Joshua T Kalis he/him/his

I build great teams and excellent software.

Technology leader, deeply passionate about fostering great teams to solve challenging problems under a shared vision and common goals. Proven ability to deliver mission-critical, high-profile projects on tight deadlines. Diversity and inclusion champion, skilled in developing healthy organizations built on mutual respect, transparency, and candid communication.


Visiting Media

May 2023 - Current

Software Engineering Team Lead

Transformed the engineering organization to align with best-in-class practices for product development and delivery, utilizing: automation in CI/CD pipelines, ephemeral non-production deployment environments, integrated quality assurance automation, product development and engineering collaboration processes.

Guaranteed Rate

Dec 2021 - Jul 2022

Software Engineering Team Lead

Rocket Mortgage / Quicken Loans

Mar 2018 - Dec 2021

Software Engineering Team Lead

Built and developed a robust Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team entrusted with ensuring the dependability of client and partner-facing digital storefronts, fortifying the company's infrastructure, overseeing post-incident response, spearheading API development initiatives, and executing ad hoc projects.

Rocket Mortgage / Quicken Loans

Nov 2015 - Mar 2018

Software Architect

Promoted to a multifaceted role blending technical leadership, rapid learning, and engineering excellence. Amidst many dynamic changes, and a period of significant transformation marked by a cloud migration, steering high-visibility, high-impact projects such as Super Bowl commercials and the Billion Dollar Bracket.

Rocket Mortgage / Quicken Loans

Apr 2012 - Nov 2015

Senior Software Engineer & Technical Lead

Handpicked as the sole frontend engineer on a team dedicated to ideation and initial development for Rocket Mortgage, a groundbreaking endeavor in the mortgage industry. Played a pivotal role in shaping the early stages of this transformative initiative, contributing expertise in frontend development.

Centurion Medical Products

Sep 2010 - Apr 2012

Senior Software Engineer

Michigan State University - Academic Information Systems

Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

Senior Software Engineer

Michigan State University - International Business Center

Apr 2003 - Sep 2008

Software Engineer & Technical Lead


Michigan State University

May 2006

Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media - BA

Non-Information Technology

Aquamen Landscaping, White Lake, MI

Landscape Designer/Owner

Apr 2001 - Aug 2005

  • Designed and installed landscapes and built structures
  • Collected accounts payable and purchased requisite supplies

Meridian Lawn Care & Snow Removal, Meridian Twp, MI

Landscaping Coordinator

Feb 2003 - Sep 2004

  • Collaborative design with customers
  • Purchased materials for landscapes in excess of $50,000

Case Residence Hall Cafeteria [MSU], East Lansing, MI


Mar 2002 - Apr 2003

  • Prepared and served food - 2000 meals per day
  • Mentored 3 students per semester in proper food preparation

Cobra Enterprises, Madison Heights, MI


Jun 1999 - Jan 2002

  • Refined production of multi-million dollar prototype manufacturing jobs
  • Modified machining techniques to reduce down time
  • Verified quality control specifications

Video Giant, Sterling Heights, MI

Store Manager

Sep 1996 - Apr 1999

  • Regulated inventory and reduced theft in 7 stores
  • Employee relations including: scheduling, hiring, and firing
  • Trained 40 employees each year

Wheeler & Sons Construction, Independence Twp, MI


May 1996 - Aug 1996

  • Basic structural framing in residential housing
  • Manual labor organizing building materials

Sweetwater’s Bistro, Keego Harbor, MI

Swing Cook

Sep 1994 - May 1996

  • Mediated service of an average of 900 meals per night
  • Adapted to work in high demand environments