Matthew P. Cullen

 

Chair, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Chief Executive Officer, Bedrock

Principal, Rock Ventures, LLC

Chairman, JACK Entertainment, LLC

 MatthewP. Cullenserves as theChief ExecutiveOfficer of Bedrockand leads thecompany’seffortstosparkdevelopment and revitalization in the CityofDetroit,which includesQuickenLoans’ national headquartersmovetothe cityin2010.Bedrockandits affiliates have invested andcommittedmorethan $5.6 billiontoacquiringand developing morethan100 properties, including new constructionof groundup developments in downtownDetroitandCleveland totaling more than18million square feet.Thesedevelopmentshave beena catalystforattracting newbusinesses, workers and residentstothe city. 

Cullen alsois aPrincipalofRockVentures LLC,theDetroit-basedorganization that servesandconnectsentrepreneurandQuickenLoans Founder and Chairmanandmajorityownerofthe 2016 NBAChampionClevelandCavaliersDan Gilbert’s Familyofmorethan100 companies, aswell ashis investments, real estatepurchases,and communityactivities. 

Cullen is alsoChairmanof JACK Entertainment, aDetroit-based urban gaming companywhichownsandoperates gamingand racinoproperties in theMidwest. JACK Entertainment is comprisedofover4,000teammembersandgeneratesmorethan$800million inrevenues. 

Cullen is a29-yearveteranof GeneralMotors (GM),where hewasGeneralManager ofEconomicDevelopmentand Enterprise Services. Inaddition tocoordinating economic developmentinitiativesin thecommunitiesinwhichGM operates, hecreated a shared servicesorganization andhad responsibility for thecorporation’svast450-million-square-footglobal real estate portfolio. 

Cullen was Chief Architect of GM’s$500million acquisition and developmentofthe RenaissanceCenterastheautomaker’s globalheadquarters. Since2003 hehas helped overseethebillion-dollar redevelopmentofthecity’sinternational riverfront as thefounding chairman of the DetroitRiverfrontConservancy, whosevisionis tocreate more thanfivemilesof contiguous public access andlinked parksalongthe river. 

He alsoservesasVolunteerPresident and CEOof the M-1RAIL Streetcar initiative. The6.6mile streetcar,knownas QLINE,connectsthecity’s largestcultural destinations, educationaland entertainmentfacilitiesandemploymentcenters alongWoodward Avenue. Througha public-privatepartnership, M-1RAILserves as acatalyst for investment, economic developmentandurban renewalto positivelyimpactDetroitwhile helping tocreateamodern, regional transit system. 

In addition, Cullen isthe Chairmanof InvestDetroit;ViceChairmanof theDowntownDetroitPartnership;andserveson theDetroit Zoological Society executive committee.Heis alsoaboardmemberoftheDetroitRegionalChamber, Hudson-WebberFoundation, andPenske Corporation, anda trusteeofthe Collegeof Creative Studiesand Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.He has previously chaired the DetroitMetroConvention & VisitorsBureau,TheParade CompanyandtheMetropolitanDetroitYMCA, andretains current executivecommitteemembershipwith all threeorganizations. Formore than10years, Cullen served asthe governor-appointed Chairmanof theMichigan Economic Development Corporationexecutivecommittee.

 

Cullen earned adegreein economicsfromtheUniversityofMichigan andanMBA fromthe UniversityofDetroitMercy. Healsocompletedthe Senior ExecutiveProgramat Harvard University.A nativeDetroiter,he resideswith hiswife and family inthe Detroit area.