Our Board Of Directors
Dan Gilbert is the Chairman of our Board. Dan is the founder of Rocket Mortgage, where he has been the Chairman of the board of directors since 1985. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Mortgage from 1985 to 2002. Dan is the majority owner of RHI, and the Chairman of its board of directors, a position he has held since 2002; Dan was appointed as CEO and President of RHI in March 2023, and Dan also serves in officer or director roles for certain RHI affiliates. Dan is also the majority owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and the operator of the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. Furthermore, he is the Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC and majority shareholder and founder of the real estate investment firm Bedrock, which has invested and committed billions 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 in Detroit’s downtown urban core. 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 serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic and the Children’s Tumor Foundation. In 2015, Dan and Jennifer Gilbert established the Gilbert Family Foundation and in 2017, formed NF Forward to fund cutting-edge research dedicated to finding a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF). Dan earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.
As our founder and Chairman and a national leader in the mortgage industry, Dan has provided us with critical leadership during our entire 35-year history, including his service as Chief Executive Officer from 1985 until 2002. In that role, he pioneered the digitization of mortgages in America, revolutionized the mortgage industry, and created our ISMs as the guiding principles and philosophy for our team members, which continue to define our corporate culture as well as fundamental corporate strategies and innovation. Our Board also benefits from his in-depth industry knowledge and significant relationships with key business partners and national business leaders.
Bill Emerson is President and Chief Operating Officer of Rocket Companies. Since August 2020, he has also served as Vice Chairman of Bedrock. In this role, he is responsible for leadership, growth and development of culture. From 2002 to 2017, Bill was Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Mortgage, the Company’s flagship business, a position he held for 15 years. Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of Xenith, Inc., a football helmet company dedicated to advancing safety through innovation and education; the United Way of Southeast Michigan; Detroit Economic Club; Detroit Sports Organizing Committee; Housing Policy Council; Mortgage Bankers Association; National Football Foundation; Rocket Giving Fund; The Parade Company; the Detroit Children’s Fund and the Skillman Foundation. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Penn State University.
Bill’s extensive leadership roles in our key businesses for many years gives him a unique understanding of our business, culture and history through many economic cycles, which is particularly critical given recent executive transitions and the current macroeconomic challenges. His senior leadership experience also will provide our Board with valuable perspective in significant areas of oversight such as long-term strategy, budgeting, risk management, human capital management and succession planning.
Jennifer Gilbert is a member of our Board. Jennifer is the wife of Dan Gilbert. Jennifer has been a director of RHI since 2019 and currently serves as a board member of Rock Ventures LLC and the Gilbert Family Foundation. With more than 20 years of experience in interior design, Jennifer Gilbert has evolved her expertise to serve as the Founder and Creative Director of Detroit-based POPHOUSE, a commercial design firm specializing in utilizing data and industry research to provide cutting-edge workplaces for clients across a broad spectrum of industries since 2013. Jennifer also founded Amber Engine in 2015, a Detroit-based home furnishings services and solutions technology company. 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. Amber Engine was sold to Material Bank in March 2022. Prior to Amber Engine, Jennifer founded Doodle Home, a digital platform for residential interior designers. Doodle Home was sold to Dering Hall in 2015. Jennifer is active with a number of non-profits focused on the arts, Jewish causes and finding a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF). She is President of NF Forward, Chair of the Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors and serves on the board of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Jennifer founded the Detroit Art Collection to beautify and inspire public spaces and structures in downtown Detroit with sculptural and mixed media works from local, as well as national artists, galleries and dealers. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at Michigan State University.
As a founder of companies focused on delivering a strong client experience surrounding data, research and technology-driven solutions, Jennifer contributes to our Board her significant business and leadership experience in the areas of innovation and technology, entrepreneurship and strategic thinking and client experience. Further, her commitment to notable non-profit businesses serving key community needs provides her insight to the key drivers and importance of culture, sustainability and human capital.
Varun Krishna is the Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Companies and Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Mortgage.
In his role as CEO of Rocket Companies, Varun oversees strategy for the business and how its brands and products work together as an ecosystem. Additionally, as CEO of Rocket Mortgage, he is responsible for the vision and day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest and most innovative retail mortgage company.
Varun is passionate about building tools that help consumers make their financial lives easier. He joins Rocket with more than 20 years of experience in product development, technology and leadership.
Prior to being named CEO of Rocket Companies, Varun was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Intuit’s Consumer Group where he led the company’s suite of consumer and financial products and services, including TurboTax, in the U.S. and Canada. Before his time at Intuit, Varun held executive positions at PayPal, Groupon and BetterWorks after spending his early career at Microsoft overseeing a variety of product lines and features.
Varun earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He and his family reside in metro Detroit.
Matthew Rizik is a member of our Board. Matthew is also a director of RHI. Matthew joined RHI in 2012 as the Chief Tax Officer and is currently Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Tax Officer. In February 2023, Matthew was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Rock Ventures. Prior to joining RHI, Matthew was a tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Detroit, where he had over 31 years of experience serving Fortune 500 public companies. Matthew currently serves as a board member of Rock Ventures LLC, Bedrock, Rocket Mortgage, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Motown Museum Legacy Council, City Year, Gilbert Family Foundation, Rocket Giving Fund and NF Forward. Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University.
