Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures
Chairman, 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers
Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s 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 Chairman of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 30,000 team members.
Between 2013 and 2017, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed more than $400 billion in home loan volume across all 50 states, and in 2017, for the eighth consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders. Quicken Loans has been named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 14 consecutive years.
Dan is also a shareholder in several sports-related consumer and technology businesses, including a leading wall graphics company (Fathead), electronic ticketing company (Flash Seats) and innovative sports equipment helmet maker (Xenith). In February 2016, Dan co-founded Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first ‘stock market of things.’ StockX develops, markets and operates an online and app-based live marketplace for the sale and distribution of high-demand consumer products, including sneakers, watches and handbags.
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 Detroit, a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential space. Since then, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested more than $5.6 billion in acquiring and developing more than 100 commercial properties accounting for more than 16 million square feet in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today more than 17,000 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 2013, the company also acquired Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel, which will be renamed JACK Detroit Casino-Hotel in 2018.
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.
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, which invests in growing businesses in the financial services, Internet technology, consumer-direct marketing and the sports and entertainment industries across the United States.
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. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the M-1 RAIL initiative. The 6.6-mile modern streetcar system, known as QLINE, is designed to spur economic development and improve downtown and midtown Detroit’s transportation infrastructure.
Dan serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic and the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure for the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.
Koby Altman was named the 11th general manager in Cleveland Cavaliers history on July 24, 2017. As the GM, he manages and oversees all aspects of scouting, personnel, player acquisitions and transactions, and all team operations. He also oversees the Cavaliers’ exclusive NBA G League affiliate, the Canton Charge. With community involvement being integral to Altman’s focus with the team, he also guides the team’s player appearance committee in partnership with the business side of the Cavs organization.
In his first year as General Manager in 2017-18, the Cavaliers captured the Central Division crown with a 50-32 (.610) record and won the Eastern Conference Finals, advancing the team to their fourth straight NBA Finals. Altman has remained busy this past summer, selecting Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and signing five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love to a new multi-year contract extension.
Prior to being named GM, Altman had been a part of the Cavaliers’ basketball staff for five years, including being promoted to assistant general manager in September 2016. As a member of Cleveland’s front office, Altman has been an integral part of a team that has reached four straight NBA Finals (2015-2018) and won an NBA Championship in 2016.
Altman originally joined the Cavaliers as pro personnel manager in August 2012 and was promoted to director of pro player personnel in September 2013. In that role, Altman was tasked with talent evaluation of athletes across all levels of basketball, both domestically and abroad. In addition, Altman coordinated the Cavs’ domestic professional scouting efforts and assisted in all aspects the teams basketball operations.
The 36-year-old has extensive experience with the USA Basketball program. In the summer of 2010, he served as the Team Manager for USA Basketball’s Under-17 team at the inaugural FIBA Under-17 World Championship in Hamburg, Germany. That 17-and-under squad won the first gold medal to ever be awarded for that age group and featured three players selected among the top 10 in the 2012 NBA Draft. In 2009, he assisted Team USA’s 19-and-under team in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand. That squad also won the gold, its first in that age group since 1991.
Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Altman served as an assistant coach at The Ivy League’s Columbia University for two seasons, where he also led Columbia’s developmental basketball program. He spent the 2009-10 season at Southern Illinois as a graduate assistant after earning his master’s degree in sport management at the University of Massachusetts. While earning his degree at UMASS, he coached at nearby Amherst College for two seasons and helped guide the team to a 48-11 record.
Altman, a Brooklyn, New York native, played collegiately at Middlebury College, where he was a three-year starter at point guard. Altman is on the National Board of Directors for the Posse Foundation, which identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership potential, providing full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner colleges and universities.
Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters, Canton Charge,
Cavs Legion GC & Quicken Loans Arena
Len Komoroski is Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena, which includes the Cleveland Monsters (AHL), Cleveland Gladiators (AFL), Canton Charge (NBAGL) and Cavs Legion Gaming Club (NBA2K). In addition, he plays a leadership role for business operations and business-related endeavors for Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert’s family of sports and entertainment interests in Ohio. He is also a principal in JACK Entertainment, which operates JACK Casino Cleveland and JACK Thistledown Racino. In addition, Komoroski played a significant leadership role in Cleveland securing the 2016 Republican National Convention.
