Meet Our Team!

Eric Gaston
President

The Evergreen Market

Renton and Auburn 

In 2014, after 20 years in criminal litigation, Eric made the life changing decision to pivot into the world of legal cannabis.  With two partners from his neighborhood, the three collaborated to create the Evergreen Market brand of retail stores. At the Evergreen Market their focus has been on changing the narrative of cannabis around the core values of Educate, Celebrate and Elevate.

Alden Linn
Secretary

World of Weed 

Tacoma

Alden Linn is the CEO and Founder of World of Weed. Alden has 11 years of experience owning, operating, leading, and growing businesses in real estate, consumer goods and service industries. Before leading World of Weed, Alden worked 10 years in technology at Bsquare and Microsoft Research prior to Microsoft Advertising.  Alden then started Picky Sticky with his wife and then Talon Homes to invest in REO’s and Short Sales. Linn’s strength lies in opportunity analysis; his specialty is evaluating business opportunities and crafting and implementing the vision and strategies necessary to drive financial growth. Alden particularly enjoys building teams and mentoring staff.  Through creating and nurturing long lasting relationships Alden is very good at effecting change. Along with his wife Tisha, and their two children, Alden likes to spend time snow skiing, snowboarding, surfing, boating, waterskiing and wake surfing. Alden believes strongly in a philanthropic commitment to his community and regularly donates and contributes to organizations like TACS, Vulnerable Person Charity and others.

Kc Franks
Treasurer

Lux Pot Shop 

Ballard and Lake City, Seattle 

Kc Franks moved to the Seattle area in 2000 to enter film school and pursue his creative passions. Kc worked the trenches of the Seattle radio scene and then went to work at KOMO 4 News, where he got a feel for the fast-paced, deadline oriented world of local television news.  Eventually he took the helm of an entertainment company for 2yrs, before leaving that venture to build his own cannabusinesses.

Jerina Pillert
Board Member

Hashtag Cannabis 

Fremont, Seattle and Redmond  

In April 2015, Jerina spearheaded the opening of Hashtag Fremont in Seattle and helped co-found CORE in October 2015. By 2017, she was overseeing all operations for Hashtag Fremont and launching Hashtag Redmond. She is currently seeking opportunities to consult in this nascent industry and to grow her businesses. Her particular interests are in how we can shape our industry to promote inclusion, diversity, and opportunities for all.

Ian Eisenberg
Board Member

Uncle Ike's

Seattle, Central District, and Capitol Hill

Ian Eisenberg is the founder of Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, a small Seattle based cannabis retail chain.

Ian is a serial business starter whose prior  ventures include founding Zevia LLC, maker of the first all natural zero calorie soda. www.zevia.com.  Other businesses have included  Mirage Marketing & USNework, a provider of IVR based telephony solutions.  Blue Frog Mobile was a venture backed wireless and television entertainment firm, where he created the United States' first interactive TV networks, Noyz™ and Bulla™.  

Ian is a Seattle native who  graduated from Seattle University with a finance and humanities degree.  

Jennie Reeves
Administrative Director

Jennie Reeves is CORE’s Director of Administration and is the newest member of our team. Jennie has recently entered the Cannabis industry, with a background in Commercial Insurance, and Business Administration. Jennie moved to Washington State in 2015 from Salt Lake City, Utah; where she studied Administrative Information Management at UVU, and gained over 10 years of business administration experience in the workforce.

Prior to joining CORE, Jennie ran the Small Business department for Brown & Brown Insurance, Inc., where she managed a very busy book of over 800 clients. Jennie specialized in Excess and Surplus Lines coverage, with an emphasis on Non-profit Management Liability risks.

After 5 years in the Insurance industry and working heavily in the Non-profit sector, Jennie decided to say goodbye to the corporate life, in search of a more fulfilling career. As a long-time cannabis advocate, Jennie was thrilled to take on this exciting new role for CORE!

Logan Bowers
Founding Member

Hashtag Cannabis 

Fremont, Seattle and Redmond  

After 15+ years in the tech industry, in April 2015 Logan launched a successful cannabis retail store located in the Fremont area of Seattle. Seeing a need for retailers to have a voice in this burgeoning industry, he then co-founded CORE in October of 2015. By 2017, he opened a second store in Redmond, WA and is currently developing tech solutions to everyday problems in the industry.