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A Salute to My Friends at Quicken Loans

Edson By Edson McLean (that’s me on the right – the handsome one)

When you see a Quicken Loans advertisement, most people think about mortgages and home equity, but Quicken Loans is more than just a company that does home financing. Sure, this sounds cliché and arrogant, but Quicken Loans is about making dreams come true, whether you are a first-time home buyer or an interviewee hoping to get a job and become a Quicken Loans team member.

My dream was simple, I wanted to gain as much business and corporate experience as possible to obtain a full-time position with a company, whether that was at Quicken Loans or somewhere else.

I walked into Quicken Loans in May of 2006 not exactly sure of what I was getting myself into. The only thing I knew for sure was the fact that I needed an internship. I practiced at home making Folgers decaf coffee and learning where the nearest Dunkin Donuts location was to the office, just in case I had to run out to get morning breakfast — because that’s what interns do.

Usually, as an intern you learn the business, you take notes, you get the morning coffee and most importantly, don’t touch anything. But, boy was I wrong! At Quicken Loans, you get things done, you become accountable for your actions, you strive for results and not only do you touch…you get dirty, like three-year-old in the mud dirty.

The success of Quicken Loans has everything to do with the people and the leadership of the company. It is often asked what is more important in a leader, to be respected or to be liked? Good companies usually have leaders that are just respected, average companies have leaders that are just liked, but companies in the same echelon of Quicken Loans have leaders and team members that are both respected and liked. I never worked 9-to-5 Monday through Friday because I had to, I came to work everyday excited because of the awesome opportunity and my curiosity of what I could possibly achieve next.

I can remember lying in bed at 3 a.m. on a Tuesday as if Christmas were the next day, thinking of things to contribute in team meetings that would be beneficial for discussion. Don’t get me wrong, I also thought about funny comebacks for Clayton and Doelle (my mentors) for their smart comments, or ways to embarrass Kriste and Chelsea (fellow team members). 

As an intern and a part-time team member I have worked with people from the top companies in the country; I have participated in guerilla marketing tactics that University of Michigan professors couldn’t even put together (but I’m pretty sure Michigan State University professors could).   Sorry for that U of M, but I am a Spartan…

So thank you Quicken Loans for the experience. Thank you for the growing pains. Thank you for the good times. Thank you for the friendships. Thank you for the words of advice. Thank you for the exposure to success. Lastly, thank you for equipping me with the confidence to become a winner and helping my dream come true.

Editors note:  Please check out some of Edson’s blog entires on the DIFF: 

http://www.whatsthediff.com/2006/12/its_a_jeep_thin.html

http://www.whatsthediff.com/2007/01/whats_her_secre.html

Take it easy Edson. It’s been great working with you. The DIFF Team wishes you great success with your new career at Best Buy.  Keep in touch with your friends at Quicken Loans!

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  1. Edson, I never realized that sitting across from you everyday would provide me with one of my best work friends. We had some great times with the crew and we will always keep in touch! Good luck in your future endeavors, I know you will do great. Your company is lucky to have such a hard and caring worker-don’t stay away too long….

    Posted by: Kriste | May 7, 2007
  2. When Edson finished his internship last summer, on his last day I came into my office to find a handwritten “Thank You” card from him on my keyboard. Inside, Edson had written a very thoughtful personal note and included a GNC gift card. It was completely unnecessary, but I was impressed nonetheless. There are people in the world who just “get it” and others that no matter what you do for them, just never will “get it.” Edson clearly belongs to the former.
    I have a very strong sense that he will be coming back to Quicken some day. And when he does, my door is always open.
    Best of luck dude and thanks for the great farewell post.

    Posted by: Matt Cardwell | May 8, 2007
  3. Hey, that reminds me that I never cashed in my GNC card. I must have lost it. Edson, can you mail me another one?

    Posted by: Clayton | May 8, 2007
  4. Hold your breath on that one Clayton… it will be there in a quickie.
    Do you think I’m dumb enough to contribute to finding a way to injuring yourself again?!?!?!

    Posted by: Edson | May 10, 2007

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