Leading Voices Podcast: Bedrock Detroit CEO, Jim Ketai

The Leading Voices in Real Estate podcast series interviews some of the most successful, interesting, entrepreneurial people who shape our cities and the built environment. Host Matt Slepin gets to the personal side not often heard from these legends and visionaries, their career stories and advice, and their role in creating vibrant communities.

Jim Ketai
CEO, Bedrock Real Estate

Most real estate professionals know property repositioning, but city repositioning? Detroit area native Jim Ketai is the CEO and Managing Partner at Bedrock Detroit, the company that has been at the center of revitalizing downtown Detroit. In today’s episode, we discuss how Jim co-founded Bedrock with his friend, Quicken Loan CEO Dan Gilbert, and how they transcended traditional real estate thinking with Bedrock’s pioneering investments in investment-abandoned downtown Detroit. New employers began moving in including Facebook, Amazon, Google and many more. And he has little fear of failure. “It’s okay to fail because that’s how we all learn and get better.”

Keith Oden
President, Camden Property Trust

Keith Oden and his business partner, CEO Ric Campo, have taken Camden Property Trust from a Texas start-up to a nationwide apartment owner, with a distinctive approach. He explains the seminal move by Camden in innovating rent optimization software, how they’ve built a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, and how they keep a sprawling organization humming.

Steve Leeper

Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood was one of the most blighted in the country, impeding on the city’s economic development. Leveraging creative financing as well as civic and corporate partnerships, Steve Leeper has led 3CDC in the transformation of this historic neighborhood.

Jonathan Rose
President, Jonathan Rose Companies

Jonathan Rose left his family’s multi-generational real estate company to start his own for-profit mission-driven development firm. His passion for creating communities of opportunity is strengthened through the belief that we all share a compassion that makes the world a better place.

Tom Geddes

A chance meeting on a playground led Kevin Plank, Under Armour’s founder, to ask Tom Geddes to oversee his private investments. Tom’s leadership is enhancing Baltimore’s waterfront and how the public experiences the city.