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Work Hard, Play Hard: The Quicken Loans Career Fair Experience

by Michael Gonzales (social media intern with the Quicken Loans Pulse team)

I went to the Quicken Loans career fair on April 2, 2011. It seemed like every other career fair that I’ve been to: a lobby with long lines, registration tables and job hunters wearing their Sunday best. From there, we were escorted through security gates and were told to go upstairs. It was a typical, corporate career fair; the kind that all business students and all their business classes prepare for… or so I thought.

Quicken Loans Career Fair 2011 - Detroit Jobs

When I got to the second floor I was greeted by several Quicken Loans team members directing me to the cafeteria. The first thing that I did when I got there was fill out a quick survey about my interests. Then, they asked me to tell them one interesting fact about myself. It was weird, being asked to share an interesting fact about myself at a career fair. It almost felt elementary. I was used to going to interviews that focused on the employers and didn’t place much emphasis on who the potential employee was. When I turned in my survey, I was directed to my “team’s” booth. As a marketing student at Wayne State University, I really wanted to meet the marketing team. Continue reading “Work Hard, Play Hard: The Quicken Loans Career Fair Experience” »

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Grow Baby Grow

By Christopher Raab

How cool is Detroit? Cool as a cucumber.  Cool by the bushel.  With at least 800,000 residents and only four full-sized supermarkets, this has been a city long left to tend to its own garden.  Well, be careful not to step on the squash or cauliflower because it is doing just that.

Instead of sugar and starching it up at the corner store – often  the only choice for intercity residents without a car – people trying to say no way to obesity and diabetes have turned to growing and managing their own foods increasingly since the ‘90s. What they have harvested has been a cornucopia of nationwide positive attention for Detroit on just what the right seeds can sow:  city and suburban residents farming together, abandoned tar and cement  lots turned back to soil and leafy fields, healthy foods  and healthy attitudes – good in a bowl and good for the soul.  Continue reading “Grow Baby Grow” »

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Michigan, Where Art Thou?

By Christopher Raab

Arts in MichiganWhen the ageless and shriveled prophetess, Cumaean Sibyl, who was granted eternal life but not eternal youth by Apollo and who consequently now lives shrunken in a tiny jar, is asked by some local boys what she might want, she answers “I want to die.” The epigram, about someone who has lived too long and lost too much, is used to set the thematic tone for T.S. Elliot’s The Wasteland, which equates unexamined life, devoid of culture and greater meaning, as specious existence. The past-and-future-knowing Sibyl, container and all, should be moved to Lansing: Since 2001, Michigan has cut its budget for the arts from $26 million to $2.1 million.

A decade ago, Michigan was saying Yes! to a creative kinetic that invigorated and enriched and hyper-framed our everyday. Yes! to being and becoming. Yes! to heightened dissent and agreement, harmony and discord, the stuff of dreams and the stuff of stuff expressed through art. Yes! in ways of looking and looking at ways.  

Back then, state taxes and federal funding awarded state artists and art organizations throughout Michigan for their roles in creating joint-is-jumping communities. Places where people want to live, where shops find shoppers and where outsiders come to look.

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Reading, Writing and Over Crowding

By Christopher Raab 

A few weeks back, I attended a meeting at the Fox Theatre with about 4000 Diffs, a number big enough to take on a problem caused by generations of In-Diffs—the people who have looked the other way at the terrible expense of Detroit’s school kids. 

Today, Christmas Eve, I read in the Free Press about an over crowding problem in the public school system brought about by budget-driven school closings and the loss of over 800 retiring teachers last year that has led to class rooms sizes of 50 or more students per instructor in some cases.  Continue reading “Reading, Writing and Over Crowding” »

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Pet Paparazzi – An Easy and Fun Way to Help Homeless Animals

A post by guest blogger Jill Scapelliti

Almost Home

If you have a pet, then you know how fulfilling it is to get that perfect picture of him/her doing something cute or goofy or literally just sleeping (you just can’t help yourself because it’s so darn adorable). You show off the photo to your friends, post it on Facebook, even frame it and put it on your desk at work. These photos make you smile during your longest days.

If any of the above hits home with you, then please take a second to read about our great Calendar Contest where you can show off your “Hollywood” kitty or pooch and also give back to homeless furry pets in need of love and help this summer.

I am a dedicated volunteer at Almost Home Animal Rescue League in Southfield. The economy has really hit us hard over the past year, and the number of homeless cats and dogs has skyrocketed. We are a true 100% No-Kill shelter, meaning we keep our animals until we find them a new forever home. We are overflowing with cats and dogs, and our volunteers are exhausted. Just when we start to feel great about finding two little kittens a new home, another litter is dumped at our doorstep. It’s never-ending, but our volunteers are tireless and determined to make a difference in each and every animal’s life.

