Evolution Markets was founded in 2000 by seasoned commodity brokers, who were are the forefront of carbon, renewable energy, and other environmental markets. The principals still run the firm – backed by an experienced executive team. Overtime, Evolution Markets has grown into a leader in global commodity markets poised for continued growth.
Commodity markets innovator Andrew Ertel is the founder and Executive Chairman of Evolution Markets. He began his career in the oil and natural gas trading pits of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) before transitioning 25 years ago to brokerage of emerging environmental commodity markets. Mr. Ertel built one of the first carbon brokerage teams and transacted his first carbon deal in 1994. He founded Evolution Markets as one of the first dedicated energy and environmental markets brokerage firms and has since grown it into a pre-eminent firm in the space.
Mr. Zaborowsky is the President and Head of Brokerage Services for Evolution Markets. A co-founder of Evolution Markets and a pioneer of environmental markets, Mr. Zaborowsky has experience as both a trader and a broker. He manages Evolution Markets global brokerage groups, which serves nearly two dozen energy and environmental commodity markets. Prior to founding Evolution Markets, Mr. Zaborowsky spent 15 years in the energy industry, including facilitating many of the milestone trades in environmental commodities as a broker at Natsource LLC.
Stephen Semenza is the Chief Financial Officer of Evolution Markets. Mr. Semenza is responsible for all financial matters at the company, as well as directing the corporation’s accounting, financial reporting, budget, and risk management systems. In addition, he leads Evolution Markets compliance in all global regulated commodity markets and oversees the company’s global operations. Prior to joining Evolution Markets, Mr. Semenza was a Senior Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Semenza has also held senior corporate finance roles at Ryan Beck and Hoenig & Co., Inc. Mr. Semenza is a Certified Public Accountant.
Evan Ard is the Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Markets. Mr. Ard is responsible for global corporate management of the business, as well as charting the firm’s strategic direction and overseeing the expansion of its service offerings. Previously he led Evolution Markets business development and strategy, including identification of new markets, strategic partnerships, new business acquisitions, new product and service introductions, and organic business growth. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ard worked at the New York-based public relations agency Southard Communications and Northern States Power Company and its subsidiary NRG Energy.
Matthew Knox is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Evolution Markets. Mr. Knox directs all corporate legal matters and contributes strategic counsel for firm-wide business development. Previously, he was Deputy General Counsel at Investment Technology Group (acquired by Virtu Financial) and an Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Mr. Knox has a juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law.