Editor’s note: This was originally posted on the Quicken Loans blog but I wanted to share it with our friends looking for information on today’s Quicken Loans Carrier Classic. Enjoy the game tonight!
Happy Veterans Day, America.
Today is the day we recognize the men and women who have served our nation over the past 235 years.
It’s a day to remember the sacrifices of people who have taken a pledge to defend us and keep our country strong.
And it’s a day that I hold dear to my heart and memories. I did a short stint in the Army back in the 80s (that picture is my actual “welcome to the Army booklet” I’ve kept all these years) and those few years are some of the most formative years of my life. Although I was only in for a short enlistment and I never served in combat, I still feel proud to have been part of something that has such a proud tradition.
Today, our CEO Bill Emerson sent out an email to all members of the Quicken Loans family of companies and I wanted to share it here with our readers. It’s nice to be recognized. I think we all agree on that. Here’s the email:
Good morning everyone,
Today is a very special day. A day that we recognize amazing, dedicated people of incredible service and caring.
Today is Veterans day, the annual holiday that honors our military veterans.
Today is their day. Today is a day when we get to say thank you for sacrificing to give us a better way of life and a better sense of security.
Because of that I’d like to take a moment today and think about what this day means to you and your loved ones, our country and the great men and women we pay tribute to on this holiday.
In the past, this day has tended to fall off the radar of many people and it hasn’t necessarily received the attention it truly deserves. That is something we wanted to change.
Thus year, we made the decision to sponsor the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic. We felt it was a way to directly support something that gives back to our men and women who serve our country so bravely.
Proceeds from the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic will benefit the Wounded Warrior project and the Navy-Marine Corps Society.
Founded in 1904, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval services of the United States as well as eligible family members and survivors who are in need.
Because we believe in this worthy cause, in addition to sponsoring the Classic, we are also donating $111,111 to the Navy-Marine Corps Society.
The Wounded Warrior Project is dedicated to helping thousands of wounded warriors returning home from the current conflicts and to provide assistance to their families.
On behalf of all the great people in our family of companies, I would like to personally thank each and every one of our team members who have served and those who continue to serve.
You took a pledge to defend us and our country. Below you will see the list of veterans’ names. If we have somehow missed you, please let me know and I will update the e-mail.
If you see these folks around the office, please take a minute and thank them for their service.
I also wanted to let you know that we are committed to hiring more veterans and we applaud the Veterans Jobs Bill. Anything that will increase employment for the folks who served in Iraq and Afghanistan makes a ton of sense to me.
Be sure to check out Thread Nation for a special Veteran’s Day tribute to all our team members who have served so bravely.
Christopher Amez – Purchase Consultant
Erik Andary – Associate Banker
Lawrence Aquilina – Pres. Club Power Banker
Jason Arnet – Exec. Client Care Spec.
Steven Beattie – Suspense Analyst
James Beckstrom – Underwriter
Erik Berry – QLMS Closing Specialist
Ricardo Boozer – HUD Reviewer
Andrew Brown – Closing Care Rep
Robert Brus – Senior Business Analyst
Charles Chandler – Technical Supp Specialist
Jason Charles – Application Engineer
James Cherney – President’s Club Banker
Kathy Clark – Disbursement Analyst
Clayton Closson – Team Leader
Daniel Connell – Executive Mortgage Banker
Austin Conner – Senior Mortgage Banker
Terrell Cooper – Processor
Kelly Crawford – Telecom Engineer
Stephen Dahnke – Auditor
Jerry Davis – Closing Coordinator
Keith DeFour – Title Clearance Analyst
Stephanie Demps – Outbound Call Center Rep.
