The Evergreen Market
was founded in 2014 by Eric Gaston, Arne Nelson, and Jeff Anderson. They are three dads from Issaquah who met while their daughters were in the YMCA Y-Princesses. Each of the founders have diverse backgrounds, and it was their shared vision of creating a whole new way to experience retail cannabis that led them to opening Renton’s first cannabis store.
It All Started Long Before We Opened
Having spent over a year, and countless hours vetting the retail cannabis industry in Colorado, they took the best of the shops they visited and endeavored to create an unparalleled customer experience that had its foundation with the core values of Educate, Celebrate, Elevate. They believed going into this, that through educating customers on cannabis and the industry, and celebrating retail cannabis rather than apologizing for it, they could elevate both the industry and the lives of those it touched.
They believe that they were successful in creating something special, and something their families could be proud of. The result of their journey was the creation of a retail space where newbies and enthusiasts alike could come and shop for the very best cannabis that Washington state has to offer in an environment that fosters learning, exploration, and joy.
Washington cannabis has always been among the best in the world, and the Evergreen Market exists as a showcase for the growers and producers who have made their love and passion for cannabis their life’s work.
Our Leadership Team
The Evergreen Market was founded in 2014 by Eric Gaston, Arne Nelson, and Jeff Anderson. They are three dads from Issaquah who met while their daughters were in the YMCA Y-Princesses.
Prior to entering into the cannabis business Eric was a criminal defense attorney at a point in his career where getting up every day to go fight with other lawyers stopped being fun and rewarding. Arne, who spent his previous life launching tech startups and raising venture capital, was at a point where he wanted to use his gifts for building something new and meaningful. And Jeff, a lifelong entrepreneur and owner of a successful e-commerce company, saw an opportunity to create a business from the ground up in a brand new industry. Each brought a unique skill set to the partnership, and it was their shared commitment to each other to create a store and a brand that they could be proud of.
Arne is co-founder of Evergreen Market, bringing legal cannabis operational experience to this endeavor since 2015. Prior to Evergreen Market, Arne spent nearly two decades in senior executive roles for global corporations. A seasoned executive and entrepreneur, Arne cut his business development teeth with a two-year stint opening new markets in China for global manufacturing technology leader Cincinnati Milacron. He then served in management roles with technology leaders Aldus, Adobe Systems, and Microsoft, and as CEO and COO raised venture capital and built sales and marketing teams for high technology startups. Arne brings strong international, corporate, and early-stage technology, internet and medical device company experience and a proven track record of change management in dynamic environments. He is also skilled in building cohesive onsite and virtual teams, building process, and measuring results against plan.
As a Co-Founder of Evergreen Market in 2015, Jeff helped develop and lead the company. His focus has been on processes, procedures, operations, and finance. As a proven veteran of retail, Jeff helps ensure the balance between a great customer experience and business success. He is a proud father of 2 grown daughters, happily married for 25+ years, and enjoys golf and spending time on Puget Sound.
As CEO of Evergreen Market, Shannon brings her passion for best-in-class retail and customer service. She is a hands-on leader, Shannon is the CEO of Evergreen Market a multi-state retailer headquartered in WA and expanding into CA. She began working in the cannabis industry after 25+ years of working in the global financial markets coinciding with the recreational legalization in the state of WA in 2015.
Director of Product & Marketing
Porcia has been a member of the Evergreen Market team since February 2016. She started in the industry in early 2010, working at various glass shops, art galleries, and medical dispensaries before crossing into the recreational market in 2015. She brings a skill set of 10+ years of retail experience coupled with her long-standing passion for the cannabis plant. As the Director of Marketing & Product at the Evergreen Market, her focus infuses key details and fundamental elements from Purchasing and Marketing to create a powerhouse of innovation in process efficiency and data analysis.
In February 2020 Seth joined Evergreen Market and is the manager of the Accounts Payable, Payroll, Accounting, and Finance departments. He provides monthly budgeting and forecasting financials to the CEO and founders to ensure business goals are met. He brings 7 years of professional accounting experience, obtained working for a Fortune 500 company in the health care industry. He specializes in financial reporting, management, and providing sound economic projections.