This hockey season, Quicken Loans, the nation’s fifth largest retail lender, and Fathead, maker of life-size vinyl wall graphics, will be the title sponsors of the Budd Lynch Veterans Suite. The suite is used to host veterans and active military personnel during every Red Wings home game and has been named in honor of Budd Lynch. A veteran of the Canadian Army who served during World War II and was wounded shortly after the Battle of Normandy, Lynch has been with the Red Wings for 61 years, first as a radio broadcaster, public relations director and now as public address announcer.
Quicken Loans and Fathead are owned by local Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert, who recently relocated company headquarters and 1,700 team members to the Compuware Building in downtown Detroit.
“When Quicken Loans moved to Woodward Avenue, we were ecstatic to have new neighbors that are dedicated to the state of Michigan and downtown Detroit,” said Steve Violetta, the Red Wings senior vice president of business affairs. “As we welcomed them to town, we found that we had several opportunities to help them achieve some of their goals. One of the most exciting parts of this relationship is that we will both be honoring our men and women of the armed forces with the Budd Lynch Veterans Suite.”
Other elements of the deal include virtual signage for Quicken Loans and Fathead that appear on the end glass in Red Wings’ home game broadcasts on FOX Sports Detroit, LED dasher board signage, radio commercials, print and Web advertising, external pole banner advertising from Compuware Center (Quicken Loans headquarters) to Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit, signage during College Hockey at the Joe contests, inclusion on the Red Wings general and targeted fan emails, and Fathead product placement in Detroit Red Wings retail outlets. Quicken Loans and Fathead will also receive tickets to Red Wings' home games and have committed to using them in community relations efforts throughout the season.
“We are excited to partner with the Detroit Red Wings and proud to sponsor the Budd Lynch Veterans Suite at the Joe,” said Jay Farner, president of Quicken Loans. “It is important to us that we recognize and honor the men and women of the military, who have risked their lives to ensure our safety and way of life.” About Detroit Red Wings: The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, a member of the National Hockey League, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Michael and/or Marian Ilitch own several other companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries, including: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kits Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit DetroitRedWings.com. 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 more than $25 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2009. Quicken Loans employs approximately 4,000 team members and generates loan production from five web centers located in Michigan, Ohio and Arizona. Quicken Loans also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Michigan as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. "QuickenLoans.com" has been named "Best of the Web" by Forbes and Money magazines. Quicken Loans has been named to Fortune magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies To Work For" seven consecutive years, ranking as high as #2. Quicken Loans has also been named in the top-15 of Computerworld magazine's "100 Best Places To Work In Technology" for six years in a row. The company recently moved its headquarters and 1,700 of its full-time team members to downtown Detroit. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit QuickenLoans.com. About Fathead LLC: Fathead LLC is the leading brand in sports and entertainment graphic products. Fathead products give fans the opportunity to bring their favorite passion or inspiration to life. Fathead products include Fathead Customs, Fathead Tradeables, Fathead Skins, and Fathead’s flagship “Real Big:” the officially licensed life-size, hi-def wall graphics of professional athletes, animated heroes, entertainment characters, team helmets and logos. Fathead maintains license agreements with leading consumer brands across many industries and professional sports leagues. For more information, visit Fathead.com.