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Goodbye to 3 of our own

In the past few weeks, three members of the DIFF team moved on to new careers. I want to personally thank them for their work on the blog and wish each of well with their future professions.

Two of them, Ann-Marie Murphy and Corey Bailey, were on the team that launched the DIFF. The third, Christy Brewer, stepped-in big time once we got this thing off the ground, helping out tremendously, especially at times when I had too much other stuff going on to write a lot of posts.

Make no mistake, they all made huge contributions to the DIFF and I’m convinced it wouldn’t be what it is today, a unique and interesting (and I like to think successful) approach to corporate blogging. Here’s a little more about each of them:

Corey_2Corey Bailey, the DIFF Diva, came to us as an intern, with a dream to write and learn more about internet marketing. What she lacked in experience, she made up for in determination. I’ve rarely met anyone with more resolve to accomplish something, and to her credit, she realized the  beginnings of her dream to be a professional writer. Corey created and managed the successful DIFF Intern project, which introduced blogging to dozens of college interns. Keep moving forward Corey. Keep the dream of writing alive. You’ll make it. Read Corey’s DIFF posts >>

Annmarie Ann-Marie Murphy, the DIFF Darling, joined us after a stint at Edelman PR and worked on some big projects here. Ann-Marie was a huge part in launching the DIFF, helping the team craft our concept and make sure we were doing this correctly from day one. I love her writing and I turned to her often for help with editing. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ann-Marie has the entire AP Stylebook memorized, as she often pointed out to me that I don’t. If I could compare our writing styles to martial arts, Ann-Marie is a person who became a master by spending 20 years in a dojo, learning from other masters and spending countless hours studying the beauty and traditions of the art. My style, on the other hand, more or less comes from the streets and bars, learning what works and doesn’t from bruises and broken bones, but still putting on a darn good show. Ann-Marie also is a very avid social media expert and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some pretty cool and innovating things from her in the future.  I’d wish her good luck, but she doesn’t need it. Read Ann-Marie’s DIFF posts >>

Brewer Finally, a big THANK YOU is well deserved from me for my friend Christy Brewer (the DIFF Mom Critic). I guess I’ll start with the fact that Christy introduced me to Quicken Loans. None of the things I’ve done here could have happened without her telling me about this place. If you would have told me I would work for a mortgage company (and love it) three years ago, I’d walk away from you pretty quickly. But it was Christy who told me how different Quicken Loans was from your typical financial institution.  See, I knew Christy when we both worked for Hass MS&L (now MS&L Digital). To make a long story short, Christy joined Quicken Loans and I kept in touch with her. She told me some pretty interesting things about the company and corporate culture here and I was intrigued. One thing led to another and I eventually joined Quicken Loans as well. I’m so grateful to Christy, words can’t do justice. She’s moving on to a career in teaching down in South Carolina, which will suit her energy and enthusiasm well. Regarding the DIFF, Christy helped out tremendously; managing the blog at times, writing lots of posts, and overall was always there to help out. Despite the fact she’s a thousand miles away, I hope our paths cross again. Until that time, Christy, keep out of the southern sun and do your part to inspire your students to find something in which they excel. You’re pretty good at that. Read Christy’s DIFF posts >>

Well, that’s pretty much it. Goodbyes can be sad, but they don’t have to be. They can also be opportunities to grow and learn. New folks have already stepped up and offered to contribute to the DIFF, keeping this project alive with new voices. It will be interesting to see the path we take going forward.

Christy, Corey and Ann-Marie, I thank you one last time and wish you well. In my book, you’ll always be the DIFF.

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  1. Bummer. Best of luck.

    Posted by: Dave Rigotti | July 4, 2008
  2. Thanks, Clayton. I appreciate your kind words. A couple of clarifications: I’ll be the assistant library geek at Stone Academy this fall, which is an elementary school focused on the arts in education. I can’t wait! Second, I’m the DIFF *Critic*, not Mom. Ugh. ;-)
    Thanks to everyone who made all this cool stuff happen. It was a great ride!

    Posted by: Christy | July 6, 2008
  3. Thanks for the clarification Christy. And sorry about the DIFF name mix-up. I think we may lose the DIFF names anyway. I could never keep them straight. Have fun at the library!

    Posted by: Clayton | July 6, 2008
  4. Oh, geez! I’m just giving you a hard time! You know I can’t give up a chance to nag you! ;-)
    Don’t get rid of the titles. They’re so much fun! But, yes, you might be too ADD to keep them all straight.

    Posted by: |Christy | July 7, 2008
  5. Thank you Clayton for your kind words. The DIFF was a huge stepping stone for me at Quicken Loans. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to chase my dream of being a writer…with out that empowerment, I wouldn’t have had such a kick ass portfolio–one in which helped me land my first writing gig back a Campbell-Ewald. :) It might sound corny, but it’s true. Quicken Loans allowed me to chase my dream into reality and for that I am forever greatful.
    A special thank you to Matt Cardwell for seeing potential in me and allowing me the opportunity to work with such a talented and passionate group of individuals. It has changed me and given me a different perspective on what I want in a career. So thank you Matt.
    I also want to thank Ellen Snyder,my team leader for pushing me to be my best and allowing my passion for writing to carry me as far as I wanted to go…she is going to be a hard act to follow in my future endevours.
    I will miss you all and will be sure to keep in touch!

    Posted by: Corey Bailey | July 8, 2008
  6. I *heart* all of you and wish you the best in all that you do. Corey – I’m going to miss the chic I started here with and toughed it out with. Christy – I’m going to miss your patience and geeky banter. Ann-Marie – I’m going to miss your drive and mutual love of blue jeans.
    May you find luck around every new corner!

    Posted by: Jen R | July 8, 2008
  7. Jen — Aww!!! Yeah, even though I wasn’t in the office every day, I sill miss youse guys. (Can’t *ever* say, “y’all!”)
    Keep kickin’ that stuff you do!

    Posted by: Christy | July 11, 2008

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