With more than 30 years of experience in pro sports and entertainment, Komoroski’s leadership has helped set a solid business foundation from which the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters, Canton Charge, Cavs Legion GC and Quicken Loans Arena have flourished into one of the most successfully operated sports and entertainment teams in the country.
Komoroski joined the Cavaliers in 2003 as President. In his first year, he restructured and transformed how the Cavaliers approached the business community; assembled a team of top sports marketing pros; transformed the Cavs communications efforts; and oversaw the development of one of the most dynamic game experiences in the NBA. Other accomplishments at the helm of the Cavaliers business operations include playing pivotal roles in developing one of the top cable television relationships in the NBA with Fox Sports Ohio, as well as securing the entitlement of the Cavaliers new state-of-the-art player development center - Cleveland Clinic Courts. He was also a key player in the acquisition of the Monsters (AHL), Charge (NBDL) and Cavs Legion (NBA2K). Most recently, Komoroski played a leadership role in the public/private partnership agreement formed between the Cavs, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland for The Q Transformation, a major renovaton project to transform the nearly 25-year-old arena. As part of the agreement, the Cavs extended their lease with their landlord, Gateway Economic Development Corporation, for seven additional years at The Q until 2034.
The Cavaliers franchise is consistently recognized within the pro sports team industry (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS) as a business model for “best practices.” The Cavs were proud to be selected by Sports Business Journal (SBJ) as one of five finalists for 2016 “Sports Team of the Year” as part of SBJ’s 10th annual Sports Business Awards. The Cavs have been a finalist for this award three times over the past decade, which is tied for the most by any team. The Cavs strong business model is consistently recognized at the annual NBA Sales and Marketing meetings, where the team has brought home the most awards in the league over the last three years.
As one of the seven Principles of JACK Entertainment, Komoroski played an instrumental role in bringing first-class, full-service casino gaming to downtown Cleveland and Cincinnati along with thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of positive economic impact for local and statewide communities.
Very active as a community and civic leader, he serves on the board of directors of AXS/Veritix, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Destination Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland chapter of the United Way. He is also a trustee for Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital and Cleveland State University. Komoroski was named Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland’s (SME) 2013 Business Executive of the Year, and in 2014 received the PRSA John Hill Award for his outstanding understanding and support of communications by an organization's president or chief executive officer.
Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Komoroski was the Senior Vice President and Chief of Business Operations with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles (1996-2003). There, he played a pivotal role in the Eagles’ growth and business success, which included bringing the Eagles Television Network in-house and helping to develop the Eagles training facility and then broker the record-setting, multi-million dollar naming rights deal for the NovaCare Complex. He also helped lead the development of Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles state-of-the-art stadium and secured a 20-year, $140 million naming rights agreement with Lincoln Financial Group which, at the time, was one of the largest such agreements in pro sports history.
Prior to the Eagles, Komoroski was the Senior Vice President and COO of the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Cleveland Lumberjacks (1994-96). The team was one of three profitable IHL teams in 1996. His first stint in the NBA was with Minnesota Timberwolves as Vice President of Sales (1988-1994), there he played a major role in the start-up of the team and its arena, the Target Center.
Komoroski is a 1982 cum laude graduate of Duquesne University. He and his wife Denise have three daughters – Kristin, Kelly, Jamie and a son, Zachary.
President of Business Operations
Nic Barlage was named President of Business Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers in September 2017.
Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Barlage was the Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for the Phoenix Suns, where he oversaw the team’s premium and ticket sales, and marketing efforts. He began serving his stint with the Suns during the 2013-14 season.
Barlage was part of the Cavaliers organization for five seasons where he was most recently Vice President of Sales and Service before departing for Phoenix in 2014. Prior to his tenure in Cleveland, Barlage spent one season with the Suns and two seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats specializing in suite and premium seating.
Active as a community and civic leader, Barlage serves on the board of the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, as well as the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
Barlage graduated from Saint John’s University (Minn.) in May of 2006, where he majored in Psychology. He and his wife, Traci, have two daughters, Brooklyn and Kennedy.