Retail: Top things to know in the Cannabis Industry
Neil Juneja is the founder and managing partner of Gleam Law.Neil has written numerous articles on cannabis law and intellectual property and spoken at events including in the National Mall in Washington DC, Seattle Hempfest, Continuing Legal Education seminars, and many cannabis industry events. Neil also appeared in Newsweek, Time Magazine, and on several documentaries for his work in the cannabis legal industry. He has been awarded numerous accolades including selection as one of the 40 under 40 most influential people in the cannabis industry, five SuperLawyer’s Rising Star awards, and the National Law Journal Cannabis Trailblazer award.
Julia Lee is from Denver, Colorado where she first stepped into the cannabis industry in 2014 after leaving the Colorado School of Mines where she studied Petroleum Engineering to work at the front desk of dispensary. Since then, Julia has relished the experience of cultivating her cannabis career. While in Denver, Julia had the opportunity to work as a budtender, retail store manager, operations manager for a CO2 extraction lab, and operations manager for a vertically integrated company. After moving to Washington State in 2017, she held the role of operations manager for The Cannabis Alliance, a nonprofit trade organization that lobbies and advocates for the equitability and sustainability of cannabis businesses. Julia is also an alumni staff member of Cannabis Observer, a team of citizen observers and advocates who create outstanding information about cannabis policymaking in Washington state for stakeholders, the public, and policymakers. Today Julia is the operations manager of Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, one of the top-selling cannabis retail chains in Washington. She also serves as an advisory board member for Tombolo Institute’s Design Thinking Program at Bellevue College and was featured in Marijuana Ventures 40 Under 40 issue for 2020. Julia believes that teams who practice shared operationalized values, communicate clear expectations, and embrace vulnerability can make magic happen.
Shannon Vetto’s passion for customer service, background in investments, and keen sense of leadership make her an ideal CEO of the Evergreen Market. She is a natural mentor with an abundance of experience leading teams, developing strategy, and being the catalyst that takes companies to the next level. Shannon originally joined the Evergreen team as Chief Strategy Officer, and after spending years helping direct the company and going above and beyond her duties, when the time came to name our CEO, she was the obvious choice.
Shannon treasures the customer experience. She believes in prioritizing how we treat people and making sure our staff is trained to deliver the best experience that Washington retail has to offer. Her vision for Evergreen Market is not limited to being best-in-class within the cannabis industry– Shannon believes Evergreen Market is best-in-class retail for any industry.