Executive Leadership

Intero's senior management is comprised of well-known industry professionals.

Robert Moles
Chairman

During his tenure, Intero has grown into one of the Top 25 real estate companies nationally with more than $5 billion in sales volume. In addition to his duties as Chairman, Mr. Moles currently has Board of Director roles with several companies including Heritage Bank of Commerce and Trulia. A student of real estate for more than 27 years, Mr. Moles is widely regarded as a distinguished leader in the industry and a keen observer in the areas of policy and market trends.

Prior to joining Intero, Mr. Moles was the President and CEO of the Real Estate Franchise Group of Cendant Corporation, the largest franchiser of residential and commercial real estate brokerage offices in the world. As CEO of the group, Moles oversaw the Century 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA® and Sotheby's International Realty® real estate companies, which combined have more than 13,000 franchised offices and more than 262,800 brokers and agents worldwide.

In 1997, Mr. Moles was named President and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, the world's largest residential real estate sales organization. During his tenure as President and CEO, he is credited with re-establishing and enhancing the brand's leadership position with the introduction of its 'Vision 2100' strategic plan. Under Vision 2100, the company initiated and completed the following programs: an award-winning advertising and promotions campaign, a state-of-the-art technology-based training platform, a redesigned and enhanced Web site, a new Internet-based transaction reporting system, and an improved franchise support system. Prior to Century 21, Mr. Moles was President/CEO of Contempo Realty, Inc., in Santa Clara, CA. Under his leadership, Contempo's annual transaction volume grew from $85 million to more than $2.4 billion.

Mr. Moles is recognized as a leader in the area of developing relocation and financial services for brokers. He has led the industry in advocating the creation of value-added services for the purpose of recruiting and retaining agents, and to meet the ever-changing needs of today's consumers.
 
Gino Blefari
Founder, President and CEO

Gino Blefari is the Founder, President and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a leading U.S. real estate brokerage headquartered in California's Silicon Valley. Mr. Blefari has lead Intero, through discipline, constant innovation, and a cadence of accounting, to become one of the fastest organically growing companies in the history of real estate. Today Intero is the #1 real estate company in Silicon Valley and has extended their reach across the U.S. and around the globe.

Founded in late 2002 by Mr. Blefari, Intero Real Estate Services Inc. closed in excess of $ 1.64 billion in their first calendar year. The following year, Intero Real Estate Services was recognized by REALTOR Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS, as the fastest growing real estate company in the nation. Intero was ranked #1 out of the approximately 80,000 brokerages nationwide with an increase in growth of sales of 167.6% and an increase in transaction sides of 128.3%. The company also reached $ 5.5 billion in sales volume that year.

Currently, Intero Real Estate Services has more than 60 offices serving 7 U.S. states; Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas, and internationally in Shanghai and Hong Kong with over 2,000 agents. The company’s combined sales volume for 2013 was over $8.7 billion.

Blefari was given the prestigious RISMedia National Home Ownership Award for "outstanding achievements among residential real estate's most influential and charismatic leaders" at the 2007 NAR Conference & Expo.

In 2007, Mr. Blefari was recognized as the Italian American Businessman of the Year by the Italian American Heritage Foundation. In acknowledgement of Mr. Blefari's green business practices and support, EcoBroker International awarded him the 2006 EcoBroker Community Service Award out of more than one million brokers and agents nationally. Out of 5,000 mentors across the country, he was presented with the Mentor of the Year Award in 2012 by The Buffini Company. And in July 2014, Mr. Blefari will be inducted into the Mike Ferry Organization’s Hall of Fame.

Mr. Blefari possesses a passion for mentoring and continues to share his cornerstones of success with fellow real estate professionals. He believes in the value of coaching and is personally coached by Mike Ferry, Tom Ferry and the Buffini Organization. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In his spare time, Mr. Blefari, an avid listener of audio books, enjoys golf, weight lifting and skiing.
 
Tom Tognoli
Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Tom is a man passionate about having a positive impact on the lives of everyone he comes in contact with. He is a Bay Area native, family man, business leader, and fitness buff. Anyone who has met Tom would say he is one of the most motivating, inspiring and passionate people they have ever met.

An integral part of Intero's Executive Leadership Team, Tom is backed by 25 years of real estate experience, from being a top producing agent to being one of the founding partners and leaders of Intero. He is an advocate of personal and professional growth and development, and he inspires Intero agents by example. This leadership style has become a defining characteristic of the Intero culture and continues to drive Intero’s reputation as one of the premier real estate companies in the nation.

Tom pinpoints Intero’s culture of innovation, education and the Intero Foundation as the main factors that set Intero apart from the pack. Confident in the fact that simplicity is most effective, he spearheaded the redesign of Interorealestate.com as well as Agent Achieve, Intero’s agent productivity suite of tools. He led the rollout of the Intero Document Manager, Intero’s paperless transaction file platform. He is also actively involved in Intero Prestigio, a Luxury Division of Intero, Provizio, Intero’s Training and Coaching Division, and the Intero Foundation, which supports local children in need. Tom is convinced that Intero's progressive initiatives will continue to attract and maintain top producing real estate agents for years to come. As Founder and COO, Tom is at the forefront of technology driving new online marketing strategies and taking advantage of social media opportunities.

