STANDING TOGETHER

The Platform is a real estate development company focused on creating community with an urban lifestyle and
established with one goal: to be a driving force in Detroit real estate development. This focus is fundamental and
intrinsic to how we operate. It is an imperative outlook for revitalizing neighborhoods, inspiring the
next generation and most importantly, it is the reason we are making Detroit better.  

Stepping up for Detroit

Revolutionizing Detroit began by cultivating a vision more than 20 years ago. As the energy
radiated and grew, so did our commitment and our team. Led by renowned
industry experts and inspired by a new generation of developers, we work together
channeling our combined experience 
and global perspectives to step forward
and rebuild Detroit into a world-class city.

PETER CUMMINGS

Principal

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Peter is responsible for developing new business, setting strategic direction, and managing investor and community relations for The Platform. With his son Casey, he built a successful real estate development company, RAM Realty Services, over the last 40 years, with a primary focus on residential and retail development in the Southeast. He currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is active in various aspects of Detroit’s revival. Peter was educated at Yale University and the University of Toronto and completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

DIETRICH KNOER 

Principal

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Dietrich is responsible for developing new business, setting strategic direction, and running the day-to-day business of The Platform. He has 20 years of domestic and international development and investment experience. Dietrich is passionate about the resurgence of Detroit and the opportunities that are derived from the urbanization of American cities. He is involved in several non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the life of inner city Detroit residents. Dietrich graduated from the University of Frankfurt, Germany, and received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

MIKE HAMMON

Chief Development Officer 

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Mike is responsible for executing the residential development, redevelopment and marketing strategies of The Platform. Mike has 28 years of experience in residential development under Ram Realty Services and Related Group. He has served on numerous cultural and urban planning committees in his home community of Miami Beach. In the early 2000s, he worked on the development of the Ellington and the condominium conversion of Tower 300 at Riverfront. Mike graduated from Indiana University and earned an M.B.A. degree with an emphasis on real estate and finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

KAREN L. GERSTENBERGER, CPA

Chief Financial Officer 

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Karen is responsible for managing the financial, risk management and human resources aspects of The Platform. She has more than 20 years of experience as a CFO, auditor and controller for Michigan companies, and is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the CFO Forum. Before joining The Platform team, Karen served as CFO of The Hayman Company in Southfield, which manages 10,000 residential units and 1 million square feet of commercial real estate. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where she graduated cum laude while earning her bachelor’s in Business Administration.