evolve24 Team

Anthony Sardella

Chief Executive Officer

Anthony (Tony) is the founder of evolve24 and leads the vision, strategy, and advancement of the Company. Tony is a visionary, entrepreneur and educator in the data analytics industry. His 30-year career includes serving as a Director of market analytics for a global biotechnology products company and leading strategy as the chief innovation officer for a major sales and marketing services organization. He is a faculty member of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and serves as Adjunct Professor of Business, lecturing on the nonmarket environment and its disruptive impact on business strategy. In building evolve24, Tony has steadily grown and developed the predictive data analytics company into an industry leader in expert statistical data research, analytical strategy initiatives, and behavioral and social science methodologies.

Robbie Mentle

Chief Financial Officer

Robbie is a result-oriented financial executive with a track record of delivering successful outcomes. He draws on his background in finance, M&A, strategic planning and operations to drive corporate growth while managing risk and ensuring financial discipline. Before joining evolve24 in May 2017, Robbie led the finance and corporate development functions for Lumeris, a venture-backed technology and healthcare company. He also spent 8+ years in various leadership positions at Peabody Energy. During Robbie’s tenure at Peabody, he served as head of finance and administration for the company’s Asia & Trading business unit, led the company’s Structured Transactions group, managed Peabody’s WV mining operations and he developed and led many of Peabody’s inorganic growth and portfolio management strategies in the U.S. and Asia. Robbie began his career in the investment banking group at A.G. Edwards and Sons. He holds an MBA and a BS in Accounting from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Ian Patterson

Chief Information Officer

For the past 3 decades Ian has been at the forefront of ensuring that the systems and technology utilized throughout the business environment are of the highest quality and efficiency. He brings to evolve24 a broad knowledge base and vast experience in providing the infrastructure necessary for a company to achieve both short and long-term growth and success. Prior to joining the evolve24 team, Ian guided the Scottrade IT organization through a transition phase as CIO that positioned the company for more than 10 years of growth during his tenure. His efforts were recognized by Computerworld when he was named to their Premier 100 IT Leaders list, which recognizes the country’s leading IT executives. His ability to envision not only the present needs of the organization and its customers but also the future direction of the business provides that perfect basis for Ian to lead the evolve24 IT team.

Mike Zafirovski

Board Member

Mike Zafirovski is founder/president of The Zaf Group, a private equity advisory and investment firm. The Blackstone Group is the firm's principal client where Mike is Chairman and Director of multiple Blackstone companies, as well as Executive Advisor assisting with CEO recruitment and appraisal of new deal opportunities. In addition to The Zaf Group's primary focus of driving value creation in Blackstone companies, the firm makes direct investments into family and privately-held businesses, including evolve24. Mike has a track record of respecting the heritage of family/privately-held businesses, while helping them achieve new levels of talent development, profitable growth, and operating performance.
Mike also sits on the Board of Directors of Boeing (since 2004) and Stericycle (since 2012).
Previously, in a 34-year corporate career, Mike served 21 years as CEO/President at Nortel, Motorola, and five GE businesses in the high-tech, industrial, consumer, and financial services industries. In 21 years of P&L responsibility, revenue growth exceeded 8% per year and EBITDA margin increases averaged 350bps per year.
Among his philanthropic activities, he is a Founding Director of Macedonia 2025, an organization dedicated to enhancing the country's economic and democracy development; Vice Chairman for the Academy of Urban School Leadership, an organization that helps turn around the most challenged public schools in Chicago; and Board Member of UI Labs, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative between universities and industry. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Chris Galvin

Board Member

Christopher Galvin is Chairman, CEO, and/or Co-Founder of Harrison Street Capital, LLC; Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC; Harrison Street Securities, LLC; and Gore Creek Asset Management LLC. Additional roles are serving as either Chairman or Board Member of UniqueSoft LLC, VelociData, evolve24, NanoMech Inc., MCR-Aerodyne Inc.
His current outside activities include: Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of Northwestern University's Board of Trustees; Executive Committee and member of Dean's Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern; American Enterprise Institute Board; Legion D'Honneur; Advisory Board of Tsinghua University School of Management and Economics (Beijing); the American Society of Corporate Executives; the Board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy of the US Department of State (ACIEP).
His former roles have been: Chairman and CEO of Motorola Inc.; Chairman of NAVTEQ Inc.; Chairman of Cleversafe Inc.; Chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council; member of the Bechtel Corporation's Board of Counselors; member of Business Council (U.S.); director of the Rand Corporation; member of the U.S. Department of Defense Manufacturing Board; member of the U.S. Department of Defense Science Board; advisor to the City of Tianjin, China; advisor to the CEO of Hong Kong; Chair of the Rhodes Scholars selection committee for Illinois-Michigan.
Mr. Galvin's departure from Motorola Inc. was most recently chronicled in Harvard Business School Professor, Ram Charam's book, Boards That Lead, published 2014.

Stephen Maritz

Board Member

As chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Maritz Holdings Inc. Steve Maritz represents the fourth generation of his family to lead the company. Maritz began in 1894 as a watch manufacturer and jewelry business. During the Great Depression, the Company transitioned into an incentive company, and has expanded from there into adjacent fields of Meeting, Event and Incentive travel, Channel Development and Market Research. In his role over Maritz Holdings, Steve searches for business opportunities that complement Maritz' core businesses.
Steve is active in the community serving on the boards of Laclede Group and the Missouri Botanical Garden. He is also the President of the Board of John Burroughs School and Board Chair of the St. Louis United Way.
Steve holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University. Married with three boys, Steve and his family live in St. Louis and enjoy pursuing their mutual interests of competitive sports and outdoor activities.

Dan Braga

Board Member

Dan Braga is a Partner at The Zaf Group, a private equity advisory and investment firm. He provides portfolio company support for The Blackstone Group (the firm’s principal client) and is part of the investment leadership team for direct investments in family and privately-held businesses, including evolve24.
Prior to joining The Zaf Group, Dan was with McKinsey & Company for 17 years, where he served as a partner in the Chicago Office. While at McKinsey, he collaborated with the senior leadership of clients in a wide range of industries globally to evaluate investment opportunities, shape strategic direction, and drive step-change improvements in operating performance.
Dan holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan (summa cum laude) and master's degrees from Harvard and MIT. He serves on the Leadership Council for the Economics Department at the University of Michigan, and is involved in a number of other education-related volunteer and pro bono activities.