My word, what a year for financial blunders. Well, technically “This Week in Financial Blunders” hasn’t been running for a full year, but the Zing Blog would be ill-advised not to include a “best of” list like every other publication in the blogosphere. Unfortunately, only people who work at Freddie Mac would read a “Top 12 Biggest Moves in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey” blog, so instead we’ve compiled our six favorite financial blunders from the past year. The biggest, weirdest, saddest and funniest are all here, so read them and weep. Weep for joy or sadness, whichever you prefer.
He thanks Quicken Loans team members who served, reminds us how important service to country is, and always includes an inspirational quote or passage. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, I always appreciate the email, and I’ve shared it on our blog the past few years. So, of course I’ll share the email he sent out today.
Have a happy Veterans Day, Zing readers.
I hope you enjoy reading Bill’s email as much as I do.
Good morning everyone,
As most of you know, today is Veterans Day, a day created to commemorate the service to our country that so many have chosen to give.
To men and women who cast aside their own thoughts of safety and welfare, and instead thought about the safety and welfare of others.
To men and women who risked life and limb to protect the very nature of the freedoms that our founding fathers thought so noble.
To men and women who served our country so proudly that the rest of us could sleep under the blanket of the freedom that they provide.
Words will never truly demonstrate the appreciation that we all have and should have for the sacrifice our veterans have made. The sacrifice of time with their families and friends. The sacrifice of their blood, sweat and tears.
But while words may never truly demonstrate our appreciation, we still need to say thank you for the service all of our military personnel have given and still give today.
If you have the time, check out the NASCAR race running today in Phoenix, Arizona. Quicken Loans has the car today and it has a special paint scheme to commemorate Veterans Day. It also has 250 black and white pictures of veterans who have not only served their county but also chose to do a loan with Quicken Loans. Race coverage starts today at 2:00 pm ET on ESPN. (editor’s note: Ryan Newman finished a strong 5th in the race. Go here to see a time-lapse video of the #39 Chevy Impala being wrapped in the Veterans Day paint scheme.)
I am also including a video clip that was sent to me by Kristen Johnson, one of our Business Analysts. It shows us what hard work and commitment are all about when a young veteran works to fulfill a promise to a fallen comrade and chooses to try and walk on to play football at the University of Clemson.
Below is a list of team members who have served our country. We hope we have all of you represented, but if not, let me know and we will add you to the list.
Abadie Preston Dir. IT Allison Casey Associate Banker Aluise Frank External Staff Appraiser Amez Christopher President’s Club Banker Andary Erik Fresh Start Consultant Aquilina Lawrence PC Power Banker Arnet Jason Underwriter QL Banks Frances Account Specialist Barnes Belinda Business Analyst Beattie Steven Suspense Analyst Beckstrom James Suspense Analyst Berry Erik Team Captain Billingslea Darrin Purchase Closing Spec. Boozer Ricardo HUD Reviewer Bostain Christopher Vendor Analyst Braden Tiffany Sr. Client Care Spec. Brocker-Querio Michael Int Reg Staff Appraiser Brus Robert Sr. Business Analyst Canty Matthew Client Care Specialist Champagne Robert Account Specialist Chandler Charles Desktop Technician Charles Jason Team Leader Cherney James President’s Club Banker Clark Kathy Disbursement Analyst Closson Clayton Dir. Content Colling Gregory Account Specialist Conner Austin Exec. Power Banker, TC Connor Michael Appraisal Review Analyst Cooper Terrell Repair Coordinator Cooper Timothy Software Engineer Crawford Kelly Telecom Engineer Crosetto James External Staff Appraiser Dahnke Stephen CEMA Specialist Dailey Phillip Project Manager Davis Jerry Title Clearance Analyst Davis Gerald Associate Examiner DeClue Joshua Associate Banker DeFour Keith Title Clearance Analyst Dellinger Laura Power Banker Demaggio James Associate