With more than 20 years of experience holding senior management positions in real estate development and property management, Tamara leads numerous aspects of the company’s operations including property management, engineering, sustainability, crisis management, and more. Tamara oversees Bedrock’s 100+ commercial and residential properties in downtown Detroit and Cleveland totaling more than 18 million square feet. She ensures the company maintains an energetic, healthy work environment exemplifying best in class commercial real estate practices.
Tamara attended Grand Valley State University where she studied business administration; she also maintains a Michigan real estate sales license. In 2013, Tamara’s passion and success led DBusiness magazine to recognize her as one of Detroit’s top female business leaders, for which she received a “Power of Women” award. She was also named one of Real Estate Forum’s “2016 Women of Influence.” Tamara is a member of SHRM, BOMA and CREW and received CREW Network’s “2017 Impact Award” honoring extraordinary achievement in commercial real estate through economic and community improvement.
Jim Ketai co-founded Bedrock in 2011, served as the CEO and Managing Partner for the first 8 years and now serves as the company’s Chairman. Jim has led Bedrock and its affiliates to their investment and commitment of more than $5.6 billion through acquisition and development of more than 100 properties, totaling more than 18 million square feet in Detroit and Cleveland, and is under construction with ground up developments in excess of 2 million square feet in Detroit. Jim and his team have brought more than 330 new businesses to Detroit’s Central Business District.
He is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of the Urban Land Institute and the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit. Jim is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Colorado. Before forming Bedrock, Jim Ketai was the Managing Partner of Etkin Equities, a Southfield based development company, for over 21 years and led the development, management and leasing of more than 8 million square feet of owned and managed commercial real estate holdings in the tri-county area.
Bill Emerson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Bedrock. In this role, Bill is responsible for overseeing Bedrock’s leadership team and the growth of the company. Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties, totaling more than 18 million square feet in Detroit and Cleveland, and is under construction with ground up developments in excess of 2 million square feet in Detroit.
Bill also serves as the Vice Chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender and several other FinTech businesses. Previously, Bill was Chief Executive Officer of Quicken Loans, a position he held for 15 years. Under his leadership, Quicken Loans became the second largest retail mortgage lender and closed more than $400 billion of mortgage volume across all 50 states from 2013 through 2017. This wealth of experience growing a complex, national brand is helping to take Bedrock to the next stage of growth.
Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of Xenith, the Detroit Economic Club, The Parade Company, the Detroit Children’s Fund and the Skillman Foundation. Dedicated to his community, Bill has been the recipient of the ALS Association’s Iron Horse Award and the Salvation Army’s prestigious William Booth Award, the nonprofit’s highest honor. He also supports the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter.
Heather Wilberger is Bedrock’s first Chief Information Officer, responsible for overseeing and managing the information technology team and all strategic technology acquisitions for the company. Heather brings to Bedrock more than 15 years of experience in information technology, both in the public and private sectors.
Her specialties include minimizing redundancies, designing, implementing and managing networks and software as it relates to property management, acquisitions and development. Before coming to Bedrock, the newly minted Michigan resident was most recently the CIO for a large-scale residential and commercial property management firm on the West Coast.
Angelo is serving as Bedrock’s General Counsel as well as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Quicken Loans. He joined Quicken Loans as legal counsel over 22 years ago. Angelo brings a wealth of experience across all legal matters, including real estate leasing, risk management, and regulatory compliance.
Angelo is particularly adept at creating process, protocol, and rigor when it comes to the delivery of top-quality legal services to all of his business clients. In addition to his managing counsel responsibilities, he is also actively and enthusiastically involved in the company’s leadership development program as a mentor, guest speaker, and advocate.
Melissa Dittmer serves as Bedrock’s first Chief Design Officer and is responsible for coordinating both short- and long-term design strategies throughout all aspects of Bedrock. In her role, she utilizes design-thinking to ensure that every physical, spatial and urban experience is well-designed for all of the people who live, work and play within Bedrock’s footprint.
She has co-authored all of Bedrock’s master planned projects including Rivereast, Douglass Site and City Modern. Recently, Melissa collaborated with Detroit’s civic leaders on the city’s Amazon HQ2 proposal. In this role, Melissa led the creation of a 242-page Vision Book that illustrated Detroit’s unparalleled opportunity for growth, the city’s unique lifestyles and development strategies. As a design advocate, Melissa also co-led the organization, design, and curation of a 17-day architecture exhibition called “Detroit Design 139” that resulted in 16 special public events, 5,000 exhibit visitors, 19 published design articles, and three media outlets declaring Detroit as a top 10 tourist design destination. Throughout all of her work, Melissa strives to demonstrate the importance of utilizing architecture and design as urban regeneration strategies.
Tushar Pandit serves as Bedrock’s Vice President, People. In this role, he oversees the strategic growth and development of Bedrock’s workforce, which has grown from less than 100 team members to 500+ in the last five years. Tushar is committed to making Bedrock a career destination while focusing on attracting and retaining the best talent in today’s marketplace.
Tushar leads organizational performance [HR business partner], total rewards, labor-relations strategies, people insights and operations, diversity and inclusion, talent management and leadership development – while overseeing the continuing evolution of Bedrock’s culture. Joining Bedrock with nearly 20 years of human resource leadership experience, Tushar is frequently featured as a subject matter expert at human resources events and conferences. Tushar earned his MBA from Ivey Business School and holds several certifications, including SHRM- SCP, GPHR, CHRL and CHRP.
Steve Bentley serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Bedrock. In this role, Steve is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s accounting and finance functions. Steve joined the team in 2013 as the company’s first CFO. Steve has managed and directed the expansion of the accounting and finance teams from five to over 40 team members in order to meet the demands of Bedrock’s growth.
During his tenure at Bedrock, he has closed on over one billion dollars in debt and monetized several tax credit debts under federal and state historic, new markets and brownfield programs. Steve brings 35 years of experience to this
role. Prior to joining Bedrock, he served for 16 years as CFO and Principal of Burton-Katzman (now Dominion), a real estate development and property management firm.