Evolve Leadership

Meet the people behind Evolve

Chris Tollefson
Chris TollefsonCEO
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 ScottCOO
As COO, 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 FakierVP of Delivery
As Evolve’s Vice President of Delivery, 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.

Sherry Kendzejeski
Sherry KendzejeskiClient Executive
Sherry brings more than 25 years of experience in retail, including direct leadership roles at Guess and Wet Seal. She has served in an advisory capacity to retailers and partnered with global clients across fast fashion, apparel, food / grocery, department store, home interior, and the consumer electronics segments.

Sherry is industry recognized for her client-first focus and deep vertical domain knowledge. Previous roles include Partner at Logic Information Systems, VP of Planning and Merchandising Sales and Solutions with OLR, and as a Senior Software Account Executive within Oracle’s Retail Global Business Unit prior taking the role of Client Executive at Evolve. Sherry’s unique skillset blending her software sales experience with her many years of retail consulting enhances credibility with the strategic advisory sales offering to our clients.

When Sherry isn’t working you can find her at the beach, enjoying Pilates or just enjoying time spent with her family and friends in her hometown of Newport Beach, California.

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.

Brian Rosenberg
Brian RosenbergSenior Consultant
With over 20 years of implementing disruptive technologies to improve business processes and value streams across retailers of varying size, Brian has experience across numerous retail verticals including apparel, jewelry, grocery, electronics, pet supply, hardlines, and telecom.

Brian’s focus is on process improvement and user adoption of technology within the supply chain planning functions to increase productivity, decrease inventory, and improve customer centricity.
Prior to joining Evolve, Brian has held senior level consulting roles at Accenture and Logic Information Systems and managed planning teams at Marshall Fields (a former division of Target Corporation) and Macy’s. Brian prides himself in collaborating with organizational leaders and applying his entrepreneurial spirit to establish methodologies and processes to implement low-risk and impactful programs for organizations.

Brian holds a BS in Entrepreneurial Studies from the Carlson School of Management. He resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife, two children and dog. On his time off, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, biking, and brewing.