Meet a Team Member: Eric Udland

Eric Udland

We’re only as good as our team. Our teamwork is one of our company’s Core Values (ask any of us and we’ll tell you the rest of them). Every month we’d like to introduce you to another member of our awesome team. So far you’ve met all sorts of great folks. This month, we’re introducing you to the Account Manager for our Anchorage office, but also a tech for everybody, Eric Udland.

 

  • Name, and title and (to quote Office Space) “What would you say you do here?” Eric Udland, Account Manager. I do a mix of technical service work and client services, helping with purchase requests, contracts, and overall client satisfaction.
  • Hometown and how did you end up where you are? Was born in Spokane WA, moved to Sterling, AK, when I was 8, then Soldotna, AK, when I was about 13. Moved back to Anchorage when I finished college. My folks eventually returned to Spokane after retiring, so I followed after a couple of years. I still have a lot of family here so it has been nice getting caught up with everyone.
  • How did you end up at Weston? My friend Harald recruited me. We worked together previously at another technology firm.
  • Favorite part about Weston? The owners care about their people and do everything they can to accommodate their life goals. In my case, Brock could tell I wanted to be closer to my family, and offered me a chance to keep my job and move before I even brought it up. You don’t find a lot of employers like that.
  • What do you do for fun in your spare time? I’m lucky that I found a wife who loves all the things I do. If we aren’t playing outside together we’re enjoying our xbox.
  • What do you do in your spare time that nobody would guess? I love the ocean. I recently finished my first open water diver certification and started my advanced diver cert. I always had an interest as my dad was a rescue diver when I was a kid, but it was my wife who took me on my first scuba dive.
  • If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Someday we will discover faster than light travel. I’d love to be there to experience it and visit those uncharted places.
  • What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning the cat box. I do it daily. Luckily it takes only a minute.
  • If you had to pick one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Content. I’m very happy in this stage of my life.
  • If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? My dad’s dad. He passed before I had a chance to meet him.
  • Choose a movie title for the story of your life. The Life and Times of… ? I’d have to think about it some more.
  • If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why? Matthew McConaughey. He’d give viewers the impression I was cooler and better looking than I am in real life.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? I used to want to be a police officer.
  • If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? Fly
  • What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Jump out of an airplane at 11,000 feet. You don’t know for sure if that chute is going to open until you try it, and by then it’s already too late! I want to try one of those flying squirrel suits, but I need to get back in shape before pulling that stunt.
  • If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? Any Seattle Seahawks starting receiver. I think it’d be awesome to catch a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson. My second choice would be Darth Vader. Or maybe that would be my first choice… hmmm…
  • If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? A cat. They seem to have it pretty well figured out.
  • What is the worst pet you have ever had? I had a pet Tomato Frog named Orson back when I was a bachelor living in a two bedroom apartment. He looked like a red tomato and had a super loud croak like someone beating a couple of cardboard tubes together really fast. He sang only in the dead of night. He was in the other bedroom with the door closed, but it didn’t help.
  • How do you get your caffeine? I like it in all its forms. I actually have a full espresso bar in our kitchen.
  • What’s the strangest talent you have? I used to be able to smell coffee and tell you what blend it was, back when I was a coffee master with Starbucks. These days my total nerd talent is being able to play a video game simultaneously on two different computers with two different mice and two different keyboards. The monitors have to be side by side though or I lose track of where I’m at. Not even Matthew McConaughey can save my reputation now.
  • If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring? I guess it depends on if I’m going to be marooned or not.
  • Where’s Waldo? He’s around there somewhere.
  • A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? Has visto mi chihuahua?
  • If I opened your fridge, what would I see? Plenty of beer and wine, my wife’s leftovers from the last three restaurants, lots of condiments, partially stocked meat, cheese and veggie drawers.
  • Here’s $20. What are you going to do with it? Put it in my wallet. Thanks!

 

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