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Founder and Chairman, Quicken Loans and the Rock Family of Companies
Chairman, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT), which went public on August 6, 2020. He is also Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, Founder and Chairman of the Rock Family of Companies, a portfolio of technology businesses and real estate investments, and Chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship. The Rock Family of Companies and its more than 100 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 30,000 team members, including more than 17,000 in Detroit’s urban core.
In 2020, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed $320 billion dollars in home loan volume across all 50 states and, for the 11th consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders.
Dan is also an active investor in fintech, sports-related and consumer direct companies. Dan is a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup and early-stage technology companies and a Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity.
In February 2016, Dan co-founded Detroit-based StockX, the world’s first ‘stock market of things’, combining the visible, liquid, anonymous, and transparent benefits of a stock market with the online consumer secondary market.
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 2011, Dan co-founded Detroit-based Bedrock, a full-service real estate firm specializing in acquiring, leasing, financing, and managing commercial and residential space. Since its founding, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested and committed more than $5.6 billion to acquiring and developing more than 100 properties, including new construction of ground up developments in downtown Detroit and Cleveland, totaling more than 18 million square feet.
President of Basketball Operations
On January 12th, Koby Altman was named the President of Basketball Operations after reaching an agreement on a new long-term contract extension.
Altman was previously named the 11th general manager in Cleveland Cavaliers history on July 24, 2017. As the GM, he managed and oversaw all aspects of scouting, personnel, player acquisitions and transactions, and all team operations. He also oversaw the Cavaliers’ exclusive NBA G League affiliate, the Cleveland 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 Altman’s first year as general manager in 2017-18, the Cavaliers reached their fifth NBA Finals and Eastern Conference championship with a 50-32 (.610) record. Altman remained busy after Cleveland’s NBA Finals run, choosing eventual 2019 All-Rookie Team member and 2020 NBA Rising Star selection Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and signing five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love to a multi-year contract extension.
Prior to the 2019-20 season, Altman acquired three first-round draft picks, including Darius Garland, who would become the only NBA rookie to tally at least 700 points, 225 assists and 100 three-pointers that season. Additionally, Altman appointed J.B. Bickerstaff as head coach of the Cavaliers in February 2020. Under Bickerstaff, the Cavs posted a 5-6 (.455) record, which included consecutive season series sweeps over the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. The Cavs also recorded three wins against above .500 teams (Miami, Philadelphia and Denver) while averaging 111.4 points and 26.4 assists (eighth-best in NBA) and holding the fifth-highest field goal percentage in the NBA after the 2020 All-Star break (.480).
Altman continued to add pieces to compliment the team’s mix of young players and established veterans by choosing arguably the best defender in the 2020 NBA Draft in Isaac Okoro, who went on to earn NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors in 2020-21 while becoming just the third rookie in Cavaliers history to record 500 points, 50 threes, 50 steals and 20 blocks in a single season (LeBron James, Kyrie Irving). Despite losing key players to injuries in 2020-21, Cleveland opened the season with a 7-4 record and had three separate win streaks of three games or more. Sexton finished as a Top 20 scorer in the league at over 24 points per game, while Garland increased his numbers across the board and received three votes for the league’s Most Improved Player award this past season.
Most recently, the Cavaliers selected 2020-21 Pac-12 Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in USC’s Evan Mobley, who was just the second player from a major conference to win all three awards in a single season (Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, 2011-12). Cleveland will head into the upcoming season with the addition of 2018 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection Lauri Markkanen and veteran NBA guard Ricky Rubio. Altman also re-signed Jarrett Allen, who ranked in the Top 10 in field goal percentage and blocks last season and returns to the team after averaging career highs in points, rebounds and assists.
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 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 38-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 and recently named to the college’s Board of Trustees. Altman is also 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. In August 2020, Altman along with Bickerstaff and head coaches and front office executives from Cleveland’s three major professional sports teams - the Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians- formed the Cleveland Sports Alliance to develop a sustainable and direct strategy to address social injustice facing the city of Cleveland and all Northeast Ohio communities. The alliance also focuses on improving the relationship between law enforcement and its citizens, encouraging nonpartisan voting activities and increasing the opportunities for quality education for everyone.
CEO, Rock Entertainment Group
Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Charge, Cavs Legion Gaming Club, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Legion Lair Lit by TCP & Cleveland Clinic Courts
Nic Barlage is Chief Executive Officer of Rock Entertainment Group, the umbrella entity of the teams and venues that are part of Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert’s Rock Family of Companies. It includes the NBA Cavaliers, the AHL Cleveland Monsters, the NBA G League Cleveland Charge and Cavs Legion of the NBA 2K League; and the operation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Legion Lair Lit by TCP home of Cavs Legion in Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic Courts - the Cavaliers’ training and development center in Independence, Ohio.
Barlage joined the Cavaliers in 2017 as President. In this role, he oversees over 500 full-time team members throughout the business operation of the Cavaliers, who have the second largest workforce in the NBA behind the New York Knicks. Most recently, Barlage played a core leadership role in the day-today planning, design and construction of the newly-transformed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, which opened before the start of the Cavaliers 2019-20 season.
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.
Barlage’s influence extends across the entire Cleveland community, holding positions on the advisory boards of the Cleveland Sports Commission, American Red Cross, Cleveland Clinic Pediatrics Leadership Council and the local Boys & Girls Club.
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.
