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Meet the Executive Team

Darton Case, Owner and President

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.

Michael Dresden, Executive Vice President

Dresden joined Dart Appraisal in 2009 to oversee the company's customer service and auditing teams. An expert in business management strategies, Michael works to standardize service delivery for clients and to enable the sales team to market a consistent product. Additionally, he manages the supplier network of more than 13,000 nationwide real estate appraisers to ensure high quality services and timely delivery for clients.

As a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Dresden remains committed to continuous improvement efforts. Prior to joining Dart Appraisal, Dresden served as regional operations manager for a provider of outsourced IT, maintenance, and repair 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 the Pi Sigma Epsilon marketing business fraternity.

Melissa L. Traver, CPA, Controller

Overseeing the accounting department for Dart Appraisal is Melissa Traver, who has more than 25 years of accounting experience and has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 2006. She is focused on continuous improvement with regard to the processes and procedures of the accounting department while keeping the core values of the company in the forefront at all times. In addition to the accounting department, she is responsible for all Human Resource functions.

Prior to joining the team, Traver served as Controller in the real estate development/property management field. As such, she was responsible for all accounting functions for multiple entities. In addition, she performed all property management duties and prepared lease agreements. Traver holds a bachelor of accountancy degree from Walsh College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a member of both the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Luke Buikema, Director of Operations 

As Director of Operations, Buikema is responsible for the day-to-day management and development of the Client Services Team. He brings extensive experience in employee development, procedural compliance and operations management. He ensures that our customers receive the reliable and consistent customer service that has become the hallmark of Dart Appraisal.

Prior to joining Dart Appraisal, Luke held the position of General Manager of Aramark Cleanroom Services for the Midwest and Puerto Rico regions.  There he was responsible for expedient problem solving, recruiting and promoting qualified staff and improving customer relations.  Luke received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago.