Evolve Leadership

Meet the people behind Evolve

Chris Tollefson
Chris TollefsonCMO
Over his 25 year career, Chris has led strategic technology programs for clients around the world. He founded Evolve because he believes that business today is on the cusp of radical change and his team is uniquely qualified to help clients make the most of it.

Before Evolve, Chris was Global Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Logic Information Systems where he led significant year over year growth under his leadership. Chris brings a deep commitment to client success to every challenge.

Chris holds a BS from St. Cloud State University and lives in Eagan where he enjoys coaching his two high school sons in baseball and hockey.

Jenell Scott
Jenell ScottVice President of Operations
As VP of Operations, Jenell is responsible for processes, systems, and functions to manage Evolve’s business and to drive overall profitability. Jenell is excited to build a business around cutting edge technology and create a culture that inspires great results at Evolve.

Prior to joining the founding team at Evolve, Jenell was the Director of Operations for Logic Information Systems from 2008 until 2015. While at Logic, she managed global operations during significant year-over-year growth, including large technology programs, business process, financial reporting and analysis, HR, IT, global expansion, and acquisitions. Before Logic, Jenell was a relationship manager with Chrysler Financial where she gained experience in finance, consultative sales, and business process optimization.

Jenell holds a BA from Hamline University and completed the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. When she’s not at work, Jenell enjoys golf, water skiing and spending time with her family and friends.

Adil Fakier
Adil FakierClient Executive
As Evolve’s Client Executive, Adil collaborates with vendor and client teams, putting methodology into action to bring programs to life. With over 14 years of implementation and technology leadership, Adil has spearheaded global implementations for some of the world’s top retailers. He provides the vision and action that holds global enterprise programs together and we’re thrilled to have him at Evolve.

Adil’s goal is to do nothing less than help revolutionize retail, starting from the ground up. Before Evolve, Adil worked at Oracle where he doubled the consulting revenue on the programs he managed by providing excellent value and results for customers.

Adil grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Information systems from Peninsula Technikon. Today he lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters and enjoys competitive squash and beach volleyball.

Jerome Ottenwaelter
Jerome OttenwaelterEngagement Director
As an Engagement Director at Evolve, Jerome drives customer satisfaction for Infor Retail customers from sales to delivery.

Jerome has lead large and complex transformation programs in North America, Europe and Asia. He has over 16 years of retail-focused consulting experience implementing and integrating systems in merchandising, planning and optimization, point-of-service and business intelligence.

Jerome’s previous experience includes work at Logic Information Systems, Retek, JDA, and Quantum Retail as well as Accenture.

Deanna Emsley
Deanna EmsleyEngagement Director
Deanna is a career-long retailer with over 25 years of experience. She also has 10+ years of leadership experience in retail consulting, including leading the Consulting Delivery team for Oracle Retail’s Planning, Supply Chain & Optimization practice. Deanna has worked with more than 100 retailers worldwide to deliver sustainable and transformational value.

As the Senior VP of Inventory Management at a multi-channel apparel and accessories retailer, Deanna re-engineered the roles, responsibilities and end-to-end processes of the planning organization. This included designing and delivering a best-of-breed planning system that encompassed assortment planning, item planning and merchandise financial planning capabilities.

Deanna has been married for 20 years and is a “Mom” to two 200 lb. dogs.

Jason Shiggs
Jason ShiggsSenior Consultant
In the last ten years, Jason has contributed extensively to retail planning and optimization applications for top global organizations. His deep expertise with Infor Implementation Accelerators and Infor Development Methodology ensures that programs move as quickly as possible.

Whatever Jason works on, he is fueled by finding new ways to help clients utilize groundbreaking technologies. He takes great pride managing in worry-free implementations.

Jason holds a BA in Management Information Systems from Loyola College in Maryland. He has lived in Saint Paul for well over a decade with his wife and two kids where he enjoys cycling and distance running.

Margie Tompkins
Margie Tompkins Project Manager
As a Project Manager at Evolve, Margie works hand in hand with vendors and the client team to understand the business objectives and project constraints in order to properly structure each project for success. Margie is passionate about project management and believes a realistic plan and honest communication are essential elements for every project.

Prior to joining Evolve, Margie worked on the client side as an IT Director and Project Manager. She’s driven projects with a variety of vendors and consultants to successfully implement critical retail software systems. Margie’s experience includes working with companies such as Retek, Oracle, Microstrategy, and Logic. This led Margie to many contacts on the vendor/consulting-side, which is what brought Margie to Evolve.

Margie holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas, along with a number of certificates and awards such as Master Project Manager and Corporate Manager of the Year. A true Minnesotan, Margie spends her free time hiking, golfing, paddle boarding, skiing and enjoying the beauty of Northern Minnesota. Margie and her husband have two sons and live in Duluth Minnesota.

Marta Velkers
Marta Velkers Senior Consultant
Marta has over 25 years of retail industry experience including 14 years at Nordstrom. She has experience in Store Operations. Financial/Assortment Planning, Replenishment Buying and Business Process Improvement.

Prior to coming to Evolve, Marta spent 5+ years as a Principal Consultant at Veltio. While at Veltio, she focused on Oracle Planning and Optimization implementations. Marta worked with a variety of retailers including AT&T, Forever 21, Disney and Kroger.

Marta holds a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington. On her off time, she enjoys golf, theatre and taking walks along the Chattahoochee River. Marta resides in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Zack Nees
Zack NeesSenior Consultant
Zack is a results-oriented Project Manager and Business Consultant with more than a decade of Retail Planning experience. Zack’s held several Planning leadership roles, where he has led large teams in complex organizations with over a billion dollars in annual revenue. He has lead transformational change through software solutions at some of the world’s largest multi-channel retailers.

Zack is skilled in merchandise financial planning, item management, and assortment planning disciplines. He is passionate about helping customers solve today’s complex retail planning problems.

Zack is a Pacific Northwest native who loves the outdoors. When he’s not working with customers, you can find Zack on the ski slopes, fly fishing a river, or living the “#VanLife” with his wife Kate and their chocolate lab Duder.

John Dykstra
John DykstraSenior Technical Consultant
John has over 26 years of experience in research & development and consulting positions. Recently, he has spent most of the last 15 years creating planning and optimization solutions for some of the largest retailers around the globe.

John is driven by his love of problem solving. Whether it be creating an entirely new solution, helping a client make the most of their existing solution or simply fixing a bug, he truly enjoys all of it.

John holds a BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He has lived in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for 26 years and his free time is spent with his family, running, playing volleyball, skiing or at the local dog parks.