Jim Ketai co-founded Bedrock in 2011 and has been the managing partner and CEO ever since. With a strong passion for Detroit, Jim has spearheaded Bedrock’s campaign of acquiring and developing 90-plus properties including landmarks such as the Madison Theatre, Chrysler House, Chase Tower, and the First National Building. Jim has also worked tirelessly to bring more than 160 new businesses to Detroit’s Central Business District. He is an active member of the community, serving the boards of the Urban Land Institute and the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit. Before forming Bedrock, Jim Ketai was the managing partner of Etkin Equities for 21 years and led the development, management, and leasing of more than 8 million square feet of owned commercial real estate holdings.
John’s knowledge and experience in construction and capital project management have allowed him to complete fast-paced, high profile developments for Bedrock in an unprecedented time frame. Since 2011, John and his team have managed more than 200 projects encompassing over $600 million in building renovations, upgrades, and new construction totaling over 4.8 million square feet in downtown Detroit. John has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years, completing numerous projects covering all market segments. Uncommonly diligent by nature, John ensures projects are appropriately staffed and timelines are followed. John graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Architecture.
Steve Bentley is Chief Financial Officer for Bedrock, responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s accounting and finance functions. Steve joined the team in 2013—during Bedrock’s second year—as its first CFO. In recent years, Steve has managed and directed the growth of the accounting/finance teams from five to 25-plus team members in order to meet the demands of Bedrock’s constant growth. He has also closed on hundreds of millions of dollars in debt and tens of millions in tax credit syndications. Steve brings more than 32 years of experience to this role. Prior to joining Bedrock, he served for 16 years as Chief Financial Officer and Principal of Burton-Katzman, a real estate development and property management firm.
Tamara Knapp is Chief Operating Officer of Bedrock
With more than 20 years of experience holding senior management positions in real estate development and property management, Tamara is the ideal person to lead numerous aspects of the company’s operations including property management, engineering, human resources, parking, sponsorships, events and more.
Knapp oversees Bedrock’s 90+ commercial and residential properties in downtown Detroit and Cleveland totaling more than 15 million square feet and implements Bedrock’s core principles and policies. She ensures the company maintains an energetic, healthy work environment exemplifying best-in-class commercial real estate practices. Tamara has a proven track record of contributing to the growth of multiple companies through marketing, business development, and strategic planning.
Knapp attended Grand Valley University where she studied business administration; she also maintains a Michigan real estate sales license. She is a member of SHRM, CREW, BOMA, and earned an Advanced Human Resource Compliance Certification through the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, her passion and success led DBusiness magazine to recognize her as one of Detroit’s top female business leaders, for which she received a “Powered by Women” award. Most recently, Tamara was named one of Real Estate Forum’s “2016 Women of Influence.”
Dan Mullen is President of Bedrock. In this role, he is responsible for creating and implementing the company’s vision for Detroit’s downtown. He has played a crucial role in locating and attracting unique, innovative companies and retail tenants to the city’s Central Business District. Mullen also serves on the board of the Empowerment Plan, a Detroit non-profit that hires previously homeless women to make sleeping bag coats for the homeless. He has been recognized as one of Detroit’s top young business leaders, receiving a “30 in Their Thirties” award from DBusiness magazine and a “40 Under 40” award from Crain’s Detroit Business. Mullen began his career with Dan Gilbert’s Family of Companies in 2003 as a mortgage banker for Quicken Loans.
Howard Luckoff is Bedrock's consigliere. Howard has been an attorney for almost 30 years and has been involved in all aspects of real estate law including development, acquisitions, land use, entitlements, development incentives, partnership and joint ventures, financing, leasing, tax, sales, workouts and restructuring.
Howard has represented the Family of Companies for more than 20 years and has represented Bedrock since its inception. Over the last 30 years he has also represented owners and developers of shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, and casino gaming properties.
Howard was born in Detroit and has lived in and around Detroit his entire life.