Night of Discovery Event Leadership

Honorary Chairs: Karen & Matt Cullen and Mary & Tom Shafer

Karen & Matt Cullen

Matthew P. Cullen serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Bedrock and leads the company’s efforts to spark development and revitalization in the City of Detroit, which includes Quicken Loans’ national headquarters move to the city in 2010. 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. These developments have been a catalyst for attracting new businesses, workers and residents to the city.


Karen Cullen is happily retired following a 25+ year career in public relations and communications.  A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Communications, she held several executive positions throughout her career at GM, Delphi Automotive and Ilitch Holdings, Inc. until she retired in 2013.

Matthew is also a Principal of Rock Ventures LLC, the Chairman of JACK Entertainment and the Volunteer President and CEO of the M-1 RAIL Streetcar initiative, or QLINE. A 29-year veteran of General Motors (GM), Matthew previously served as the General Manager of Economic Development and Enterprise Services for GM and was the Chief Architect for GM’s $500 million acquisition and development of the Renaissance Center.


Karen is heavily involved in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Karmanos Cancer Institute and Karmanos Cancer Center, as well as the Board of Directors of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. She serves as a Trustee with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is also actively involved with the Detroit Zoo, serving on their Marketing Committee, and with the Belle Isle Conservancy and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Currently, Matthew is the Chairman of Invest Detroit; Vice Chairman of the Downtown Detroit Partnership; and serves on the Detroit Zoological Society executive committee. He is also a board member of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Hudson-Webber Foundation, and Penske Corporation, and a trustee of the College of Creative Studies and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. He has previously chaired the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Parade Company and the Metropolitan Detroit YMCA, and retains current executive committee membership with all three organizations. For more than 10 years, Matthew served as the governor-appointed Chairman of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation executive committee.

A native Detroiter, Matthew earned a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.


Matthew and Karen reside in Grosse Pointe with their children.

Mary & Tom Shafer

Thomas C. Shafer is the Chief Operating Office of TCF Financial Corporation and President and Chief Operation Officer of TCF National Bank as of August 1, 2019 in connection with the merger between Chemical Bank and TCF. 

Mary Lighton Shafer is an active community volunteer whose efforts are focused on her family, faith and community. She has been involved for over 30 years as a board member to many cultural and community groups. These include The Grosse Pointe Historical Society, Louisa St. Clair chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Detroit East Suburban alumni association of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Flint Institute of Music which is the umbrella organization for a regional symphony and a 1500 student school of performing arts.

Tom previously served as Vice Chairman and Director of Chemical Financial Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Chemical Bank. Previously he served as president and Chief Operating Officer of Talmer Bank, a predecessor company to Chemical Bank.Prior to joining Talmer Bank, Mr. Shafer spent 16 years with Citizens Republic Bankorp, where he held various executive level positions including EVP, Commercial Banking, Retail Banking and Chief Credit Officer. Tom started his career at Michigan National Bank.

Mary has also been a significant fund raiser, chairing Gala events in Southeast Michigan and Mid-Michigan. Mary has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Detroit Chapter for her work with the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House.

​Tom earned his bachelor's degree at Hillsdale College while majoring in Economics & Business Administration and Political Economy. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. Mary attended Hillsdale College and the University of Michigan and received a BA in Communications. 

Currently Mr. Shafer serves on the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Bankers Association, and is the past Chairman of Detroit Public Television (DPTV). Mary is a Trustee of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, sustaining member of the Junior League of Detroit, member of Tau Beta and DAR and is a former Stephens’s minister at Grosse Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church.

​Mary and Tom have 2 adult children, Kathryn and Elliot (Killeen) and have 1 grandson.


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