Banker DeWendt Andre Dialer Admin & ES Collect Duff Shaun Underwriter QL Duncan Regina Underwriter QL Dwyer William Executive Power Banker NV Eash Michael Power Banker East Rebecca Assoc Team Relations Spec Ernstrom Andrew Power Banker Gardner John Recruiter Gardner Sarah Recording Analyst Gingras Richard Software Engineer Gonwicha William Associate Banker Gonzalez Michael Sr. Power Banker Gooden Jau’nice Vendor Service Specialist Gorecki Thomas Power Banker Gorris Jacque Power Banker Grabowski Michael Power Banker Green Venus Executive Mortgage Banker Guerrero Faith Closing Care Rep. Haley Ian Escrow Specialist Hamilton John Underwriter QL Hamling Jordan Power Banker Hart John Software Engineer Holland Kevin Mortgage Banker Houghmaster Curtis Quality Assurance Analyst Houk Phillip Power Banker Ianitelli Joseph Power Banker Isabell Adele Sr. Research Specialist Jackson Randolph Power Banker Jacobsen Robert Underwriter QL Jacques Michael Security Spec. Jennings Todd PC Power Banker Jones Ryan Information Risk Spec. Jones Mark Property Analyst Kaczmarek Diana Operations Director Kaines Brandon Sec Ops Cmnd Ctr Operator Kapler Grace Closing Coordinator Khurram Mian Intern Kniffen Charles Suspense Analyst Kramer Ann Marie Executive Power Banker Lauer Matthew Data Engineer Ledger Douglas Closing Document Spec. Lemmo Nicholas Associate Banker List Beverly Executive Assistant Louisell Peter PC Power Banker Lundgren Gregory President’s Club Banker Machak Justin Dir. of Mortgage Banking Mackin Kerrianne Exec. Power Banker, TC Magowan Merrill Power Banker Marshall James Document Specialist Marusic Jared Power Banker Masternak Sean Account Specialist McCain Lisa Community Manager McCathern Charmeen Preclose Specialist McKenney Robert PC Power Banker McNiel Steven PC Solution Consultant McSwain Thomas Sr. Mortgage Banker Medrano Henry Power Banker Merrill Travis Facilities Tech Milz Frederick Facilities Tech Mitchell Joseph Software Engineer Morrison David Telecom Engineer Morse James Power Banker Mrowca Michael Power Banker Naylor Denise Systems Analyst Neal Brian Executive Power Banker Noble Robert FSO Underwriter Nunn Ralph Account Executive (NC) O’Connor Terrence Dir. of Mortgage Banking Offenberg Joshua Executive Power Banker O’Neal Erik Closing Care Rep. Osborne Kenneth Software Engineer Parish Robert Sr. Power Banker Paszko Jeffrey Team Leader Perez Jan Default Specialist Piccione Anthony Purchase Banker Piloni Alma PC Solution Consultant Polak Zachary Closing Care Rep. Pomeroy Joshua Exec. Training Consultant Ponder Bernard Licensed Res. Title Agent Proctor Christina Junior Underwriter Quigley Shaun Sr. Power Banker Richeson William Power Banker Riley Clinton Team Captain Ripley Justin Team Captain Roggero Joseph Data Center Admin Rowley Jeremy Closing Coordinator Russo Jeffrey Security Administrator Santimore Matthew Systems Engineer Sartor Terrell Title Review Specialist Skelton Roy Telecom Engineer Smith Jack Client Care Specialist Smolinski John Title Communication Spec Stevens Robert External Staff Appraiser Stoltz Mark Team Leader Stroble Clint Executive Mortgage Banker Sturm Gary Mortgage Banker Swearingen Ryan Power Banker Thomas Preston Associate Underwriter Tilmon Donnell Associate Banker Tipa Carolyn Associate Banker Tuggle Richard Dir. of Mortgage Banking Tulevski Robert Power Banker Upshaw William Title Communication Spec Urban Steven Team Captain Ureel James Contractor Van Deusen Jeffrey Sr. Power Banker Vanover Evan PC Power Banker Verbeeren Eric SQA Analyst Victor Lisa Underwriter QL Vivona Joseph Power Banker Vonmueller S-Paul Sr. Analyst Walker Shawn Purchase Banker Wallace Gary Client Care Specialist Waskowski Mark Disbursement Analyst Way Robert Team Leader West Michael Power Banker Whitfield Sherald Suspense Analyst Wiles Daniel Web Designer Wojnar Ronald Sr. Systems Engineer Wolfe Edward Account Executive (NC) Woodworth James President’s Club Banker Wylie Jerrell Closing Coordinator
And to end this email, see below the Gettysburg Address, given by Abraham Lincoln at the consecration ceremony at the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, PA. One of the most impactful 2+ minutes in history.
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Thanks to all the veterans who have served so faithfully!!
Happy Veterans Day.
Strength and honor,