The Evanston Group, Inc.
The Evanston Group, Inc. (TEG) is a Life Sciences consulting firm providing best in-class specialists to the industry’s largest global leaders. With thousands of engagements since our founding in 1999, we provide program leadership and high-caliber life sciences expertise to meet executive needs. We’re proud to deliver white-glove service while engaging with our clients to provide consulting services that will not only define their teams, but leave behind the tools for long-term success.
The Evanston Group’s consultants represent command-level knowledge in all sectors of the Life Sciences industry. At TEG, we start with your needs, and provide consultants who will meet those needs from concept to completion, making a difference, not just now, but long after their work is done.
The Evanston Group, Inc. is WBENC certified and provides a true strategic partnership delivered with the highest level of service. We are NICHE: Nimble, Innovative, Collaborative, Honest, and Excellent.
CEO, Owner, & Co-Founder
Kay has provided consulting services to Fortune 500 executives for the past twenty years, beginning in the Chicago-area and growing to nationally. Her primary focus has been selling large projects and as a result was involved in assessing and staffing the leadership for these efforts.
For over ten years Kay was a successful sales executive for two large integrators, Cap Gemini America (now CGEY) and Keane, Inc. For several years prior to starting the Evanston Group, she was the director for a project-based niche consulting firm where she worked with the owners and practice managers to develop IT solutions and hire senior leadership.
Kay began to see an opportunity in the industry. Many firms provided staff augmentation by subcontracting lower-level IT talent (programming, data entry, etc.). At the leadership end, the large integrators and boutique solution firms provided management consultants as part of outsourced projects. However, no one was focused on marketing the senior- level, independent management consultant on a one-at-a-time or small team basis.
In early 1999, Kay turned down a job offer from a Big Six consulting firm and, along with her partner (and husband) Michael, founded The Evanston Group, Inc. (TEG) Her vision was to become an effective broker for the best independent business and leadership talent in the industry.
After more than a decade serving a diverse client base, Kay realized that TEG was bringing the most value to our Pharmaceutical and Medical Device clients and shifted the company’s focus to serve the Life Sciences industry, exclusively.
Owner & Co-Founder
Prior to founding the Evanston Group in early 1999, Michael had ten years of corporate management experience followed by fourteen years in the not-for-profit sector. In these engagements, he developed his skills in operations, employee development, and management.
Michael played a major role as co-founder of the Evanston Group, establishing a vision of excellence. He has been a leader in developing operational processes and standards that enable the company to provide high-quality service to clients and consultants.
Michael currently contributes to strategic company decisions.
Vice President of Finance & Operations
Dawn is responsible for Finance, Accounting, and Operations and manages a team of six. She joined The Evanston Group in January 2016 as Controller. In January 2017 she was promoted to Vice President-Finance and Operations and became a member of the Leadership Team.
Before joining The Evanston Group, Dawn held the roles of CFO and Controller at two multinational manufacturing and sales corporations and a privately-held startup. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Finance degree, she also holds a Master’s degree in Accounting. Dawn has served as a Member and Advisor to Boards of Directors and is an active volunteer in the Chicago-area.
Senior Vice President, Finance & Strategy
Tamara brings a broad business and information systems background to her leadership at the Evanston Group where she has overseen the company’s Finance and Operations since 2005. Tamara began her career as a Systems Engineer with IBM and was promoted through a number of roles, working as an Advisory Marketing Representative and Systems Engineer with the company in Chicago, St. Louis, and Dayton.
Tamara has volunteered and worked in the Evanston community for over 20 years and is an active community member who has served as Treasurer and then President of a notable community organization. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Computer and Information Science degree, Tamara also holds a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from Northwestern University.
Senior Vice President, Sales & Client Services
Don is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Services. He is responsible for all aspects of client relationships and consultant services at The Evanston Group. Don leads business development, client management, consulting & recruitment services.
Prior to joining The Evanston Group, Don has 15 years of sales and consulting leadership experience working with global organizations that focus within the life sciences, healthcare and information technology industries.