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
Michael Dresden, Executive Vice
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,
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
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
Jim McElroy, Vice President of Sales
Heading up Dart's sales and marketing divisions is Jim McElroy.
He is an accomplished business development and marketing leader
with a proven track record in creating demand through integrated
marketing and sales strategies, sales management, innovation in
products and processes, and tactical implementation. McElroy is
also an expert at bringing the voice of the customer into the
company, helping to tailor Dart Appraisal's products and services
to better meet those demands.
McElroy has a diverse background of more than 20 years of B2B
sales and marketing leadership experience at several companies
serving the housing industry, including Fortune Brands and
Ingersoll-Rand. He holds master and bachelor degrees in business
administration from The University of Michigan.
Luke Buikema, Director of
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.