In "Epic Tale" in the June 20 issue, Marc Eisen reports on the astonishing success of Epic Systems, the electronic medical records giant located in Verona, and its enigmatic founder and boss, Judy Faulkner, "the prime mover behind Epic." "A contemporary photo of Faulkner, 64, is impossible to find," Eisen says, "and a brief trade-news account of her 2002 speech to the Accelerate Madison tech group is treated by Epic watchers as the Rosetta Stone for understanding Epic's idiosyncratic approach to personnel." He continues: "Reclusive as she is, Faulkner's handprints are all over Epic. Her essential geekiness and love of fantasy are revealed in the campus detailing. The main entrance announces Epic's 'intergalactic headquarters' at 1979 Milky Way (yes, that's the company's address). A fanciful space theme, among others, runs through the first campus, including the Ganymede and Cassiopeia buildings." At 5,200 employees and counting, Epic is in the process of adding yet another complex of buildings to its Verona campus, this time with a farm motif. Faulkner remains enigmatic.
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