Founder and Chairman
Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT), which went public on August 6, 2020. He is also Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, Founder and Chairman of the Rock Family of Companies, a portfolio of technology businesses and real estate investments, and Chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship. The Rock Family of Companies and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 30,000 team members, including more than 17,000 in Detroit’s urban core.
In 2020, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed $320 billion dollars in home loan volume across all 50 states and, for the 11th consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders.
Dan is also an active investor in fintech, sports-related and consumer direct companies. Dan is a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup and early-stage technology companies and a Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity.
In February 2016, Dan co-founded Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first ‘stock market of things’, combining the visible, liquid, anonymous, and transparent benefits of a stock market with the online consumer secondary market.
Dan began moving his Family of Companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great American city. In 2011, Dan co-founded Detroit-based Bedrock, a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential space. Since its founding, 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.
Director & Board Member, Rocket Companies
Jennifer Gilbert is Director and Board Member of Rocket Companies, which went public on August 6, 2020. She is also the Founder and CEO of Amber Engine, a Detroit-based home furnishings services and solutions technology company formed in 2015. Amber Engine’s mission is to provide the most accurate, complete and timely record of product data for the $275 billion home furnishings industry through its easy-to-use, flexible and affordable cloud-based SaaS solutions.
Prior to Amber Engine, Jennifer founded Doodle Home, a digital platform for residential interior designers. Doodle Home was sold to Dering Hall in 2015, and Jennifer now serves on Dering Hall’s Board of Directors. In 2013, Jennifer co-founded dPOP (now Pophouse), a full-service commercial interior design studio located in the heart of Detroit, dedicated to creating inspiring workplaces for culture-driven organizations.
Jennifer is active with a number of nonprofits focused on the arts and finding a cure for NF. She is President of NF Forward and serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. Jennifer also founded the Detroit Art Collection to beautify and inspire public spaces and structures in downtown Detroit with sculptural and mixed media works from local artists, galleries or dealers.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Michigan State University. The Gilberts reside in the Detroit area with their five children.
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rocket Companies, Rock Holdings & Quicken Loans
Jay Farner is Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT), a Detroit-based holding company consisting of tech-driven real estate, mortgage and financial services businesses – including Rocket Mortgage, Rocket Homes and Rocket Auto.
Jay also serves as the CEO of Quicken Loans/Rocket Mortgage. His leadership has played a pivotal role in establishing Rocket Mortgage as the nation’s largest mortgage lender – a designation it has maintained since the fourth quarter of 2017. Prior to his current role as CEO, Jay served as the company’s President and Chief Marketing Officer, leveraging the synergies between marketing, business development and mortgage origination operations. During this time, Quicken Loans launched Rocket Mortgage, the first fully online and on-demand mortgage experience.
He joined Rock Financial – the company that would ultimately become Rocket Mortgage – in 1996 and quickly became one of the company’s top mortgage professionals. In early 1997, Jay was named a Director of Mortgage Banking and played a significant role in training and development for Rock Financial. He was later promoted to Vice President of Web Mortgage Banking and helped establish Quicken Loans as one the largest lenders in the country.
Rocket Mortgage has been ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination” in the United States by J.D. Power for the past 11 years, from 2010 through 2020. the company has also ranked highest in the nation for client satisfaction among mortgage servicers by J.D. Power for seven consecutive years, from 2014 through 2020.
Under Jay’s leadership, Quicken Loans has maintained its rank in the top 30 companies on Fortune magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list – a position it has held for 17 consecutive years.
Along with his work for Rocket Companies, Jay serves as an executive board member for Community Solutions, StockX, Shinola, the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA and the Rocket Giving Fund.
Jay earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and is a member of the 2011 Crain’s Detroit Business 40 under 40 class. He resides in the Detroit area with his wife, Wendi, and their three children.
Chief Diversity Officer, Rock Family of Companies
Trina Govan Scott is Chief Diversity Officer for Rock Ventures, a Detroit-based company serving the 100+ business that make up the Rock Family of Companies. In this role, Trina develops the strategy and infrastructure that fosters a culture of equity and inclusion leveraging the diverse perspectives of our team members. She is passionate about people and creating a work environment that is grounded in collaboration and freedom of self-expression. She also seeks to build positive connections between the Rock Family of Companies and its local communities by helping to attract, engage, and develop top talent.
Trina joined the Rock Family of Companies to lead the Diversity and Inclusion team in early 2017. She spent the previous 10 years with a public accounting firm where she focused on the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts. While there, Trina launched a youth mentorship program centered around college access in 30+ U.S. urban cities, which helped more than 1,000 young people get accepted to college.
A native Detroiter, Trina is devoted to the city’s communities and is committed to providing underserved young people with the resources necessary to flourish both personally and professionally. She currently serves on the following boards: Mortgage Bankers Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Inforum, Oakland University Board of Trustees, Rocket Giving Fund and the Midnight Golf Program.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Oakland University, where she also competed on the women’s basketball team.
Trina resides in metro Detroit with her husband, daughter and niece. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, as well as giving back to the community.
Vice President of Strategic Investments, Rocket Community Fund
Laura Grannemann is the Vice President of Strategic Investments at the Rocket Community Fund, which drives philanthropic strategy for Rock Ventures, Rocket Mortgage, Bedrock and the Rock Family of Companies. She co-founded the organization in May of 2016. Laura has a degree in International Development from Georgetown, and while her education was focused internationally on China and Burma, she has been able to apply much of the same economic and social development methodology to the city of Detroit.
