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Evan Gaetano

Evan Gaetano, 34

ECommerce Manager

Walmart Inc.

Bentonville

Professional achievements
• Received eCommerce Innovator of the Year Award in 2024 from Walmart.
• Launched the first American farmers campaign in 2023, which featured growers and farmers for Walmart on the retailer’s website to show consumers where their food comes from.
• Started the first influencer partnership for produce, resulting in an additional $2 million in revenue for Walmart.
• Received the Making the Difference Award from Walmart in 2023.

Community involvement
Campaign manager for the Walmart team that raised money for the American Diabetes Association in Bentonville for the last two years. 

Most valuable lesson learned
“When looking at big, personal goals, instead of asking what I have to do to achieve them, ask who do I have to become? What kind of person would I have to be? This allows you to focus more on the personal habits and qualities.”

Professional inspiration
“Our company’s mission: to help people save money, so they can live better. It is so simple, yet such a profound mission.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Economic opportunity outside of Little Rock and northwest Arkansas. The rest of the state needs more development and economic growth.”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“Be patient. Success isn’t a linear path.”

How you define success
“Success is doing what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want as much as you want.”

First job and lesson learned
“I was 16 and a waiter at a high-end steakhouse in Ithaca, New York. Cornell University was down the road, and any time corporate recruiters would come to campus, they would bring the Master of Business Administration students in for dinner. They would drive nice cars, have expensive suits and order $200 bottles of wine. I would frequently ask the hostess who they were and she would respond, ‘Oh, they work for Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, etc.’ I was being raised on a single mother’s teacher salary, and this made a very big impression. It opened my eyes and showed me a possible career path that would lift me out of poverty.”

Learning from a mentor
“Ralph Clare, Walmart’s senior vice president of merchandising, consumables, health and wellness, taught me that when leadership asks you where you want to be in the future, you can’t simply say, ‘I want to be an officer’ or ‘I want to be a VP someday.’ That doesn’t tell them anything. You have to dig deep and ask yourself, what do you want to do? What work truly excites you? What business do you want to transform?”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“Continue doing what you do to make an impact in your community.”

Professional “aha” moment
“I was an intern in the grocery division at Walmart. It was an opportunity to take what I had learned in school and apply it in a business that reaches millions of people weekly. That opened my eyes to the possibilities and the rewarding feeling of making an impact at that scale.”

Career dream as a child
“To work for a Fortune 500 company.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“Flying out to Washington state to meet with our farmers and suppliers for the grocery division. These are third- and fourth-generation families that view farming as a true calling.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“I think Arkansas has done a great job at marketing itself. I think there is a real appetite for younger people to leave big cities and come to places with better quality of life.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“Its nature and genuinely nice people.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Hopefully, I’m still growing with Walmart.”

A word that describes you
“Resilient.”

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40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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