Detroit’s Bedrock Names Six to New Leadership Positions

Detroit’s Bedrock today announced Matt Cullen has been named the company’s new CEO and Mark Dunkeson has been appointed president and COO. The company also appointed four other executives to new leadership positions. The moves will be effective Sept. 1.
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Matt Cullen, Mark Dunkeson
Matt Cullen, left, has been named CEO of Bedrock, and Mark Dunkeson has been named president and COO. // Photos courtesy of Bedrock

Detroit’s Bedrock today announced Matt Cullen has been named the company’s new CEO and Mark Dunkeson has been appointed president and COO. The company also appointed four other executives to new leadership positions. The moves will be effective Sept. 1.

Cullen and Dunkeson have been leading and will continue to lead JACK Entertainment, a casino gaming and horseracing company that owns and operates properties in the Midwest. Cullen will continue to serve as JACK’s chairman of the board and Dunkeson will maintain his seat on the JACK board and be its CEO, in addition to their new roles at Bedrock.

“It is an incredible honor to begin working with the 600-plus passionate team members at Bedrock who, in just eight short years, have played such a significant role in driving Detroit’s new era of optimism and growth,” Cullen says. “With transformational developments currently underway throughout the city, and more big projects on the horizon, Bedrock will continue to be an engine for Detroit’s resurgence, and I am excited about being a part of that.”

Prior to joining JACK Entertainment, Cullen spent nearly 30 years at General Motors Co., 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 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 Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, whose vision is to create more than five miles of contiguous public access and linked parks along the river.

Prior to arriving in Detroit in 2013, Dunkeson spent 20 years in commercial gaming, resort, and hospitality development where he led operations for several multi-property divisions of Red Rock Resorts. As senior vice president of operations for the luxury brand division, he oversaw operations of properties including, Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa, and Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa, and Casino. Prior to that, Dunkeson led and operated seven other gaming properties for Red Rock Resorts, and spent five years as corporate vice president of development, spearheading the company’s expansion initiatives.

With these changes, Bill Emerson, currently Bedrock’s acting CEO, will continue his role as vice chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Holdings.

“Matt is the right leader at the right time for Bedrock,” Emerson says. “His experience and leadership will be crucial as the company moves forward. He has been instrumental in numerous large-scale initiatives not only within the Rock Family of Companies but in a variety of civic roles including his work as the chairman of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and chief executive officer of the QLine. Together, Matt and Mark, with their combined business and hospitality expertise, will allow the company to continue to be a driving force in Detroit.”

In conjunction with the new leadership additions, Jim Ketai has decided to step down from his role as chairman of Bedrock to pursue other opportunities.

Other changes in Bedrock management include:

  • Glen Tomaszewski will become chief financial officer of Bedrock. He had been executive vice president and CFO at JACK.
  • Dan Reinhard will join Bedrock as general counsel. He was serving as senior vice president of government relations for JACK.
  • Alyse Martinelli has been named Bedrock’s chief people officer. Previously, she was JACK’s senior vice president of human resources.
  • Mark Miller will assume the role of Bedrock’s chief strategy officer. Miller had been JACK’s senior vice president of corporate development.

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