Meet the Team

Bill Harle Sr. Software Engineer

Bill Harle, Sr. Software Engineer

Bill Harle bends code to his will inside the software of UpCity.com. He's spent the last ten years learning all things web while specializing in Ruby on Rails since 2006. He was previously a web developer at Wine Library, Sorrelli Jewelry, and the Notre Dame Web Group. Bill holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Jim Holcomb Director of Partnerships

Jim Holcomb, Director of Partnerships

Jim Holcomb oversees UpCity's reseller and affiliate partnerships and manages the in-bound sales program. As a management generalist, Jim spent more than 20 years working with private, public, and non-profit organizations. His sales and marketing experience includes engagements ranging from Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietorships. Jim gets great satisfaction helping small businesses use transformational marketing technologies to grow and compete in their rapidly changing marketplaces. Jim has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.

Dan Olson CEO

Dan Olson, CEO

Dan Olson joined UpCity in 2009. Prior to UpCity, Dan was a Vice President and early employee at Performics where he helped create the search marketing practice. During Dan's tenure, Performics became the largest search marketing agency in the US and was sold to DoubleClick, Google and eventually to the Publicis Groupe in 2008. Dan earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Fred Polgardy Sr. Software Engineer

Fred Polgardy, Sr. Software Engineer

Fred Polgardy crafts the software that powers the UpCity.com user experience. Before coming to UpCity, Fred was a senior consultant with Obtiva — the team of craftsmen acquired by Groupon in 2011 — and Bitovi, where he brought his mastery of web development to numerous projects from the start-up garage to the enterprise. Fred speaks regularly at Chicagoland developer groups about JavaScript and modern web technologies. Fred holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Wheaton College.

Julie Zare Director of Client Services

Julie Zare, Director of Client Services

Julie Zare leads the account management and client engagement strategies at UpCity. Julie is responsible for developing and executing strategies to build client services and ensure satisfaction. She also helps direct the content and social media strategies. Julie previously worked in media planning and account management at Razorfish, a leading international digital marketing agency. Julie earned a bachelor's degree in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa.

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