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Team

Brent Case

Senior Vice President,
Business Development

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Brent has more than 15 years of economic development experience supporting business growth and expansions, assisting entrepreneurs, developing programs and infrastructure, and recruiting domestic and international private sector companies.  He has over a decade of operational and sales experience in manufacturing and global logistics.

Kelly Nicholl

Chief Marketing Officer

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Kelly Brings over 10 years of economic development marketing experience to Intersect Illinois.  Prior to joining Intersect Illinois she was Vice President of Marketing for Indiana Economic Development Corporation. During her tenure she launched multiple successful campaigns and the branding efforts on behalf of the state.

Nathan Krout

Managing Director of Business Development

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Nathan brings a strong background in financial analysis to the team, prior to joining Intersect Illinois, Nathan was a member of the leadership team at Accelerated Growth Advisors (AGA), a Chicago based management consulting firm. In his five years at the firm, he led client engagements in the Midwest and Silicon Valley for organizations in various stages of growth from hyper-growth, to turn-around and everywhere in between.

Paulina San Millan

Research Director

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Before joining Intersect Illinois, Ms. San Millan worked for Newmark Knight Frank as a Senior Consulting Analyst on their site selection team. Paulina moved recently from New Mexico where she worked in several positions related to economic development for the past 10 years.

Kaitlyn Ezeocha

Chief of Staff

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As Chief of Staff, Kaitlyn is responsible for managing operations for the organization and its team.  Her experience at the Department of Commerce brings institutional knowledge and critical organizational talent to Intersect Illinois.

Victoria Michalski

Graphic Designer

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Victoria is a recent graduate of Columbia College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.  As the leading “eye” of the organization she provides artistic direction and brand management to all materials that Intersect Illinois creates and produces.

Zandy Van Tholen

Executive Assistant

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Zandy has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Using her scientific mind to support our CEO in her hectic role as the leader of Intersect, she truly never has a dull moment.

Tyler DeBrabander

Business Development Manager

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Tyler is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Economics and specializations in Economic Development and Data Analytics. He is passionate about improving the lives of everyday people and providing more opportunities to get ahead in today’s economic climate.

Charles Son

Intern

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Charles is currently attending Northwestern University for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Minor in Economics. Charles has extensive experience as an intern, with projects as varied as market-expansion strategies used in Russia, as well as coordinating international patent applications.