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Meet Our Leadership Team

Our team is made up of a wide variety of characters, and we pride ourselves on our
unique environment. While we’re each a little different in our own way, we all have one
thing in common: the drive and desire to help people move.

Mike Kalis

Mike Kalis

Chief Executive Officer

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Mike Kalis, Chief Executive Officer, joined Marketplace Homes in 2007. One year later, he purchased the company for $25,000. Marketplace Homes' first office was located in Mike's living room. In four short years, he expanded the company into 30 markets, hired nearly 100 employees and saw revenue rise to $20 million. With a 1700 percent growth rate, Marketplace Homes is one of the fastest growing success stories in the United States. Mike and Marketplace Homes have been featured in over 50 different media outlets, including Fox Business, The Detroit News, Chicago's Daily Herald and Builder magazine. New construction home builders throughout the country seek Mike out as a speaker, and he has been recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as a "Top 20 in their 20s." Under Mike's leadership, Marketplace Homes has been named Real Estate Company of the Year by the American Business Awards, one of the "50 Companies to Watch" by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and 4 years named by INC magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the US.
Prior to joining Marketplace Homes, Mike worked in sales at one of the nation's largest new construction home builders, Pulte Homes. He graduated from Michigan State University in 2004 from the Eli Broad College of Business with a degree in Marketing.
Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson

VP of Customer Service

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Jon Wilson, VP of Customer Service, joined Marketplace Homes in 2014. He oversees the Home Concierge and Property Management Departments to drive positive owner and resident satisfaction. He works with vendors across the country to create a preferred trade base whose goals align with Marketplace Homes to deliver a fast, efficient, customer oriented service experience.

Prior to starting with Marketplace Homes, Jon was the head Customer Relations Manager at Pulte Group for over 10 years in the Michigan Division. During his time there, the division achieved an overall 95% customer satisfaction rate for 4 consecutive years.

Jon graduated from Michigan State University in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration. He lives in the metro Detroit area with his wife and two daughters.

Leslie Owens

Leslie Owens

Director of Communications

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Leslie Owens, Director of Communications, joined Marketplace Homes in 2011 as a member of the communications team. Her business strategy and creativity were quickly recognized and led to her promotion, where she remains dedicated to providing top quality client services. Leslie graduated from Eastern Michigan University.

Matt Derocher

Matt Derocher

Senior Solutions Specialist

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Matt Derocher, Senior Solutions Specialist, joined Marketplace Homes in 2011 as a solutions specialist. He was promoted to his current role in 2012 and now oversees 25 markets in 11 states.

Prior to joining Marketplace Homes, Matt worked in new construction sales at Pulte Homes and Pinnacle Homes. He also served as a law enforcement officer. He is a licensed real estate salesperson and mortgage loan officer.

He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Finance. Matt has been married to his wife for 10 years and has two wonderful children. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his son and daughter in their various sports activities.

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

Board Member

 

Josh Linkner believes that creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress. As such, he’s spent his career harnessing the spirit of creative disruption. His journey has been non-traditional at every step: he’s been a celebrated four-time tech entrepreneur, hyper-growth CEO, New York Times bestselling author, top-ranked innovation keynote speaker, venture capitalist, professional jazz musician and urban reinventor.

Today, Linkner is the NY Times Bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, named one of the top 10 business books of 2011 by Amazon.com. He is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit, Michigan by backing passionate entrepreneurs who can make an impact through their own innovative ideas.

Josh is the founder and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world serving 74 of the top 100 brands. He also founded, built, and successfully sold three other technology companies. The businesses he’s founded have sold for a combined value of over $250 million. He has also been on the Board of Directors of over 50 organizations including startups, a major hospital system, and several non-profits. He has been involved in raising over $120 million of venture capital and has served as an advisor to hundreds of businesses worldwide.

As a regular contributor to Inc., Forbes, and the Detroit Free Press, Josh’s inspiring message of creative leadership and personal success has reached millions around the world. He has been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was a President Barack Obama Champion of Change Award recipient. His forthcoming book – The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation – will be released in May, 2014 and is widely expected to set the new standard on the topic of reinvention.

Josh lives in Detroit, Michigan and is playing an active role in the city’s rebirth. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

Steven C. Petruska

Steven C. Petruska

Board Member

 

Steve Petruska is the founder and President of The SCP Group, LLC. The SCP Group provides real estate consulting services and operational solutions to home building and real estate companies, banks, hedge funds, REITs and individuals. With over 30 years of residential, large and small-scale land planning, land development, and commercial real estate experience, and a background in operating team selection, evaluation and development, The SCP Group offers a wide range of services to large and small companies.

Steve is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for PulteGroup, Inc. During his 26 years at PulteGroup, he also served as Area President, Regional President, Division President and Division Vice President of Finance. He led a team that encompassed all operational aspects of the company's domestic home-building operations, and provided oversight to the company's Pulte Building Services subsidiary units throughout the country. Steve earned a reputation as a clear communicator with a consistent vision and an outstanding leader. He retired from PulteGroup in August 2010.

Steve received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting at Central Michigan University in 1981. He also obtained his CPA in the state of Texas.

Steve currently serves on the Orleans Homebuilders, Inc. Board of Directors, and as an advisor to Michigan-based Marketplace Homes, LLC and NSG Development, LLC.

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