Dart Appraisal: Nationwide Appraisal Management Company


Darton Case took the helm of Dart Appraisal Services in 1994, working closely with Oakland Mortgage, a company founded by his father during the rapid expansion of the mortgage market in the late 80s. He immediately recognized the critical need for a third party business model in the real estate appraisal industry and expanded Dart Appraisal until it reached nationwide coverage by 1998. Case is a licensed appraiser for the State of Michigan, and he is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association and a former board member of the Michigan Mortgage Brokers Association. He holds a bachelor of arts from Colorado State University.

His vision for Dart Appraisal is to execute a reliable and consistent experience for its clients, appraisers and employees. Case’s passion and drive to succeed can be felt throughout the company’s culture. His ability to attract great employees through perseverance has allowed his firm to adapt and lead in a rapidly changing marketplace.


Developing and executing the vision for Dart Appraisal is company president Michael Dresden. He has responsibility for all areas of the business, including operations, sales, finance, human resources, technology and compliance. As the chief integrator for all branches of Dart Appraisal, Dresden works closely with the company’s leadership team to create a comprehensive strategic plan that effectively utilizes the skills of each area to their fullest advantage. From customer service and sales, from suppliers to operations, each piece of the strategic plan is fine-tuned to develop a package that delivers consistent, reliable and customized service to a broad range of clients throughout the U.S. Throughout the rapidly changing marketplace over the past decade, Dart Appraisal has emerged and remains a leading, national AMC under the strategic leadership of Dresden. As a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, he remains committed to continuous improvement efforts. Dresden is also an Accredited Mortgage Professional, as well as a licensed appraiser.

Prior to joining Dart Appraisal, Dresden served as Regional Operations Manager for a provider of outsourced services. In this role, he successfully aligned company operations and sales departments through combined planning sessions, developing a tool to unify account growth and customer satisfaction strategies across both departments. Dresden holds a bachelor of science from Illinois State University, where he served as president of Pi Sigma Epsilon marketing business fraternity. 


Christie Visconti oversees finance, accounting and human resources for Dart Appraisal. Christie has more than ten years of experience in both finance and human resources, and most recently served as Finance Manager/Controller for MB Technologies’ US division. Prior to that, she spent 4 years at Magna Powertrain.

Christie obtained her Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from Walsh College. While at Walsh, she won the 2007 Financial Executives International Award.


As Vice President of Compliance and Process Control, Tracey Meldrum focuses on compliance efforts for both state and federal regulations, as well as on fulfilling Dart Appraisal’s own compliance strategy. She also oversees the company’s document and policy management process, coordinates all non-financial audits, and serves as the liaison between state regulators and Dart Appraisal. She is an active participant in the Collateral Risk Network and the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials. Volltrauer joined Dart as a Vendor Coordinator in 2010 and became the company’s first Vendor Manager in 2012.

Volltrauer has more than twenty years’ experience in the banking and mortgage industries. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Oakland University.

Melinda Evans, VICE PRESIDENT OF Operations

With over 15 years of experience as a strategic leader, Melinda Evans oversees our operations teams and initiatives as our Vice President of Operations. While not only being an accomplished operations leader, she also is an experienced attorney receiving her Juris Doctorate from Wayne state University Law School. Prior to working with Dart Appraisal, Melinda was the Vice President of Operations at Sandpointe Enterprise leading daily business operations and expansion efforts for 4 quick service restaurants.


Melinda also holds a Bachelor of Science, Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida.

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