Matthew P. Cullen

 

Chair, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Principal and Chairman of the Board, JACK Entertainment 

Matthew P. Cullen is the Chairman of JACK Entertainment, the Cleveland-based gaming company which employees more than 1,400 team members and generates $500 million in annual revenues. 

Previously, Cullen spent more than a decade leading gaming, real estate and other initiatives for Dan Gilbert's Family of Companies. During that time, Cullen helped lead revitalization efforts within Detroit and Cleveland totaling commitments of more than $5 billion, and served most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of Bedrock Detroit.

During Cullen's long career at General Motors (GM) as General Manager of Economic
Development and Enterprise Services, he oversaw the corporation's vast 450 million square-foot
global real estate portfolio and created a shared services organization to consolidate and improve
the delivery of administrative services throughout the company.

Cullen was the chief architect of GM's acquisition and development of the Renaissance Center
as the automaker's global headquarters. While at GM, he sparked the formation of the Detroit
Riverfront Conservancy and helped launch the billion-dollar transformation of the city's
international riverfront from a largely abandoned industrial site to a destination for entertainment
and recreation. Cullen continues to serve as the founding chairman of the Conservancy, whose
vision is to create more than five miles of linked parks and greenways while ensuring perpetual
public access to the beautiful Detroit Riverfront.

Cullen has served as the President and CEO of the M-1 RAIL Streetcar initiative since its
inception in 2017. Known as the QLINE, the system connects the city's largest cultural
destinations, educational and entertainment facilities and employment centers along Woodward
Avenue. The public-private partnership M-1 RAIL has served as a catalyst for investment and
economic development, while creating a foundation for a modern, regional transit system.

Cullen also currently serves as the Chairman of Invest Detroit; Vice Chairman of the Downtown
Detroit Partnership; and is an active member of the Detroit Zoological Society Executive
Committee. He is a board member of the Penske Corporation, Detroit Regional Chamber,
Hudson-Webber Foundation, and Detroit Regional Partnership, and a trustee of the College of
Creative Studies and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. He previously chaired the
Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Parade Company and the Metropolitan Detroit
YMCA, and remains an executive committee member of each.

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.