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 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.
Jay Farner is our Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of our Board. Prior to that, Jay has been with Rocket Mortgage since 1996, and as a senior leader since 1999. Immediately prior to his promotion to CEO of Rocket Mortgage in 2017, Jay served as President and Chief Marketing Officer of Rocket Mortgage. Jay also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director of RHI, our principal stockholder, since 2017 and certain of its affiliates. Jay serves as a board member of Detroit Labs, LLC, Community Solutions, StockX, Bedrock Manufacturing, Rock Ventures LLC, Bedrock, the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA, Bizdom Fund and Rocket Giving Fund (where he also serves as President). Jay earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University.
With over 25 years of experience with the Company and currently serving as our Chief Executive Officer, Jay has a unique perspective and understanding of our business, culture and history, having provided strong leadership for our Company through many economic cycles, internal and external growth and other key operational and strategic initiatives. His ongoing day-to-day leadership gives him critical insights into our operations, strategy and competition, and allows him to facilitate the Board’s ability to perform its critical oversight function.
Jennifer Gilbert is Director and Board Member of Rocket Companies, which went public on August 6, 2020.
In 2015, Jennifer founded Amber Engine, a home furnishings services and solutions technology company. Amber Engine’s mission is to make product data easy to manage for businesses of all sizes across industries through its “easy to use,” “fast to deploy,” and “accessible to all” cloud platform.
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 also serves as the Founder and Creative Director of Detroit-based POPHOUSE. With more than 20 years of experience in interior design, she brings her expertise in leading 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.
In addition to her business interests, Jennifer is active with a number of nonprofits focused on the arts and finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis (also known as NF). She is President of NF Forward and serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.
Along with her husband, Dan, Jennifer has a true passion for the city of Detroit; an area where she directs a large portion of her philanthropic efforts. Jennifer founded the Detroit Art Collection in November 2015 to beautify and inspire public spaces and structures in downtown Detroit with sculptural and mixed media works from both local and national artists, galleries and dealers. Additionally, she directs the philanthropic efforts of the Gilbert Family Foundation, which in addition to its work on NF, recently announced a $500 million effort to assist the residents of the City of Detroit.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Michigan State University. The Gilberts reside in the Detroit area. They have five children.
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. 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 Director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy’s Boards and is on the boards of the Kresge Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, the Detroit Regional Chamber (Executive Committee), the Wharton Graduate Board of Trustees and the Spelman College Board of Trustees. 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 the 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, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Nielsen, League Apps, and Struum, and is a board member of Cranbrook Art Academy and Museum, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. 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 the 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 Chief Administrative Officer and Chief People Officer for Enjoy Technology, Inc., a private operator of mobile retail stores, since December 2020. He also serves as the Founder and President of TaxDay, LLC, a private software firm, and a senior advisor to Overtime Sports, a digital sports platform since September 2020. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Major League Baseball from 2002 to 2016, and as Interim Head of Regional Sports Networks for The Walt Disney Company in 2019 prior to their sale to Sinclair Broadcasting. He has served as a board member of Tyson Foods, Inc. since May 2019. 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 roles as a chief investment and chief financial officer and as a former CPA, Jonathan contributes to our Board with significant leadership experience in finance, investments, 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 another public company Board, including as Audit Committee chair, also provides critical knowledge on key oversight functions. The Board has determined that he qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules, providing the basis for his critical leadership as Audit Committee Chair.