Dan Pickens


  +1 210.452.0461


  • Lives and Works in San Antonio and the Hill Country
  • Residential Specialist serving Buyers, Sellers, and Investors
  • US Navy Veteran

Agent Profile

Growing up in a construction family and working on residential and commercial construction crews throughout college instilled in Dan a love and appreciation for real estate. An alumnus of the University of Tennessee and Harvard Business School, Dan has enjoyed a successful 28-year executive career in financial services, living throughout the Eastern and Southern United States as well as London, United Kingdom. Having recently retired as Chief Actuary with USAA, Dan has now returned full circle to his first passion: real estate.

Dan’s experience and success in financial services translates nicely to real estate where he brings a proven track record of exceptional customer service, a strategic and analytical mindset, masterful negotiation skills, and a keen attention to detail to ensure his clients are delighted and that their interests are protected.

The decision to join Kuper Sotheby’s was easy for Dan as it was based on his own personal experience. A five-time client, Dan witnessed first-hand the marketing prowess and the global reach of the Sotheby's brand. Dan couples his experience and tenacity with the Sotheby's infrastructure to deliver unmatched value and service to his clients.

Dan is passionate about serving the Military Community. The son of a retired Chief Petty Officer, Dan spent eight years in the US Navy Reserves. Dan’s oldest son also served in the US Air Force. Dan regularly volunteers with organizations providing services to military personnel and their families in the San Antonio area.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing guitar (don’t be surprised if you see him at your local restaurant) and spending time with his wife, Jacqui, and their three grandchildren, Matthew, Michael, and Eliza.

Whether you’re buying, selling, or investing in San Antonio real estate, Dan is committed to providing exceptional service to all of his clients. He looks forward to earning your business and exceeding your expectations every step of the way.

My Name:
Dan Pickens
Where were you born:
Jackson, Tennessee
Where did you attend college:
University of Tennessee....Go Vols!
Where have you lived:
In reverse order: San Antonio, TX; London UK; Winston-Salem, NC; Cambridge, MA; Columbus, OH; Chattanooga, TN, Boca Raton, FL; Knoxville, TN; Miami, FL
Who is your hero:
My Dad! A retired Chief Petty Officer and WWII Vet, Dad was tough as nails, yet was compassionate and caring. He left a lasting impression on everyone he came in contact with. He left us too soon.
What motivates you to work hard:
Knowing that my example will influence my children and grandchildren inspires me to give my all each day.
What are your hobbies:
My wife, Jacqui, and I love to travel. I also enjoy playing acoustic guitar and target shooting.
What is your favorite book:
My favorite book, at the moment, is Half Time by Bob Buford. It explores how one finds meaning and fulfillment in the second half of their life.
Do you have any pets:
No, we have grandkids....Matthew, Michael, and Eliza :-)
What is your favorite thing about San Antonio:
San Antonio has to be the ultimate city in America. The people are warm, friendly, and caring; the food is phenomenal; there is respect for our military; and I find the weather to be outstanding.

Client Testimonials

I've really enjoyed working with Dan. He combines excellent business sense with a very strong analytic outlook. Few people can bridge the two as well as he can. His leadership and organizational skills are excellent, which explains why he's one of the most trusted and respected senior executives at USAA.
- Neal Silbert, Chief Analytics Officer, Zurich North America
Dan and I worked together over 4 years at GMAC Insurance. Dan is an outstanding business leader - and is a well-rounded General Manager as well as being a great Actuary! Dan can size up business situations very quickly, determine appropriate potential alternatives, pick one and drive forward! He knows all areas of Property and Casualty Insurance and is a great individual! I would work with Dan again at any time!
- Jerry Filler, SVP Technology, Ameriprise Financial

What do you love about San Antonio?

The diversity in our city. No matter where you come from, San Antonio welcomes you.