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
Developing and executing the vision for Dart Appraisal is the
role of Executive Vice President Michael Dresden. 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.
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
Mike Fisk, Chief Financial
Fisk joined the Dart Appraisal team in 2015, and leads the
company's finance department. Fisk has more than 24 years of
progressive experience in finance, accounting and operations
management, and a proven track record of improving operations,
impacting business growth improving efficiencies.
Prior to joining Dart Appraisal, Fisk served as director of
corporate finance for Munder Capital Management in Birmingham,
Mich., where he was responsible for general oversight and personnel
management of all functions of the finance department. He
holds a bachelor of arts from Alma College, and an MBA from Wayne
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.