Senior Advisor, Rock Entertainment Group
Len Komoroski is a Senior Advisor of Rock Entertainment Group, the umbrella entity of the teams and venues that are part of Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert’s Rock Family of Companies. It includes the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, the AHL Cleveland Monsters, the NBA G League Charge and Cavs Legion of the NBA 2K League; and the operation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Legion Lair Lit by TCP home of Cavs Legion in Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic Courts - the Cavaliers’ training and development center in Independence, Ohio. In addition, he plays a leadership role for business operations and business-related endeavors for Gilbert’s development interests in downtown Cleveland and throughout the region.
With more than 30 years of experience in pro sports and entertainment, Komoroski’s leadership has helped set a solid business foundation from which Rock Entertainment Group has flourished into one of the most successfully operated sports and entertainment entities in the country. The Cavaliers were crowned NBA Champions and the Monsters AHL Champions in 2016.
Komoroski joined the Cavaliers in 2003 as President. He came to a franchise that, at the time, ranked near the bottom of the league in multiple core industry benchmarks. Komoroski seized the opportunity and immediately made a deep impact, restructuring and transforming key operational aspects of the Cavs business. He assembled a team of top sports marketing pros; revamped the Cavs communications efforts; and oversaw the development of one of the most dynamic game and fan experiences in the NBA, ultimately helping to establish industry-record increases in attendance, broadcast ratings, revenue and more. Since then, the Cavaliers have been named a finalist for the prestigious Sports Business Journal (SBJ) “Sports Team of the Year” award three times over the past decade, one of the highest occurrences of any team across major league sports during that timeframe.
Komoroski’s latest achievement literally transformed the venue that the Cavaliers and Monsters call home, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Together with key civic and community officials, Komoroski played a core leadership role in the public/private partnership agreement formed between the Cavs, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland for the $185 million Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Transformation, a major renovation project to transform the nearly 26-year-old venue. As part of the agreement, the Cavs extended their lease with their landlord, Gateway Economic Development Corporation, for seven additional years at the venue until 2034. The all-new Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse re-opened in late September 2019 for a full slate of games, concerts and events.
Komoroski was instrumental in establishing Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse as a top concert and event venue, helping to take a building that was once considered by concert promoters as a secondary option for Cleveland tour stops, to now consistently being ranked as one of the most active facilities in the world and a catalyst for significant economic impact for downtown Cleveland and the entire region. Home to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) collegiate basketball tournaments, as well as numerous other NCAA tournaments, the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and more, the FieldHouse continues to be a popular destination for major tours and events. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse was a finalist for Sports Business Journal “Facility of the Year” in 2020.
Other accomplishments at the helm of the Cavaliers business operations to date include helping to develop one of the top cable television relationships in the NBA with Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), as well as securing the entitlement of the Cavaliers new state-of-the-art player development center – Cleveland Clinic Courts in nearby Independence, OH. In addition, he also was a key player in the acquisition of the Monsters (AHL), Charge (NBAGL) and Cavs Legion (NBA2K). Most recently, Komoroski has navigated the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic and positioned the business to emerge even stronger and more sustainable.
Komoroski influence and leadership also extends outside the Cavaliers organization and into Chairman Dan Gilbert’s Family of Companies and development interests in Northeast Ohio. 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. Since Gilbert acquired the Cavaliers franchise, the Rock Family of Companies has continued to invest in key civic initiatives with the re-purposing of the Avenue Shops at Tower City, renovation of Ritz Carlton and the historic May Co. Building, restoration of the Higbee building, on-going expansion of Rocket Mortgage, and several other real estate acquisitions.
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, having a hand in multiple monumental milestones for the historic franchise and placing the team amongst the top revenue generating franchises in the league during his tenure.
Komoroski helped to develop the Eagles Training Facility and broker the record-setting, multi-million-dollar naming rights deal to call it the NovaCare Complex, which remains an industry leading naming rights deals for a practice facility. Komoroski also assisted in 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. The new venue became the gold standard across the industry and helped the Eagles become the first major professional team to achieve a billion dollars in contractually obligated income (COI). In addition, he led an effort to bring the Eagles Television Network in-house, an unprecedented move in the NFL at the time; pioneered the modern day NFL Training Camp experience at Lehigh University, averaging 10,000 fans a day; helped develop and groom a collection of promising employees that went on to become high ranking executives across sports and beyond; took the game experience to new levels with the creation of the mascot “Swoop” and the resurrection of the “Fly, Eagles Fly” victory fight song; and much more.
Prior to the Eagles, Komoroski was the Senior Vice President and COO of the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Cleveland Lumberjacks (1994-96). The Lumberjacks helped rejuvenate hockey in Cleveland, averaging 9,000 fans per game by offering a total entertainment experience. Fans enjoyed creative promotions and a dynamic game presentation that featured pyro, lights out introductions and more, all of which was unheard of for minor league hockey at the time.
His first stint in the NBA was with Minnesota Timberwolves as Vice President of Sales (1988-1994), there he was the senior sales and marketing official and played a major role in the start-up of the team and its arena, the Target Center. During the stint, the Timberwolves were one of the highest revenue driving teams in the league. Very active as a community and civic leader, he serves on the board of directors of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Destination Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a trustee for Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital. 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.
A Pittsburgh-area native, in 2019, Komoroski was inducted into the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Komoroski is a cum laude graduate of Duquesne University. He and his wife Denise have three daughters – Kristin, Kelly, Jamie and a son, Zachary.