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Our Leadership

Jay Farner
Jay Farner
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bob Walters
Bob Walters
President and Chief Operating Officer
Brian Brown
Brian Brown
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Tina V. John
Tina V. John
General Counsel & Secretary
KimArie Yowell
KimArie Yowell
Chief Diversity Officer
Jay Farner

Jay Farner

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Jay Farner is Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board for Rocket Companies. Jay has been with Rocket Mortgage – a part of Rocket Companies and the nation’s largest mortgage lender – since 1996. Jay is also the CEO for Rocket Central – the centralized hub for the Rocket Companies fintech platform.

With more than 25 years of experience at Rocket, Jay has a unique perspective and understanding of the tech-driven business model, culture, history and strategic vision. Throughout his tenure, Jay has provided strong leadership for the company through many economic cycles, continued channel diversification and an IPO in 2020. His responsibility as the visionary for Rocket Companies’ growth, coupled with his industry expertise, gives him critical insight into trends and strategy to fuel future success. Jay drives the vision for the Rocket Companies ecosystem, ensuring is a consistent, seamless experience for clients across the Rocket platform.

Jay serves as a board member of Detroit Labs LLC, Community Solutions, StockX, Bedrock Manufacturing, Rock Ventures LLC, Bedrock Detroit, the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA, Bizdom Fund and Rocket Giving Fund (where he serves as President).

Jay earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University.

Bob Walters

Bob Walters

President and Chief Operating Officer

Bob Walters is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Rocket Companies and is the Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Mortgage. He oversees the day-to-day operations of both businesses, focusing on strategic planning and leveraging synergies among various teams. Previously, Bob served as, President, Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Rocket Mortgage overseeing the Capital Markets and Servicing operations.

In his time at the company, Bob has been instrumental in leading the teams that manage interest rate risk management, trading and product development. He joined Rock Financial in 1997 after holding positions at both the National Bank of Detroit and DMR Financial Services.

Bob earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree in finance from Oakland University.

Brian Brown

Brian Brown

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Brian Brown is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Rocket Companies. He is responsible for the accounting, finance, treasury, tax, investor relations and procurement functions while also overseeing the internal audit work.

Having been with the company since 2014, Brian most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer of Rocket Companies. He has also been a crucial member of Rocket Companies’ investor relations efforts since its IPO in August 2020, regularly meeting with investors and helping to set strategy for the company. Prior to joining Rocket, Brian served eight years with EY where he consulted with publicly traded financial services companies.

Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wayne State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Michigan.

He resides in metro Detroit with his wife and daughter. When Brian is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking and watching Premier League soccer.

Tina V. John

Tina V. John

General Counsel & Secretary

Tina V. John is General Counsel and Secretary of Rocket Companies. In this role, she advises on securities and corporate governance matters. Tina also provides guidance to the organization’s Board of Directors.

With nearly 15 years of experience, Tina has spent her career counseling public companies in matters related to compliance with securities laws, including reporting requirements of the SEC and NYSE, through both private practice and in-house settings. She has experience leading debt and equity offerings, transforming corporate governance structures and advising on activist shareholder matters and securities litigation.

She was awarded the Henry A. Morrill Constitutional Law Prize “Book Award” and participated in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2017 Fellows program. Tina is a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Michigan, New York State Bar, Ohio State Bar and Society for Corporate Governance Professionals. She was also part of the GC Powerlist US Team in 2015.

Tina earned her bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a J.D. degree from The University of Cincinnati College of Law.

KimArie Yowell

KimArie Yowell

Chief Diversity Officer

KimArie Yowell is Chief Diversity Officer of Rocket Companies and Chief Learning Officer of Rocket Central – the centralized hub for the Rocket Companies FinTech platform.

In these roles, she is responsible for team member development programs along with the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies for the businesses that are part of Rocket Companies. This includes the learning and development initiatives, post-secondary education programs, career development, diversity and inclusion programming and organizational effectiveness.

KimArie has more than 25 years of experience in client service, sales and corporate education. She has an intense passion for team member growth and helping organizations thrive. She also firmly believes that one’s ability to create a dynamic and high performing team rests on their ability to be inclusive.

Rocket was in the top 10 on Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity in 2022. The company has also ranked #1 on Essence magazine’s 10 Best Workplaces for African Americans and has been included on Fortune magazine’s list of Best Workplaces for Diversity since the list’s inception in 2015.

KimArie has received several awards and accolades, including being named one of Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence (2020), Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Corporate America” (2019) and “40 Under 40” by the Michigan Chronicle for her exceptional achievements and community service (2018). In addition to her roles at Rocket Companies, she serves on Siena Heights University’s Board of Trustees.

KimArie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wayne State University. She also earned a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training, a Master of Business Administration, Master of Management and Administrative Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. Most recently, she completed her Doctorate in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.