As the Vice President of Strategic Investments, Laura focuses on breaking down complex systems related to economic development, housing stability, and employment, including Detroit’s tax foreclosure crisis, the mortgage market in the city, and creating education programs that prepare students for 21st century jobs in Detroit. Additionally, Laura oversees national investments that create value for the business and community.
Throughout her time at the Quicken Loans Community Fund, Laura has founded and led projects that bring together community, public and private partners such as Rehabbed & Ready, Motor City Mapping, Neighbor to Neighbor and the Make It Home program. This work has affected tens of thousands of Detroit residents – allowing families to stay in their homes, become homeowners, and build equity and opportunity. Laura was named a “Crain’s 20 in their Twenties” honoree in 2018. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Urban Land Institute, Fox News and more.
Chief Security Officer, Rock Family of Companies
Chuck Wilson, Chief Security Officer for the Rock Family of Companies, has more than 24 years of experience in law enforcement and private security.
He oversees security operations across the Rock Family of Companies, ensuring a safe and secure working environment for more than 30,000 team members in Detroit, Cleveland and across the country. He also leads community partnership development with local law enforcement and other stakeholders.
Previously, Wilson was Vice President of Support Services, Greektown Casino & Hotel, where he oversaw operations including Security, Parking, Valet, Transportation as well as Risk, Safety and Environmental Services.
Wilson served a distinguished 20-year career with the Detroit Police Department, retiring as a Commander and Chief of Staff for Chief James E. Craig.
Wilson feels it’s important to be a positive role model and give back to the Detroit community. He volunteers and supports Men Who Dare, Inc., the Detroit Youth Violence Initiative Program as well as many other youth development, senior citizens and crime prevention programs.
Wilson, a self-described ‘sneakerhead,’ was born and raised in Detroit.
Chief Communication Officer, Rock Family of Companies
Aaron Walker is the Chief Communications Officer of Rock Ventures and the Rock Family of Companies. In this role, he oversees the strategic communications of more than 100 companies, including Quicken Loans, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Shinola, among many others.
Prior to Rock Ventures, he was the Senior Vice President of Digital Crisis in global communication firm Edelman’s Washington, DC office. There, he served as a senior counselor providing guidance regarding crises in the digital landscape.
Aaron was Vice President of Media Relations at Dezenhall Resources, Ltd., a nationally recognized high-stakes communications firm, in Washington, DC. In addition to providing counsel on media relations, he directed work in public affairs, digital strategy and media training.
Chief Tax & Finance Officer, Board Member Rocket Companies
Matthew J. Rizik is the Chief Tax Officer at Rock Ventures LLC, the for-more-than profit organization formed to strategically vet and pursue opportunities, align interests and provide key services to Dan Gilbert’s Family of Companies and other investments. Matt has responsibility for Gilbert’s Family of Companies tax method and compliance efforts as well as providing his expertise in the areas of financial planning, philanthropic giving, legal structure and tax compliance. Matt is also a Board Member for Rocket Companies.
Matt came to Rock Ventures after a successful career with PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC). In his 31 years with the firm, he worked with high wealth individuals and established a professional sports and entertainment practice. He developed a specialization in major automotive corporate work and served as the General Motors Global Relationship Partner, the Ford Motor Company Global Tax Partner and the Ford Estates Lead Tax Partner. Prior to PwC, Matt served in various tax positions with Coopers & Lybrand.
He is active in the Detroit community and serves on the boards of Motown Museum Legacy Council, City Year, Gilbert Family Foundation, and NF Forward.
Matt earned both a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University. He is an active business professional in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Matt was born in Flint, and currently resides in Birmingham, Michigan with his three children.
General Counsel, Rock Family of Companies
Jeff is the General Counsel of Rock Ventures LLC and General Counsel of Rock Holdings Inc. Jeff also is chief outside litigation counsel for Dan Gilbert and the FOC through his law firm, Morganroth & Morganroth, PLLC, which he formed in January 1989 with his father, Mayer Morganroth.
Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from The University of Michigan with Distinction, and his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Cum Laude, where he also was a member of Law Review as an Associate Editor for The Tax Lawyer. Jeff has been successfully representing Dan Gilbert and many companies within the FOC as chief outside litigation counsel for the past 15 years. Jeff started the additional role as General Counsel of Rock Ventures in September 2019 and the additional role as General Counsel of Rock Holdings in March 2020. Jeff’s approach to his representation of Dan and the FOC is to fight for what is right, protect their interests and win.
When Jeff is not practicing law, he enjoys golf, tennis, skiing, watching sports, music and traveling with his wife and two daughters.
Senior Vice President, Investments, Rock Family of Companies
Scott leads the investment team at Rock Ventures LLC. Rock Ventures LLC’s investment team is responsible for investments on behalf of its principals and affiliates, including the Gilbert Family Foundation, Rock Holdings Inc. and Rocket Companies, Inc. (NYSE: RKT). Scott has held investment roles with the Rock Family of Companies since 2012.
Scott previously worked for a decade at private equity and mergers and acquisitions firms in New York, including Quadrangle Group, CVC Equity Partners (today Court Square Capital), and Credit Suisse Technology Mergers and Acquisitions.
Scott earned his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and BA from the University of Washington.