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Quicken Loans DIFF blog wishes Clayton Closson a happy 2 year anniversary!

Clay as a Simpsons characterBy Matt Cardwell

Today marks Clayton Closson’s two year anniversary with Quicken Loans. Before I spend the next 10 lines telling you about all of the great things Clay has done since joining the team in 2006, I thought I’d share a quick story (blogger style, of course) about the first time I met Clayton.

At the time, Clayton was interviewing not for a writers job, but for a position on the search team. While I would love to say it was Clayton’s stellar resume building skills and impeccable experience (including a stint at the City of Detroit, which couldn’t have been easy) that got him the initial interview, it was actually something far more superficial that made us pick up the phone:
His name.

Anyone named “Clayton Closson” had to be an interesting dude. I had never met a “Clayton” before, nor do I think I ever even knew anyone with “Clayton” as a name. So I told our recruiter I had to meet this guy.

Anyway, Clayton shows up for his interview in a suit (no, not an orange soccer shirt) and about 10 minutes into the interview with Brian Doelle and I, starts cussing and swearing in conjunction with a really big idea he had (which I think had something to do with reviving Detroit.) Anyway, we talked very little about search, but loved his passion, great attitude and solid skills from his days over at Hass. When he left, Doelle and I looked at each other and said, “We gotta hire this guy.”

Now, to be clear, I’m not advocating swearing during your interview as a Best Practice (although recent research shows that doing it at work can boost productivity) nor am I condoning Clayton’s fondness for using four-letter words when he gets excited about something (he’s working on this), but I do have to say that two years later, I’m damn glad that we hired him.

Since then, Clayton has moved from search to managing our content (which goes hand-in-hand), was responsible for launching our award-winning Yahoo Answers campaign, has been one of the primary drivers of our blogging and outreach campaigns, has taken us into the wild-wild-West of managing our Wikipedia entry and has done a phenomenal jobs of building a tighter relationship between Web Marketing, public relations and online media. Clayton even helped make the LeBron Etch-a-Sketch Video hit the home page of YouTube (something no amount of money can buy.)

Anyone who has worked with Clayton knows that not only does he love working for Quicken Loans, but he also works his butt off keeping all of our social media on track – responding to Yahoo! Answers from home in the evening, editing on holidays, and bringing a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to everything he touches.

He’s also become a huge evangelist for social media and word-of-mouth marketing, not just within our team and company, but also in the industry. Oh, and he’s a really funny guy that once tried his had at a career in hip-hop (if you can call his opus “Livin’ in the 313”  “hip-hop”.)

So, show Clayton some love and wish him a happy anniversary!  You could also ask for a autographed “Homer Clayton” picture.

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  1. Clayton, besides Cardwell, you’re my favorite old dude on the web team. Congrats!

    Posted by: Mark Smith | January 4, 2008
  2. Happy Anniversary Clayton! I’ve already learned so much from you, even if the vast majority of it is nonsensical crap. Kidding! You are a virtual fountain of knowledge. :o )

    Posted by: Kel L | January 4, 2008
  3. Clayton, I owe a lot to you. You always gave good honest advice… may not always be right… but it was also honest and heartfelt. :) I definitely appreicate it. Congrats on the 2 years…. I hope to see many many many more.

    Posted by: Edson aka E-Money | January 4, 2008
  4. Happy anniversary Clay! Love the story too Matt!

    Posted by: Dave Rigotti | January 6, 2008
  5. Daddy,
    Congratuations and I’m so pround of you. I hope one day I’ll be as good of a writer as you are. Please teach me how to write with my bone every night. I’ll teach my buddies @ school (that I went to when you went to Toronto) how to write, too. Love, Grover.

    Posted by: Grover Goto | January 6, 2008
  6. Congrats Clay!
    This picture will never get old!
    Also, this post makes me think I should change my name.

    Posted by: Mark | January 7, 2008
  7. Wow, two years thats such a long time at a job nowadays. I know the kind of person you are and the kind of motivation you have so I can see maybe another couple years in that position. I am curious do you have a personal blog or fan website that I can visit so I can leave nice messages for you on a daily basis. How about t-shirts, do you have t-shirts or coffe mugs? That would be great. I can give them as gifts so everyone knows you have held a job for two years. Your the best. All my love.

    Posted by: Ian | January 7, 2008
  8. With my cool and interesting name, Billy Leopardskinhousen, I should have been hired WAY faster than Clayton. And I swear just about as much as Clayton too. AND I worked for the City of Detroit!!!! So, I should be expecting the call from Quicken Loans very soon and I’m eager to start negociating my 6 figure salary…

    Posted by: Billy Leopardskinhousen | January 7, 2008

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