Along with many Intero agents, employees and leaders, Tom is a proponent for overall healthy living. Before most even wake up for the standard work day, Tom is busy challenging his mind and body while encouraging his accountability groups to do the same. He has also been instrumental in establishing relationships with wellness and fitness companies to improve the overall health of the Intero team.

As the author of Intero’s wildly popular Monday Morning Mojo blog followed by tens of thousands of readers weekly, Tom has the opportunity each week to explore and share principles of success, happiness, discipline, and more. His enthusiasm in creating an atmosphere centered on Intero's core values is evident by his ongoing commitment to innovation and personal growth. Tom believes that once you get your F5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness & Finance) in alignment, everything else falls into place. When he is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, whether it be a weekend hike with his wife Lynn, playing baseball with son Nick, or riding mountain bikes with son Tommy.
 
John Thompson
Founder and Executive Vice President

Mr. Thompson was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and has over 25 years of experience in residential real estate and managing branch operations.

Mr. Thompson's goal at Intero is to create a company with the highest professional and ethical standards in the industry, while ensuring a commitment to giving back to the community. He is passionate about creating an energetic environment that is results oriented, but one that also focuses beyond simply selling a lot of homes. His desire is to seek out people who think and dream big, and are interested in professional and personal growth. Daily exposure to people with positive attitudes and influences, who are excited about challenging their limits, is his goal. It is his belief, that if these are your priorities, it is the surest way to become a better salesperson and serve the customer and community at a higher level.

Mr. Thompson received his degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. Mr. Thompson enjoys golf, attending sporting events, traveling, the piano, adventure races, and going to the gym. He resides in Los Altos with his wife, Danielle; sons, Trace and Tanner; and their Bernese Mountain dog Beau.
 
Alain Pinel
Sr. Vice President / General Manager Intero Prestigio international

Alain Pinel is Senior Vice President/General Manager Intero Prestigio international. In his role, Pinel will use his experience and past success in facilitating Intero's Estate and Luxury markets, nationally and internationally. Mr. Pinel's 30 years in the real estate business have made him a leader with a solid track record for success.

Alain started his real estate career in 1976 with Fox & Carskadon Realtors, in Los Altos, California. Three years later, he became the managing broker of the new Saratoga office, in the heart of the Silicon Valley. In 1984, Alain was made Senior Vice President in charge of the South Bay region and a year later, became the Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager of the company. Over his five year tenure in such position, Fox & Carskadon tripled its volume of sales (to $ 3 billion) and emerged as one of the top residential firms in the country.

In 1990, as Founder, Chairman and CEO of Alain Pinel Realtors, he reinvented the marketing of high-end properties around international advertising and state-of-the-art technology, before selling the firm to his two partners to spend a few years in Europe.

Through the end of 1994, Alain Pinel was in Paris, in charge of the commercial activities of Sefimeg, the largest real estate entity listed on the French stock exchange with a portfolio of over 9,000 apartments and 3 million square feet of leased commercial space.

In 1995, Coldwell Banker brought him back to California. As SVP for the San Francisco, Peninsula & Silicon Valley region until 2002, Pinel put incredible new records on the books for the company with a sales volume of $13 billion in 2000 and 14,000 closed residential sales.

In 2002, together with three partners, he founded Imminence, a start-up that changed the way real estate is done in France and neighboring countries. With a core business built around the MLS system, he provided a menu of marketing, financial and productivity tools to the industry.

From 2008 to the Fall of 2011, while SVP & General Manager in Massachusetts for William Raveis, the 10th largest real estate firm in the U.S., the company saw its market share jump 50%. It was voted "Best real estate company in Massachusetts" four years in a row.

Mr. Pinel is also a former VP of FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation in Northern California, and former VP of the French-American Chamber of Commerce.
 
Stuart Blomgren
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer

He has held these positions with the company since he joined in August 2002. Mr. Blomgren has more than 14 years of finance and accounting experience including 11 years in the real estate industry.

Mr. Blomgren is responsible for all financial and accounting aspects of Intero Real Estate Services. In addition to holding these positions for the real estate company, he also holds these titles and responsibilities for Intero Franchise Services, Inc, Intero Real Estate Holdings, Inc, and Mortgage Holdings, Inc.

Prior to joining Intero, Mr. Blomgren was affiliated with NRT, in several capacities and served as Director of Finance for Century 21 Seville Contempo from 2000 to 2002.

Blomgren received his Bachelor's of Business Administration in Finance from Eastern Michigan University. He currently resides in San Jose.
 
Christopher Moles
Brokerage Counsel

Christopher Moles joined Intero in 2010, bringing with him practical knowledge of business and corporate legal matters. He has experience in civil defense working to defend contractors, developers, real estate brokers and real estate agents in a wide array of matters-particularly construction defect and real property sales transactions.

