Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Prior to joining Evergreen Sustainable Enterprises, Inc. and Generation Hemp, Inc., Melissa Pagen built over twenty years of professional and executive experience in managerial and officer positions in several industries - both in the private and public sectors. With a demonstrated history in consumer goods, business development, investor relations, and industrial technologies, Melissa brings a unique combination of talents to the company. She developed and launched start-up companies in ecommerce, nutraceuticals, and the energy sector. In June 2019, Melissa was brought on by Gary C. Evans to help launch Generation Hemp, Inc., although her working tenure with Mr. Evans first began in 2013. In October 2019, she was brought on full-time as an officer of Generation Hemp, Inc.
From 2016 - 2019 in Los Angeles, Melissa helped develop, launch, and reorganize companies in ecommerce, nutraceuticals, and medical practices through her advising company Root LLC/Root Endeavor LLC. This included working with founders and teams on branding, marketing, product development, packaging, operations, staff reorganization, and optimizing efficiencies.
In mid 2013 through 2015, Melissa began working under Gary C. Evans at Green Hunter Resources, Inc., a publicly traded company, where she started as Water Treatment Specialist/Account Executive, then moved into the position of Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations, and ultimately Vice President, Business Development, where she negotiated and secured multi-million-dollar contracts with large E&P companies for water treatment and handling, then oversaw those relationships. During her time in the energy sector, Melissa did several public speaking engagements for industry organizations, which helped earn her the honor of a WING Award (Women In Natural Gas) by Shale Media Group in 2014. Before beginning work with Mr. Evans, Melissa founded her own environmental remediation business in the Bakken Shale of North Dakota from 2012 - 2013.
From 2010 - 2012, Melissa worked as Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Sionix Corporation, a publicly traded company in water treatment technology. Following the Tsunami in 2011, Melissa traveled to Japan to participate in discussions to address urgent water treatment issues and potential solutions in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
In 2001, Melissa began her career in the film industry, in development for Radar Pictures, Inc. (f/k/a Interscope Communications [Pictures]). She then worked with a female television Producer from 2004 - 2009. Working alongside creative executives and teams in the Film industry, she developed skills in writing, project management, and visual storytelling that would ultimately contribute to a number of future roles in helping companies develop branding, messaging, marketing, and investor relations.
Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles where she graduated summa cum laude.