their families from out of state to one of the many distinct neighborhoods found in San Jose, California. Leah's first experience leaving her hometown came as she attended college at University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota, which also prove not to be her last time away from home. Following her time at the university, Leah spent time at a design and merchandising position in Chicago, which coupled with a newlywed Real Estate purchase of a rehab ready condo in the Lincoln Square urban area of Chicago, inspired her now lifelong passion of interior design and property rehab projects. At the beginning of the 2000's she made the long and arduous journey to California and San Jose along with her husband and growing family, their first of a few (later) Real Estate purchases in the area beginning with a newly constructed condo in the urban setting of the Rose Garden area near downtown San Jose. Leah's passion for design in all aspects comes in handy during her local tour of homes and their potential, in which she is often known to come across homes for sale in any area that can use her touch. This helpful nature - along with her attention to detail in small to large scale renovations - make her a valuable asset to our team and our clients. Leah currently resides in a craftsman bungalow designed by Wolfe & McKenzie in the Shasta Hanchett Park area of the Rose Garden.
3. HANA A. DAVE
ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE | TRANSACTION COORDINATOR
Born in the city of Oakland and raised in Fremont, Hana's interest in the Real Estate industry is not nearly as focused and tied into the physical home itself, but all the odds and ends that go into the entire process of preparing (and ultimately succeeding) in buying and selling real estate. Hana graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in hopes of becoming an Accountant at one of the 'Big 4' accounting firms and moving to San Jose to start a successful career auditing local tech companies in Silicon Valley. Entering the job market during a recession period, she found herself at a local branch in Fremont of a Fortune-500 retail automotive company focusing heavily on all parts of the customer service experience, as well as administrative, operational and growth strategies. Her transition into the Real Estate industry almost occurred by accident as she began selling homes part-time in the Central Valley area, in which then, she was given the opportunity to merge all aspects of her previous and desired role with the opportunity to serve the team here at Pinnacle Real Estate. Hana's flexible and resourceful nature, along with her commitment to ensuring overall satisfaction in any process make her a key player in tasks such as preparing listings for the market as well as helping buyers find the right home. Hana has lived in Fremont and Union City in the past, and currently resides in Milpitas.