Andre DeWendt – Dialer Admin & ES Collect
William Dwyer – Executive Mortgage Banker
Michael Eash – Mortgage Banker
Michael Glunt – Mortgage Banker
Michael Gonzalez – Mortgage Banker
Jacque Gorris – Mortgage Banker
Venus Green – Executive Mortgage Banker
Chad Hall – Mortgage Banker
John Hart – .Net Developer
Joseph V Hernaez – Mortgage Banker
Shawn Hill – Sr. Team Relations Specialist
Timothy Hillman – External Staff Appraiser
Kevin Holland – Associate Banker
Ronald Holloman – Resolution Analyst
Curtis Houghmaster – Folder Receive Analyst
Adele Isabell – Sr. Research Specialist
Michael Jacques – Security Specialist
Todd Jennings -Executive Mortgage Banker
Mark Jones – Property Analyst
Diana Kaczmarek – Operations Director
Charles Kniffen – Suspense Analyst
Ann Marie Kramer – Pres. Club Power Banker
Matt Lauer – Sr. Data Warehouse Engineer
Christopher Lawter – Senior Mortgage Banker
Douglas Ledger- Closing Document Specialist
Adam Lesner – Executive Purchase Banker
Beverly List – Executive Assistant
Brandan Logan – Dir. of Mortgage Banking
Peter Louisell – President’s Club Banker
Thomas Lower – Dir. of Mortgage Banking
Gregory Lundgren – President’s Club Banker
Justin Machak – Dir. of Mortgage Banking
Kerrianne Mackin – Pres. Club Power Banker
Daniel Marderosian – Regional VP, Mortgage Banking
Jared Marusic – Associate Banker
Lisa McCain – Rock Construction
Robert McKenney – Pres. Club Power Banker
Steven McNiel- Suspense Consultant
Thomas McSwain – Senior Mortgage Banker
Travis Merrill – Facilities Tech
Frederick Milz – Facilities Tech
David Morrison – Telecom Engineer
Adnan Nasser – Closing Processor
Denise Naylor – Systems Analyst
Brian Neal – Senior Power Banker
Robert Noble – Associate Underwriter
Ralph Nunn – Account Executive
Terrence O’Connor – Dir. of Mortgage Banking
Joshua Offenberg – Senior Mortgage Banker
Kenneth Osborne – Software Engineer
Robert Parish – Senior Mortgage Banker
Jeffrey Paszko – Team Captain, Underwriting
Anthony Piccione – Associate Banker
Alma Piloni – Suspense Consultant
James Polk – Power Banker
Joshua Pomeroy – Exec Training Consultant
Bernard Ponder – Licensed Res. Title Agent
Gregory Priede – Mortgage Banker
Shaun Quigley – Senior Mortgage Banker
Lisa Rankin – Title Review Specialist
Richard Raskey- Mortgage Banker
Clinton Riley – Client Care Specialist
Justin Ripley – Client Care Specialist
Joe Roggero – Data Center Admin
Casey Romijn – Mortgage Banker
Roger Roskam – Business Analyst
Jeffrey Russo – Client Care Specialist
Terrell Sartor – Title Review Specialist
Michael Schaffner – Appraisal Analyst
Andrew Shell – President’s Club Banker
Joseph Simpson – Director, IT
Roy Skelton – Telecom Engineer
Mark Stoltz – Sr. Client Care Specialist
Clint Stroble – President’s Club Banker
Gary Sturm – Mortgage Banker
Richard Tuggle – Dir. of Mortgage Banking
William Upshaw – Associate Banker
Steven Urban – Sr. Appraisal Analyst
James Ureel – Contractor
Jeffrey Van Deusen – Senior Mortgage Banker
Evan Vanover – Pres. Club Power Banker
S-Paul Vonmueller – Senior Analyst
Sherald Whitfield – Suspense Analyst
Daniel Wiles – Web Designer
Ronald Wojnar – Sr. Systems Engineer
Edward Wolfe – Account Executive
James Woodworth – President’s Club Banker
Sean Wunsche – Mortgage Banker
Words can never our true gratitude.
I’ll leave you quote about Veterans Day from President John F. Kennedy, a veteran of WWII (he was a motor torpedo boat commander in the Navy).
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Happy Veterans Day!
Strength and Honor,
Strength and honor. Yes, that’s a great way to end this email, because that’s really what today is all about. From the bottom of my heart, I wish all U.S. veterans a happy Veterans Day – especially the ones facing difficulties and challenges on this great day.
I’ll leave you with a reminder to check out the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic tonight on ESPN. It should be a great basketball game and a great tribute to America’s service men and women.
I wish everyone a great day today. A truly great day.