Matthew P. Cullen serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Bedrock and leads the company’s efforts to spark development and revitalization in the City of Detroit, which includes Quicken Loans’ national headquarters move to the city in 2010. Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties, including new construction of ground up developments in downtown Detroit and Cleveland totaling more than 18 million square feet. These developments have been a catalyst for attracting new businesses, workers and residents to the city.
Cullen also is a Principal of Rock Ventures LLC, the Detroit-based organization that serves and connects entrepreneur and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers Dan Gilbert’s Family of more than 100 companies, as well as his investments, real estate purchases, and community activities.
Cullen is also Chairman of JACK Entertainment, a Detroit-based urban gaming company which owns and operates gaming and racino properties in the Midwest. JACK Entertainment is comprised of over 4,000 team members and generates more than $800 million in revenues.
Cullen is a 29-year veteran of General Motors (GM), where he was General Manager of Economic Development and Enterprise Services. In addition to coordinating economic development initiatives in the communities in which GM operates, he created a shared services organization and had responsibility for the corporation’s vast 450-million-square-foot global real estate portfolio.
Cullen was Chief Architect of GM’s $500 million acquisition and development of the Renaissance Center as the automaker’s global headquarters. Since 2003 he has helped oversee the billion-dollar redevelopment of the city’s international riverfront as the founding chairman of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, whose vision is to create more than five miles of contiguous public access and linked parks along the river.
He also serves as Volunteer President and CEO of the M-1 RAIL Streetcar initiative. The 6.6 mile streetcar, known as QLINE, connects the city’s largest cultural destinations, educational and entertainment facilities and employment centers along Woodward Avenue. Through a public-private partnership, M-1 RAIL serves as a catalyst for investment, economic development and urban renewal to positively impact Detroit while helping to create a modern, regional transit system.
In addition, Cullen is the Chairman of Invest Detroit; Vice Chairman of the Downtown Detroit Partnership; and serves on the Detroit Zoological Society executive committee. He is also a board member of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Hudson-Webber Foundation, and Penske Corporation, and a trustee of the College of Creative Studies and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. He has previously chaired the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Parade Company and the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA, and retains current executive committee membership with all three organizations. For more than 10 years, Cullen served as the governor-appointed Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation executive committee.
Cullen earned a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University. A native Detroiter, he resides with his wife and family in the Detroit area.
Mark Dunkeson oversees operations for Bedrock as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, including 600 team members and more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland totaling 18 million square feet. In his role, Dunkeson guides the company’s performance and physical growth, culture, vision, and leadership development.
Dunkeson is also Chief Executive Officer and member of the board for JACK Entertainment, a Detroit-based urban gaming company which owns and operates gaming and racino properties in the Midwest. JACK Entertainment is comprised of over 4,000 team members and generates more than $800 million in revenues.
Prior to arriving in Detroit in 2013, Dunkeson spent 20 years in commercial gaming, resort, and hospitality development where he led operations for several multi-property divisions of Red Rock Resorts in Las Vegas, NV. As Senior Vice President of Operations for the luxury brand division, he oversaw operations of properties including, Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa, and Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino. Prior to that, Dunkeson led and operated seven other gaming properties for Red Rock Resorts, and also spent five years as their Corporate Vice President of Development, spearheading the company’s expansion initiatives.
A native of Albuquerque, NM, Dunkeson earned a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University. He resides in metro Detroit with his family, and is a passionate advocate for the resurgence of Detroit, MI and Cleveland, OH.
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.
Steve Bentley serves as the Chief Accounting Officer for Bedrock. In this role, Steve is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s accounting functions. Steve joined the team in 2013 as the company’s first Chief Financial Officer. Steve managed and directed the expansion of the accounting and finance teams from five to over 50 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 deals 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.
With more than 25 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, property services, 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.
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.