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Rocco Cortese, CEO/Co-Founder of Intersection, formulates, guides and maintains the company’s strategic plan, which determines its overall direction and profitability.

Rocco has been an active California real estate broker since 1987. His 35 years of experience in the industry have enabled him to navigate through the ever-changing cycles of commercial real estate and establish strong relationships with private and institutional clients.

Rocco’s commitment to continuous improvement has led him to leadership roles in Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), serving in numerous board positions and culminating in his role as President of the San Diego Chapter in the 2021/2022 fiscal year. Today he continues his service sitting on the global leadership committee for EO.

An avid Bay Area sports fan, he’s waiting patiently for another 49er Super Bowl. He is a self-described learning junkie reading books and listening to numerous podcasts about leadership and business strategies. He spends the rest of the time keeping up with his 3 children and donating time as a mentor to young entrepreneurs and college students.

He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration.

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As President/Co-Founder at Intersection, Mark Hoekstra is responsible for executing the long-term plan of the organization by formulating short strategies and overseeing daily business operations. Mark has more than 35 years in commercial real estate and an intimate, working knowledge of all facets of the industry. An effective communicator and leader, he ensures that his clients and team regularly set new standards of excellence within the Intersection CRE portfolio.

Mark shares a commitment to learning and growth as he is actively involved in several commercial real estate associations and philanthropic efforts. He has served as Past President of both the USD Alumni Association and the Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club. He also serves as a member of USD’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate – Commercial Real Estate Committee and is a past director of the San Diego County Commercial Association of Realtors and Center City Advisory Committee (CCAC).

Most recently Mark earned his Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership from his alma mater, the University of San Diego, where he earned undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

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Ken provides 25 years of experience in real estate strategy and development, facility management, design, and construction operations, and has led the corporate real estate, facilities, and capital project organizations at Pfizer, Amgen, PG&E, and Verizon.  Ken has developed life sciences, industrial and office assets throughout North America, and was a former Board member with the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers. He received his MBA from Temple’s Fox School of Business and undergraduate degrees in architecture and civil engineering from Drexel University. Originally from South Jersey, Ken now lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea with his wife and children and remains a loyal Philadelphia sports fan.

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With more than a decade of experience in Operations, Sales, and Business Development with a demonstrated history of success at scaling large enterprises. Karen comes to Intersection bringing skills in Leadership, Operational Planning, Sales Enablement Mastery, Training, Marketing Communications Planning, and Staff Development/ Coaching. With her highly strategic, results-driven, and people-first approach, Karen is an invaluable asset to the Intersection team. In her spare time, Karen enjoys practicing meditation, traveling, and exploring new spots in town with her husband.

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Nadir oversees all construction and development activity including both ground-up and adaptive reuse projects for Intersection. His construction management experience includes over 3 million square feet of new ground-up construction, over half a million square feet of tenant improvements, and full redevelopment of both office and hotel properties, primarily in California. His acquisition due-diligence and entitlement experience spans most property types including industrial, commercial, office, multifamily, and hospitality. Nadir’s development experience includes obtaining entitlements at all levels, up to and including full environmental impact reports and parcel map creation.

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Possess 10+ years’ progressive, successful experience in operations, leadership & management. Master of Public Administration (MPA) from San Diego State University. Highlights: Selected by the Daily Transcript as one of 2019’s 50 most influential leaders in San Diego! Recognized as part of San Diego Business Journal’s Women of Influence in Construction, Commercial Real Estate and Design. Well-versed in advising executives on policy and program development and advancement; identifying problems and formulating solutions and collaborating on cross-functional teams. In her free time, Rou enjoys traveling, spending time with freinds and trying new eateries

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