Company: Viridian Staffing
Location: Seattle, Washington
Position: Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
When David Murét moved from California to Washington in early 2013 to join the fledgling cannabis industry, he found a big empty niche with no real professional recruiting services.
So he and his co-founder, Kara Bradford, created Viridian Staffing.
“We did our research and found that there were no firms providing the industry with professional recruiting services, just a small handful of temp staffing agencies out of Colorado, providing trimmers and such,” Murét says. “Seeing the need, as well as our complementary skill sets, we founded Viridian Staffing and never looked back.”
Murét’s background in the legal field, finance and information technology was a good counterpoint to Bradford’s skill in technical recruiting.
“Since 2013 we have managed to expand our practice across North America, servicing clients coast to coast, including multiple firms in Canada and Puerto Rico,” he says, adding that the company will be expanding services into California’s new recreational market.
But his efforts to facilitate the merger of four separate trade organizations into The Cannabis Alliance, Washington state’s largest nonprofit industry association, is Murét’s proudest accomplishment.
“Not only has that organization attracted some of the most admirable and inspiring people I have had the pleasure of knowing,” he says, “but they have helped unite Washington’s fractured industry.”