Mr. Moles advises Intero on all legal matters. As a California lawyer, he acts as litigator for Intero at court, at the Department of Real Estate, and the California Association of Realtors. Mr. Moles also advises management on day to day transactions. He works closely with franchising operations, and he helps facilitate corporate formalities. Mr. Moles routinely lectures at Intero Provizo training center and works closely with managers and agents on complex transactions and lawsuits. He is corporate representative for Intero on numerous community boards, including Baseball San Jose and the PRDS Forms Committee.

Mr. Moles holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Master's in Business Administration from Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska.
 
Chris Stuart
Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Intero Franchise Services

As EVP and Managing Director for Intero Franchise Services, Mr. Stuart is responsible for the expansion of Intero’s presence throughout the world. Mr. Stuart is focused on developing and delivering the Intero operating structure, innovated within Intero’s real estate brokerage company, to the Intero Franchise network. In addition, Mr. Stuart has responsibility for the Intero Client Services division which provides referral and relocation services to Intero’s offices and its affiliates around the world. Mr. Stuart brings deep housing and technology experience to the position, having most recently served on the founding executive team of a mortgage banking organization where his primary responsibility was to build and manage the sales team. In that position Mr. Stuart built a 200 person sales team that spanned a six-state market and produced revenues of $80M annually and a peak annual loan volume of over $2.5 billion.

Prior to that, Mr. Stuart held senior level sales positions at Oracle Corporation and other Silicon Valley based technology firms where he was responsible for all aspects of sales and account management for a variety of Fortune 500 companies including; Agilent Technologies, Siemens, Cadence Design Systems, GE, Sears and Disney.

Mr. Stuart is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry. Mr. Stuart enjoys spending time with his wife Monica and their 3 children, Gabriella, Austin, and Juliana.
 
Dwight Clark
Business Development

Former all-pro wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, Dwight Clark is an Athlete Endorser for Intero Real Estate Services and Western Bancorp.

Clark and his 49er teammates shocked the world in the 1982 NFC Championship game with a 28-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The decisive play in a thrilling finish was Clark’s amazing, leaping grab in the back of the end zone of a Joe Montana pass with only 51 seconds left in the game. Dubbed “The Catch”, Clark’s touchdown sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl and launched an NFL dynasty.
Clark was a star in the 49ers’ innovative and high-powered “West Coast” offense, an attack, which ultimately revolutionized the offensive approach of the entire league. He earned two Super Bowl rings as a player and three in management for a total of five Super Bowl rings during an era when his 49ers were known as the “Team of the Decade”.

No stranger to innovation and championship organizations, Mr. Clark’s focus at Intero is to build business relationships and expand the Intero brand.
 
Cathy Jackson
Intero Foundation President

As a native Californian, Cathy Jackson brings over 32 years of real estate experience and a comprehensive understanding of the Bay Area market to each and every transaction. Her acumen with contracts, disclosures and pricing strategy among other things, has served her clients well. Cathy utilizes technology to be accessible to her clients whenever they need her.

In 2010, Cathy was awarded the highest award Intero gives...the Intero Value Award. She was voted to receive this award by all the managers in Intero. She works hard in the community and in her career and she very much deserves this award.

For buyers, Cathy’s extensive knowledge of the distinctively different neighborhoods throughout the San Francisco Bay Area helps her clients find the home they want. She is always prepared with information specific to her clients needs.

For sellers, Cathy has a trusted database of professional resources for everything your home might need from painters and carpet cleaners to landscapers. An important component of Cathy’s successful marketing strategy is staging. As an accredited staging professional, Cathy can offer expert advice that will add an extra touch needed to distinguish your home from all the others.

Beyond all of Cathy’s skills and experience is her genuine compassion for people. Her philosophy of customer service guides her daily interactions with the wide array of professionals that come into her activities as a Realtor®. As a savvy negotiator, she takes her role as advocate for her clients to heart to ensure their complete satisfaction. Cathy literally goes the extra mile for her clients and is known for her unparalleled client care which is evidenced by their loyal devotion to her over the past 30 years.
 
David Casas
Vice President of Community and Government Relations

Over the course of his 24-year career involving real estate, corporate finance and philanthropy, Casas has earned a reputation for excellence. In addition to his professional career, Casas has also served as a council member, a school board member, and has served on numerous regional boards in Silicon Valley. During each phase of his career, Casas actively engaged in philanthropic efforts with the companies he joined.

Over the past four years, Casas has helped to lead a variety of significant improvements on the Board of Directors of the Intero Foundation, both operationally and in how it partners with the benefactors of its philanthropy to deliver on its mission to help children at-risk.

Mr. Casas graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree is Business Administration, and from Pepperdine University with a Masters of Science in Technology Management. He also received an Advanced Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement, from Boston College, in addition to a certificate Corporate Citizenship Management. David is married, with two children, and lives in Los Altos, CA.