Dan Gilbert and Peter Karmanos Bring Vision of Technology Future to Live Work Detroit Event

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Day-long event for college students showcases all Detroit has to offer

Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc. and Peter Karmanos, CEO of Compuware Corporation welcomed nearly 250 college students from 20 Michigan universities to the Compuware atrium to celebrate Live Work Detroit. Sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the event was held Friday, March 25 as part of a statewide effort to connect Michigan’s college graduates with Detroit and the local companies that are interested in retaining young talent in the region..

Gilbert emphasized the growing technology jobs available in Detroit, envisioning a future where Woodward Avenue will be known as “WEBward Avenue,” rivaling California’s Silicon Valley for innovative tech jobs.

The tour began at the Fillmore Theater, where students learned that Detroit is home to the second largest theater district in the nation, with more than 13,000 theater seats in a two-block radius. They also heard about the opportunity and community support in the city from Shannon Homes, Chief of Staff for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Jennifer Berkemeier, Special Events Director, Fillmore Theater.

From there, the students boarded buses for a tour of Detroit, hosted by the guides at Inside Detroit. Highlights included the Guardian building, Belle Isle, Eastern Market, Corktown, The Heidelberg Project, and the Avalon Bakery in Midtown.

The students, most graduating seniors, enjoyed docent-led tours at the Detroit Institute of Arts and learned of ongoing improvements in Midtown from University Cultural Center Association President, Sue Mosey.

At the evening reception, students networked with world-class companies based in downtown Detroit such as Quicken Loans, Compuware, Digitas, Marketing Associates and the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn. They also took tours of Quicken Loans’ vibrant and creative offices, as an example of the exciting work environments available downtown.

Many students commented about their newfound realizations of the city with excitement about all they had learned during the day.

About Quicken Loans Inc:
Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and among the five largest overall retail home lenders in the United States. The company closed a record $29 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2010, and recently closed its 1 millionth loan. Quicken Loans employs approximately 3,700 team members and generates loan production from five web centers located in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Michigan as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates for 2010. “QuickenLoans.com” has been named “Best of the Web” by Forbes and Money magazines. The company also has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the country’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” eight consecutive years, ranking as high as #2, and named in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for six years in a row. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in the Detroit Free Press’ ‘Top Workplaces of 2010’ List. The company recently moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its 3,700 full-time team members to downtown Detroit. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit http://www.quickenloans.com.

About Rock Holdings Inc:
Rock Holdings Inc. is the parent company for several financial services related businesses and employs over 4,000 team members. These client-focused and technologically-driven companies include Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online home lender and One Reverse Mortgage unit, the fastest growing reverse mortgage lender in America; Title Source, a nationwide leader of title insurance and settlement services; Quicken Loans Mortgage Services (QLMS), a mortgage origination platform servicing community banks and credit unions across the country; In-House Realty, the preferred real estate partner of Quicken Loans that matches clients with trusted real estate agents in all 50 states; and, Quizzle.com, the online innovator and website where consumers manage their home, money and credit. Rock Holdings, Inc. also recently moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit.

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