A real estate investment manager since 1987, Rocco has navigated multiple commercial real estate cycles and built many strong relationships along the way. Alongside Mark Hoekstra, Rocco leads the Intersection team with integrity and wisdom, overseeing marketing, business development, and the investment advisory business. Rocco currently serves as Chapter President for the San Diego Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization. An avid Bay Area sports fan, he’s waiting patiently for another 49er Super Bowl. He spends the rest of his free time playing guitar, skiing, and keeping track of his three teenage children.
With more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, Mark’s passion for the industry runs deep. As Intersection’s co-leader alongside Rocco Cortese, he inspires values-driven performance in his team, ensuring the highest quality client service in the brokerage and real estate services division. A life-long Padres fan, Mark can’t wait for the day San Diego brings home a championship. When he isn’t home tending to the horses and cows that reside on his boarding ranch, Mark is an avid jeep enthusiast and enjoys camping in the desert.
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.
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.
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.
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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