Ken Yette celebrated his 33rd year with Town & Country Markets in 2019 – and he marked the occasion by returning to the market where it all began for him (and the company). As of January 2019, Ken is the director of Town & Country Market Bainbridge Island.
He’s been a familiar face at just about all our markets, going where he’s needed. After starting out in 1986 as a produce clerk at Town & Country Market Bainbridge Island, he jumped to Poulsbo, then back to Bainbridge and then back to Poulsbo – covering a decade in Produce. He settled for a time in Ballard Market where he worked as the number two in command, a gig he repeated seven years later at Central Market Shoreline and again in 2013, when he was second in command at Central Market Mill Creek. After two years there, he became nomadic once again, spending about a year traveling from market to market helping them improve their merchandising processes and approaches.
Nomadic no longer, Ken now heads up the Bainbridge market’s leadership team with market managers Steve Vadset and Marea Price, who manager operations, merchandising and marketing.
Born in Hawaii, Ken moved to Seattle at age 18 after graduating from high school. He landed a job with Town & Country shortly afterward.
Ken lives with his partner in South Seattle. He is a runner (his favorite route is on the shores of Lake Washington), a gardener and a devoted home improver.
When it comes to his favorite food, he’s “all over the place.”
“We rarely eat out and are definitely foodies,” Ken said. “Right now I’m actually trying to learn how to make some of my favorite bottled sauces – from scratch. Especially Asian sauces. I want to know what the real ingredients were before they were put into a bottle.”
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