Matthew P. Cullen
Chair, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
Chief Executive Officer, Bedrock
Principal, Rock Ventures, LLC
Chairman, JACK Entertainment, LLC
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 than18million 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$800million 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 DetroitRiverfrontConservancy, 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-1RAIL Streetcar initiative. The 6.6mile 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-1RAIL 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.