Leadership Changes Take Place at Bedrock

    For the second time in a year, Bill Emerson has taken over the duties as interim CEO at Bedrock.

    Bill Emerson, Quicken Loans CEO

    This time, he replaces former CEO Matt Cullen, who has left the position to work on two Ohio casino projects. Emerson took over for Cullen last week.

    Mark Dunkeson, president and chief operating officer, is also departing.

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    In a statement, Emerson thanked both men for their contributions.

    “One year ago, we asked Matt Cullen and Mark Dunkeson to step in and assist in managing the direction of Bedrock during a time of great growth and continued excitement for downtown Detroit,” Emerson said in a statement. “I, along with Dan Gilbert, would like to thank Matt and Mark for their dedicated service in their roles and now, as they transition to focus on the Cleveland-based Horseshoe Casino. I anticipate acting in this role while we conduct a search for a long-term replacement.”

    Cullen joined Bedrock as CEO in September, stepping down as CEO of JACK Entertainment LLC. He maintained his position as chairman of the board.

    Dunkeson is JACK Entertainment LLC’s chief executive officer, while also holding his role at Bedrock.

    “I joined Bedrock last year at Dan’s request to provide needed direction and focus for the organization,” Cullen said in a statement, according to the Detroit News. “We agreed it would be a short-term role as I was concurrently negotiating the purchase of a controlling interest in the two JACK casinos in northeast Ohio. The transaction closed earlier this year and I am now the Executive Chairman and lead investor of the $1 billion enterprise, which is no longer part of Dan’s Family of Companies. Running this company with my partner Mark Dunkeson takes enormous time and attention. We are tremendously excited about the future of our gaming company and see the opportunity for significant growth moving forward.”