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.
Jennifer also serves as the Founder and Creative Director of Detroit-based POPHOUSE. With more than 20 years of experience in business and interior design, she brings her expertise in leading strategy and creative direction for the commercial design firm that specializes in utilizing data and industry research to provide strategic, unconventional, and human-centric design for clients across a broad spectrum of industries.
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of the Gilbert Family Foundation, which works tirelessly to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF) and build pathways to economic mobility for every Detroit resident. In 2021, the Gilbert Family Foundation and Rocket Community Fund (the philanthropic partner of Rocket Companies) made a joint $500 million commitment to the city of Detroit.
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 in 2015, with the objective of making art accessible, while beautifying public spaces and structures in downtown Detroit. The DAC includes sculptural and mixed media works from both local and national artists and galleries.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Michigan State University, Jennifer resides with her husband, Dan, in the Detroit area. They have 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, Rocket Community Fund and Interim Executive Director, Gilbert Family Foundation
Laura Grannemann is the Vice President of Rocket Community Fund and interim Executive Director of the Gilbert Family Foundation. Laura joined the Rock Family of Companies in May of 2014 after graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in International Development. 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.
In her dual roles, Laura focuses on breaking down complex systems related to economic development and neighborhood stabilization, 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. She also oversees all volunteer engagement and giving initiatives for the Rock Family of Companies via the Rocket Community Fund.
Throughout her time with the Rock Family of Companies, Laura has led projects that bring together community, public and private partners such as Rehabbed & Ready, Motor City Mapping, Neighbor to Neighbor, the Make It Home program, and the Detroit Tax Relief Fund. This work has affected tens of thousands of Detroit residents, allowing families to stay in their homes, become homeowners, and build equity and opportunity. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Urban Land Institute, Fox News, and more.
Laura is excited to creatively and collaboratively address more of Detroit’s challenges in the future, and she is grateful for the many opportunities that the Rock Family of Companies has provided for her to do so.
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 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.
Chief Investment Officer
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.