Upland Software Execs Run for Local Charity

This past weekend three Upland software executives including Upland Software’s President Ludwig Melik, VP of Products Joe Larscheid and VP of Marketing Matt Barnett, participated in the Carlsbad Half Marathon in San Diego, CA. Over 7,000 racers lined up to run along San Diego’s North County coastal cities; it was a beautiful day! 

Race pics 1

With a few Upland cheerleaders in the crowd, the Upland executive team crossed the finish line successfully with ½ the marathoners still following behind.   

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Carlsbad Race Runners 2


It was a triumphant day for Upland execs who bravely attacked the physical challenge but it also served as a reminder to the rest of us that hope prevails.   Joe, Matt and Ludwig ran for Gavin, the 8 year old son of Ferdinand and Jan Marquez.  Ferdinand is a long time employee of Upland Software and has supported the EPM Live product line for over 9 years.  In 2009, Ferdinand’s son Gavin was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease.  Tay-Sachs is a rare and fatal hereditary disease caused by a genetic mutation that leaves the body unable to produce an enzyme (known as Hex-A) necessary for fat metabolism in nerve cells. Without this enzyme, central nervous system degeneration ensues. To learn more about Gavin’s story and Tay-Sachs disease, please visit the Hope for Gavin website at www.hopeforgavin.com

The Hope for Gavin marathon challenge worked like this:

  • 1st place winner (based on finish time) personally donated $25
  • 2nd place winner (based on finish time) personally donated $50
  • 3rd place winner (based on finish time) personally donated $100
  • Upland Software then matches 3rd place donation (x10) making an additional $1,000 donation to Hope for Gavin

Matt Barnett was the winner by time, but all three execs won that day, all choosing to donate $100 to the local charity.  By the end of the day, $1300 was raised for Hope for Gavin and we aren’t finished yet.  If you want to join our team and keep hope alive for Gavin, please feel free to visit the website and make a donation.  www.hopeforgavin.com.  Thank you Joe, Matt and Ludwig for supporting such a wonderful cause!


Upland Food Drive Challenge: EPM Live Takes the Prize!

This year has been an amazing year for EPM Live.  We have so much to be thankful for, we thought it only fitting to give something back to our community.  This week we launched our first annual Food Drive Challenge.   EPM Live joined forces with our entire Upland family including ComSci, FileBound, PowerSteering, and Tenrox.    Because we have so many giving employees (maybe a little competitive as well), we decided to make it a scavenger hunt race!  More than 100 Upland employees came together to form teams to join the fight against hunger.

Hunger facts, the reason we made the choice to fight hunger. Did you know that in the United States, 1 in 5 American children struggle with hunger and 3.5 million children die each year from starvation? According to The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or 1 in 8, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012.

During the food drive challenge, each team at our various offices across the US and Canada, had a designated one hour timeframe in which they would do whatever they could to collect as many canned and boxed goods as possible. Once they returned to the office, all items were tallied (certain items received more points than others) and the official Upland Food Drive Challenge winners were announced!

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Food Drive


It was a tough race but overall our San Diego office was able to collect the most items within the one hour timeframe.   Congratulations to Team Blue Falcon, our winning team and our champions until next year!

EPML Food Drive Winning team


Upland employees are truly making an impact and creating happier holidays for many families that need a little extra love and support during the holiday season. At Upland Software we have a little saying we like to use…..Do the Right Work, Do the Work Right!  It wouldn’t be “right” if we didn’t leverage our award-winning software to help us keep track!  Check out the Upland Food Challenge stats below (compliments of Upland Software Analytics!).  EPM Live and Upland Software wish all of our friends, families, partners and customers a very Merry Holiday season!

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Top 5 Teams_Food Drive 2013


EPM Live Project Software Company Summer Bash!

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” 
― Confucius

That’s my motto and it couldn’t be truer working for EPM Live. If you have ever joined us at the EPM Live headquarters for a boot camp, then you have met our lively team. When we’re not working on our award-winning project management software, we’re planning our next get together.

Our latest gathering was for our company beach party held at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, one of California’s most treasured beachfront resorts for more than 75 years. It was a beautiful day as we all gathered on the beach for food, drinks and lots of laughs.




My favorite part of the event was meeting everyone’s families and spending time with some fellow Uplanders. With the waves crashing in the background and the sun sneaking through the clouds, the kids played in the sand and danced in the waves.  It was a great day!





It’s always such a pleasure when I get to write about the fun experiences we have as EPM Live employees. Looking forward to our next gathering!

Interested in working for EPM Live or any of the Upland product lines? Check out all our career opportunities here! http://www.uplandsoftware.com/careers/