John van der Spuy
Managing director
John van der Spuy is the senior valuer in the firm having joined Steer & Company in 1975. His professional career has included valuations and property management since 1971 when he studied for the National Diploma in Valuations. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Valuers of SA and has jointly managed the property investment and sectional title divisions in support of his colleagues. He has been a partner in the firm since 1983 and continues to take the lead in various valuation areas including litigation, market values, insurance values and asset/balance sheet valuations. These include both moveable and fixed property assets. When he's not riding his Triumph motorcycle to various valuation sites across the Country, he can be found running around the tennis or squash court.
Nina Vass
Director | Residential division
Nina hails from Cape Town and has always been destined to work in the property industry, given her family history. After starting her tertiary education with Economics and Law, she turned her focus to property and completed a BSc (Honours) at UCT. Nina's interest in property valuations was reaffirmed after doing some vocational work for CBRE during her studies which led her to register as a Candidate Valuer in 2010. Nina officially joined Steer & Co in 2009 as portfolio manager of the single-owned blocks of flats portfolio, managing over ninety buildings and became a Member of the company in 2012. In conjunction with this asset management role Nina completed the necessary exams and valuations to register as a Professional Valuer in 2016. She continues to play a management role for Steer & Co's residential property portfolio with her focus being property valuations. Nina divides her life between the ever-interesting property industry and her growing family.
David Porter
Director | Commercial division
David moved from Johannesburg to study a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree (Honours) at Rhodes University before relocating to Cape Town in 2008 to work for a large contemporary art gallery. He joined Steer & Co in 2011 and began his career in property as a broker, becoming involved in the management and valuation divisions of the company over time. In 2016 David was invited to become a Member of Steer & Co. His enthusiasm for the property industry lead him to complete a certificate for the commercial property practitioner through SAPOA and the University of Pretoria. He is currently studying towards his Masters in Property Studies at UCT and plans to register as a candidate valuer. When not finding creative solutions to his client's needs, he generally spends time with his family and friends. He enjoys collecting art, being outdoors and fishing.
Teresa Hamilton
Director | Residential division
Teresa was born in Cape Town, but raised in Hilton in KwaZulu Natal. After matriculating, she returned to Cape Town to study a BSc (Honours) in Property Studies at UCT, where she went on to achieve distinctions for both degrees. Teresa has spent her career in the residential and commercial property industry in Cape Town since graduating with experience in property investment, management and development. Most recently, Teresa started her own property management company and in just over 2 years grew the portfolio of managed properties (both residential and commercial) substantially. In early 2017 this was merged into Steer & Co's investment portfolio and Teresa joined the company as portfolio manager of the "single-units" residential portfolio. Teresa simultaneously became a Member of Steer & Co. When she isn't "thinking property", she's dreaming of a beach run in Betty's Bay.
Colin Fisher
Head of operations|Sectional title
Colin comes from an infrastructure design background within the Telecommunications sector having been responsible for numerous projects including the initial underground design for the V & A Waterfront, infrastructure design for Robben Island and the conversion of St Georges Mall to a pedestrian walkway. With this background Colin naturally fell into the position of independent assessor for National Insurance Companies where his interest in property, and more specifically property management, began. Colin seized an opportunity in 2003 to become directly involved in the property management sector where he was responsible for commercial, residential and sectional title property management. Colin is highly motivated and has a passion for wanting to share his property management experience to ensure continued growth of those around him, empowering them to be successful. His mantra is that effective communication is the cornerstone of success. When he's not following motorsport at Killarney or an oval track in the WC, Colin can be found fishing or camping close to a river.
Melissa Cullen
Residential Property Manager
Melissa is originally from Johannesburg, but relocated to Cape Town in 2009. Her introduction to property was through working in an accounting-based company specialising in sectional title management, where after she joined Steer & Co in 2014 as Nina's assistant in managing the residential investment property portfolio. Melissa capably took over the reins from Nina as portfolio manager and she continues to manage a dedicated team in the asset management of over eighty blocks of flats. Melissa is expanding on her capabilities by including some commercial properties in her portfolio. When Melissa isn't circulating motivational quotes to keep our residential management team focussed, she can be found volunteering as a dog walker for 'Lucky Lucy.'
Zane Franklin
Commercial property manager
Zane is originally from Johannesburg, but came to Cape Town to complete a BSc (Zoology and Ecology) at UCT after which he relocated to Hoodspruit to work in the anti-poaching unit on a game farm. A post-graduate diploma in enterprise management at UCT brought him back to Cape Town, where he changed direction by joining a wine distribution and marketing company as a business intelligence consultant. Zane joined Steer & Co in 2014 when took over the management of the commercial property portfolio. Although his journey through property has been relatively brief he continues to learn from his mentors within the Company with his aim being to enlarge Steer & Co's management footprint in the commercial property industry. When he is not in the office Zane can be found outdoors, in the sea or on the mountain.