Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his investments and real estate, and Quicken Loans Inc., the nation's largest online home lender and third largest retail lender. Dan is also majority owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and operator of the Quicken Loans Arena ("The Q") in Cleveland, Ohio.
Detroit-based Quicken Loans employs more than 10,000 team members nationally and earned the highest ratings for customer satisfaction among all U.S. home loan lenders in a study by J.D. Power in 2013, for the fourth consecutive year.
Rock Ventures and its affiliated companies across the country employ more than 21,000 team members in more than 110 companies.
Dan moved his family of companies and 3,800 team members from suburban Detroit to the city's central business district in 2010 to lead the revitalization of a great American city. Thousands of additional jobs were created. Today, more than 11,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit.
Rock Ventures has invested more than $1.3 billion to purchase and renovate 40-plus properties in downtown Detroit totaling nearly 8 million square feet.
Among Dan's non-profit endeavors is Bizdom, an entrepreneurial accelerator that trains, mentors and finances start-up businesses in Detroit and Cleveland. Bizdom's mission is to create successful businesses, jobs and growth in large urban centers.
Dan is a founding partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC. The partnership invests in growing businesses in the financial services, Internet technology, consumer-direct marketing, and the sports and entertainment industries.
Dan is also a Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds start-up and early-stage technology companies in Detroit.
In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of a Blight Revitalization Task Force, a group created by the Obama Administration to remove abandoned structures in Detroit.
In addition to the Children's Tumor Foundation, Dan serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic and the Washington D.C.-based Children's National Medical Center (CNMC).
He also serves as Vice Chairman of the non-profit M-1 RAIL initiative, improving downtown and midtown Detroit's transportation infrastructure with a 6.6 mile light rail system designed to spur economic development.
Dan earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.
Dan and his wife Jennifer live in Michigan with their five children. Their oldest son was born with NF1. Dan and Jennifer have established two Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Clinics – Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C. and Dana Children's Hospital/Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center in Israel – to advance research and treatment of neurofibromatosis.