Leadership

leadership

LEADERSHIP AND

CULTURE AT EVOLVE

Evolve is led by thought leaders in technology and hospitality

with widespread backgrounds and passion for innovation & creativity.

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EVOLVE LEADERSHIP

Evolve Controls is defining the future of connected spaces. Our proven, highly intuitive room automation platform creates memorable guest experiences while reducing costs and providing sustainable and environmental friendly spaces. Our scalable platform guides our customers’ technical road maps, solving today’s needs and tomorrows problems.

Evolve designs, installs and monitors solutions for any company seeking connected rooms. We offer services for numerous markets, with a strong focus on hospitality. Here’s a behind the scenes look at our management team.

MEET THE TEAM

Evolve is led by experienced executives who set high standards for their respective teams.

Kristin Miller

Chief Executive Officer

Kristin is a seasoned executive, leader and strategist, with a proven track record for building successful businesses organically. She is a general manager with significant experience in driving operational excellence across all business functions with effective results. Prior to joining Evolve, Kristin headed up the Enterprise team within the Energy and Environmental Solutions business segment for Siemens. In addition, Kristin ran her own consulting firms, worked at MAN Roland, Metal Management and Otis Elevator in a variety of roles. Kristin has a bachelor’s in marketing from Indiana University and earned an MBA from Harvard University

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Jana Hermann

Vice President of Sales

Jana Hermann has over 25 years of experience in sales, general management, and executive sales management. As Vice President of Sales, she is responsible for developing and managing a sales force that covers the US hospitality market. Her areas of expertise include sales strategy, strategic account planning, and operations management. She has expertise in building and leading top-performing teams while implementing change to optimize results. Jana has worked in various sales and executive management positions during her 25+ year career with ROLM, IBM and Siemens. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from Eastern Illinois University.

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Rick Bess

Director, Product Management & Marketing

Rick has over 30 years of business experience in technology research, product development, product management, and outbound marketing. In addition, he has deep skills & experience with enterprise and start-up innovation practices.

Rick has successfully worked with a wide range of products including Simulation & Training systems, CAD software, 3D Graphics and Video Games, Virtual Reality, Consumer electronics, embedded software, Mobile device software, Creative & Business software tools, and SaaS based Enterprise system solutions.

Rick has worked for large companies such as the Boeing Company, and Adobe Systems as well as medium size companies including BBN, Multigen, Quantum3D, and Brightidea. He is a veteran of multiple venture backed high growth technology start-up companies.

Rick earned a BS Aerospace Engineering from Kansas University, and graduated from Stanford University’s Executive Institute for Management of High Technology Companies.

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Chetna Gupta

Sr. Director of Engineering

Chetna Gupta serves as Sr. Director Of Engineering and is responsible for product and technology strategy, management, and development. She joins Evolve following 20 years of experience developing technology platforms that have driven growth in a wide range of industries, including insurance and banking services as well as the mortgage fulfillment industry. Her experience includes leading multiple products through alpha/beta development into general availability. She earned her M.S. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Caroline Mallady

Corporate Controller

Caroline is an experienced Financial Executive who has worked in several industries building World Class Accounting Teams with the directive to provide accurate, timely, and insightful information to drive business growth. As Corporate Controller, she is responsible for Finance and Human Resources at Evolve. Prior to joining Evolve, Caroline was the VP, Controller at Cision US. In addition, she has held Senior Financial positions at Millward Brown, A&R Transport and Hoekstra Transportation. She is a registered CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Lewis University, and an MBA from DePaul University.

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Scott Brennan

Vice President of Operations & Service

Scott Brennan serves as Vice President of Operations and Service, responsible for oversight of the company’s operations and service functions.  He joined Evolve with 16 years of energy management, automation controls and mechanical services experience, primarily focused in the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. Prior to joining Evolve, Scott worked for Siemens Industry, Building Automations, serving in service, sales and management roles.

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