Quicken Loans Honors Military Service Members at Veterans Day Luncheon
At Quicken Loans, we want to be able to make every day Veterans Day. We love our veterans, so we decided to celebrate our team members who served in the military with lunch at the historic Detroit News Building. I had the chance to chat with some of the men and women who were there and hear what it meant to them to serve in the military.
US Coast Guard veteran Castana Taliaferro served three years in the military before joining Title Source, part of the Quicken Loans family of companies. “The best thing the Coast Guard has taught me is how to coexist with people of different races and different backgrounds,” said Taliaferro. “If you are on the water, there is no way to get away from people. You must learn to put your differences aside and make the journey together. “
For Robin Woody, former commander of the Army Battalion of the Air Missile Defense Forces, the military is a family matter. Along with her veteran husband, Woody served over 20 years and lived in eight different countries and eight different US states. “The military has become our family,” said Woody. “You have that instant confidence.”
After retiring in February 2016, Woody joined Quicken Loans as a Team Relations Specialist. “Quicken Loans culture is so much like military culture with its values,” said Woody. “It’s one of the things that really made me come here.”
Bill Emerson, CEO of Quicken Loans, spoke at the event, paying tribute to all of the veterans in attendance. “You are the salt of the earth,” says Emerson. “You make this country what it is. Thank you for your service.”
As each branch of the military was called to the buffet queue, service members in the room applauded. Woody summed up the feeling in the room when she said, “I’m so happy to be here. I left one family for another.
Today and every day
“True heroes walk among us daily – current and former members of our military – and yet these humble servants do not see themselves as heroes. They just see a commitment to defending our country that is as natural to them as it is to all of us to get up and go to work every day, ”said Emerson. “This commitment makes me constantly ask myself what I can do personally and what we can do as a collective enterprise to always show our support – and I encourage you to do the same. “
Offer VA loans serving military members and their families is part of our commitment to helping veterans every day, as is our Veterans hiring program. “By the end of the year, we will be over 600 veterans in this business,” Justin Mendoza, US Air Force veteran and head of the Quicken Loans recruiting team, announced over lunch.
Guest speaker James Ellsberry, who currently serves in the Navy, encouraged veterans in attendance to consider impacting the community through the fellowship program and service platoons. The mission continues, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that creates transformational change in neighborhoods across the country. He invited them to join him at future service events.
What have you done to honor the men and women who have served our country? Share your story in the comments section below!
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