"Fireside Chat" Lunch Keynote
Founder and Chairman
Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures
Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and majority owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 110 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 25,000 team members. Since 2013, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed $200 billion in home loan volume across all 50 states. Dan began moving his Family of Companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great American city. In January 2010, Dan co-founded Bedrock Real Estate Services, a full-service real estate firm specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing commercial space based in downtown Detroit. Since then, he has invested more than $2.2 billion to purchase and renovate more than 85 commercial properties accounting for more than 14 million square feet in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today more than 15,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit. Dan also founded JACK Entertainment, a developer and owner of unique urban casinos in downtown Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore. In March 2013, Rock Ventures, in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, unveiled and implemented a visionary placemaking and retail plan centered on creating activity and vibrant, distinct destinations to draw people to the region using a multifaceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force. The group, appointed by the Obama Administration, published a detailed plan in May 2014 to remove all blighted structures and lots in the city of Detroit.
Dan is a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup and early-stage technology companies in Detroit. He is also a Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the 6.6-mile light rail M-1 RAIL initiative, which began construction in July 2014. In 2007, Dan founded Bizdom, a nonprofit entrepreneurial accelerator. Dan serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic, the Children’s National Medical Center and the Children’s Tumor Foundation. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.
Moderator: Nori Gerardo Lietz
SENIOR LECTURER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Harvard Business School / Stanford Graduate School of Business
Nori Gerardo Lietz is the founder of Areté Capital, a real estate advisory firm. Until June 2011, Ms. Gerardo Lietz was the chief strategist for private real estate and chairman of the private real estate investment committee of Partners Group, a Swiss based private markets asset manager. Ms. Gerardo Lietz co-founded Pension Consulting Alliance in 1988 and developed its real estate investment management and advisory activities. In that capacity she represented many of the largest real estate investors in the world. Previously, she co-founded Public Storage, Inc., an institutional money management firm deploying pension capital to acquire real estate assets. Furthermore, she was attorney specializing in SEC and ERISA matters on behalf of pension funds, real estate managers and real estate pension consultants. Ms. Gerardo Lietz holds an AB with honors from Stanford University. She also holds a juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law where she was the Chief Comment Editor of the UCLA Law Review. She is a former member of the Pension Real Estate Association Board of Directors and of the Real Estate Research Institute. Presently, she is a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School, and in 2005 was the Commencement Speaker for the MIT Center for Real Estate. The Private Equity Real Estate Magazine named her one the 30 most influential industry leaders in 2006, the second most influential real estate person globally in 2007, and one of the 10 most prominent women in real estate in 2010.
FRED AND ELEANOR GLIMP PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS
Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomics theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has published dozens of papers on cities economic growth, law, and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.