Continue reading “Pet Paparazzi – An Easy and Fun Way to Help Homeless Animals” »

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Quicken Loans’ Data Warehouse Team Wins Industry Award

Quicken Loans' Data Warehouse Team Wins Industry AwardBy Nikki Stellini

Quicken Loans is proud to announce that its Data Warehouse team is the co-winner of a Best Practices Award in Operational Business Intelligence from The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), a leading association in the industry. The award recognizes the team’s excellence in creating and maintaining software that reports, gathers, secures, and analyzes up-to-the-minute data, keeping our business running efficiently and fostering growth each year.

The Quicken Loans Data Warehouse team is a group of dedicated engineers and database administrators who write the software programs that tie all of the company’s important data together in one location.
 “The team is really excited and proud to win this award,” said Steve Brennan, Quicken Loans Data Warehouse team leader. “We use business intelligence to stay on top of our game. It’s an honor to be recognized for our hard work in the industry.”

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Having a Moving Sale?

Garage Sale Tracker Guest Post on the Quicken Loans BlogBy: Rich from Garage Sale Tracker

It's summer time and the house just sold! Now it is time to pack up all your stuff and move into the new house before summer ends and school starts back up. The best thing to do is to clear out the clutter in the house via a moving sale, so that you are not bringing new stagnant items into the house that will just become stale.

The following are some helpful tips for holding a moving sale: 

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Quicken Loans Culture is Shared at Michigan’s Next Great Companies 2010 Summit

On April 21, David Carroll, Vice President of Administration at Quicken Loans attended the Michigan’s Next Great Companies 2010 Summit in Bath, Mich. and spoke about the company’s culture.

The summit brought business leaders from across the state together to help Michigan companies grow by focusing on culture and how their working environments can fuel innovation and creativity.

Michigan’s First Gentleman, Dan Mulhern, spoke about the importance of corporate culture and the keynote address was delivered by Bo Burlingham, author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big.

David Carroll’s presentation was part of an informal panel in which several companies had the opportunity to discuss how they make their organization a “great place to work.”  David explained that the Quicken Loans culture is a combination of a million little things and that our ISMs (18 guiding principles) enable all team members to live the culture each day.  Quicken Loans has been named to Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for seven consecutive years.

To learn more about resources to help your business receive recognition for a positive work environment, check out the Michigan Advantage web site.

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Quicken Loans President’s Club Banker Ryan South is up for Crain’s 20 In Their 20s Award

Quicken Loans' Ryan South is Nominated for the Crain's 20 In Their 20s AwardBy: Victoria Araj

Each year, Crain’s Detroit Business seeks young professionals who are considered difference makers in the metro Detroit area and honor them with the 20 in their 20s Award.  Quicken Loans is pleased to have one of their team members, Ryan South, 26, nominated for this prestigious award.  Ryan is a President’s Club banker at Quicken Loans, which is the company’s highest distinction for mortgage bankers to achieve and previously served as a Director of Mortgage Banking.

“This has been a personal goal of mine and it’s an honor to be a part of the nominated class because this award highlights the talent our area has to offer and the individuals who are dedicated to staying here and growing our city and state,” South said.

Continue reading “Quicken Loans President’s Club Banker Ryan South is up for Crain’s 20 In Their 20s Award” »

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Diabetes research sends Quicken Loans IT guy snowmobiling from Michigan to Alaska

Diabetes research is why this Quicken Loans IT guy is snowmobiling from Michigan to Alaska By Mark Smith

While many of us envision a lengthy vacation as a relaxation utopia filled with tide-combed sandy beaches, romantic sunsets and tropical drinks filled to their sugary rims, one Quicken Loans team member decided to take a bit of a different vacation… one that benefits millions!

Along with 60 other generous folks from around the nation, David Little is heading in opposite direction of your typical holiday and venturing north…the Great White North to be exact! In order to raise donations for the Diabetes Research Institute, these brave snowmobilers are covering more than 4,100 miles through the frozen landscapes of northern United States and Canada on their trek from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to Tok, Alaska.

Organizing this trip with a cause is MichCanSka, Bill Bradfield’s international snowmobiling charity ride benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute which helps millions around the world in their fight against diabetes.

Follow David Little’s journey from the comfort of your cozy laptop on his blog. This site shares David’s posts along the snowy tracks of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon territory and Alaska.  You’ll also find links to the official MichCanSka site, live tracking of David’s group as well as a Donations page where you can help take the Diabetes Research Institute steps closer to curing diabetes.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017