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Dart Appraisal has announced the promotion of Michael Dresden to president from executive vice president. The announcement was made by Darton Case, founder of Dart Appraisal, who had been serving as the company’s president, will now take on the role of CEO. Dresden will assume responsibility for all areas of the business, including operations, sales, finance, human resources, technology and compliance. He is also responsible for creating Dart Appraisal’s strategic plan, and will work with the company’s executive team to ensure the plan is executed in accordance with the company’s mission.
“Michael and I have cultivated an incredibly strong relationship over the past seven years, and I have a tremendous amount of faith in him both professionally as well as personally,” Case said. “I founded Dart Appraisal and have been president since day one, so turning over the reins is not something I take lightly. I have full confidence in Michael, and know the company will continue to grow and thrive under his leadership.”
Dresden has been with Dart Appraisal since 2009, originally joining the company as director of operations. The company has grown more than 93 percent since Dresden has been on staff, and is poised to exceed this year’s aggressive growth target by at least 15 percent. Under Dresden’s leadership, Dart Appraisal’s growth has been fueled by new client acquisition, including multiple top 10 national lenders, as well as the expansion of existing client relationships. He has also continued the company’s focus on building custom appraisal management solutions, and works with Dart’s sales team and directly with clients to create a service plan tailor-made for individual clients’ needs. Dresden is also heavily involved in developing the company’s strategic partners.
Dresden has fostered the growth and development of Dart Appraisal’s executive management team, as well as a secondary level of management within the company. He is deeply committed to fostering the company’s culture for all employees.
“It is an incredible honor to receive this promotion, especially coming from the company’s founder who has put so much into building Dart Appraisal from the ground up,” Dresden said. “Darton and I make a great team, and we have a great deal of mutual trust between each other. As CEO, Darton will continue to be instrumental in shaping our direction through his role as an incredible visionary for the firm. Additionally, he’ll work on nurturing his vast relationships in the mortgage industry through business development efforts. I’m so proud of everything that we’ve accomplished so far at Dart Appraisal, and I’m excited for what promises to be an even more exciting future for our company."
A certified Six Sigma Green Belt and licensed real estate appraiser, Dresden holds a bachelor of science from Illinois State University. He currently resides in Birmingham, Mich.