Matthew is qualified to serve as a member of our Board due to his significant senior leadership experience in the areas of accounting and tax. As Chief Financial Officer of RHI with prior experience serving prominent companies in the banking and mortgage industries, his significant knowledge and experience brings important perspective on our business strategy, operating structure, operations and general industry conditions.
Suzanne Shank is a member of our Board. Suzanne is the President, CEO and co-founder of Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC, a full-service investment banking firm offering debt and equity origination services to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and debt underwriting for municipal clients nationally. She has held this role since 2019. Previously, Suzanne was Chairperson and CEO of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C., a firm which she co-founded in 1996. Suzanne currently serves as a board member of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy’s Boards and White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd.’s Board, and is on the boards of the Kresge Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the Detroit Regional Chamber (Executive Committee), Global Citizen, the Wharton Graduate Board of Trustees, Partnership for New York City, and the Spelman College Board of Trustees. She formerly served on the board of American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Inc., the board of SIFMA, the SEC’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s CEO Council of Infrastructure. Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Suzanne’s senior leadership experience in the financial services industry is of particular importance to our Board given the Company’s new public company status. Further, her experience as a current and former director of other public companies, including as a member of our Audit and Finance Committees, provides the Board with an important perspective on many fundamental areas of oversight, including governance, finance, accounting, stockholder engagement and risk management. The Board has determined that she qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC rules.
Nancy Tellem is a member of our Board. Nancy is the Executive Chairperson of Eko, a media network that reimagines storytelling by using proprietary technology to create interactive stories that respond and leverage the interactive nature of today’s media devices. Nancy has held this role since 2014. Nancy holds board and advisory positions at numerous digital and media-related companies, including Eko, League Apps, Basblue, All City Network, and Sipur Studios and is a board member of Cranbrook Art Academy and Museum, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Nancy is also a director of TKO Group Holdings, Inc., and previously served as a director of Gores Guggenheim, Inc., UTA Acquisition Corporation, Nielson Holdings, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Struum. Nancy has previously held executive positions at several leading entertainment companies, including Xbox Entertainment Studios, CBS, and Warner Brothers. Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.
Having served in numerous executive leadership roles at prominent digital, entertainment and media-related companies, Nancy contributes to the Board her significant experience in business strategy, game-changing innovation and technology, insights on culture and branding, as well as accounting and finance expertise. Nancy also has public company Board experience, including on our Compensation Committee, from which she contributes significant knowledge on key oversight functions. The Board has determined that she qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC rules.
Jonathan Mariner is a member of our Board. Jonathan has served as the Founder and President of TaxDay, LLC, a mobile residency tax tracking application, since April 2016. Jonathan previously served in various roles for Legacy EJY, Inc. (formerly known as Enjoy Technology, Inc.), an operator of mobile retail stores that went public in 2021, including as a member of the board of directors (from December 2020 to September 2022), Chief Administrative Officer (from December 2020 to September 2022, and Chief People Officer (from February 2021 to January 2022). On June 30, 2022, Enjoy filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the United States Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. He also served in executive leadership roles at Major League Baseball, including as Chief Investment Officer from
January 2015 to May 2016 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2002 to December 2014, and as Interim Head of Regional Sports Networks for The Walt Disney Company in 2019 prior to their sale to Sinclair Broadcasting. Prior to his position at Major League Baseball, he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Florida Marlins Baseball Club, Florida Panthers Hockey Club and Dolphins Stadium. He has served as a board member of Tyson Foods, Inc. since May 2019, and various other private companies and organizations, including McGraw-Hill Education since 2016 and IEX Group, Inc. since 2016. He previously served as a board member of Ultimate Software Group Inc. and FM Global Insurance, Inc. Jonathan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. He was previously a certified public accountant.
Through his numerous executive roles and as a former CPA, Jonathan contributes to our Board with significant leadership experience in finance, investments, human capital, compliance, accounting and strategy. Further, through his experience at Enjoy Technology and as founder of a software company, he also has experience in technology, client development and user experience, and industry disruptive innovation. Jonathan’s ongoing service as a director of other public company Boards also provides critical knowledge on key oversight functions. Our Board has determined that he qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC rules, providing the basis for his critical leadership our Audit Committee Chair.
Alex Rampell is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he focuses on financial services. In addition to his position on the Rocket Companies board, Rampell also serves on the boards of several Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies, including Branch, Brightside, Descript, Divvy, Earnin, FlyHomes, Loft, Mercury, Point, Propel, Sentilink, Super Evil Mega Corp, Wise Ltd and Very Good Security.
Alex additionally led Andreessen Horowitz’s investments in OpenDoor ($OPEN), Plaid, Quantopian (acquired by Robinhood), and Rival (acquired by LiveNation).
Prior to joining the firm, Alex co-founded multiple companies including Affirm ($AFRM), which he co-founded with Max Levchin, FraudEliminator (acquired by McAfee in 2006), Point, TrialPay (acquired by Visa in 2015), TXN (acquired by Envestnest in 2019), and Yub (acquired by Coupons.com in 2013).
He holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvard University.