Parallel (formerly known as Surterra Wellness) is one of the largest privately held, vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis companies in the world with a mission to pioneer well-being and improve the quality of life through cannabinoids. Parallel owns and operates retail dispensaries in four medical and adult-use markets: Surterra Wellness in Florida and Texas; New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Massachusetts, and The Apothecary Shoppe in Nevada. The company has a diverse portfolio of high quality, proprietary and licensed consumer brands and products including Surterra Wellness, Coral Reefer, and Float. Parallel operates approximately 50 retail stores nationwide, including cultivation and manufacturing sites across the four states.
Executive Spotlight: Stevens Sainte-Rose
1) What is your title?
Chief Human Resources Officer
2) How many years have you been with Parallel ?
I have been with Parallel since September 2019. Prior to joining Parallel, I served in senior leadership positions with global companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Dawn Foods.
3) Where did you study?
I received my B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and I completed my M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
4) What is your most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis?
In addition to my current role, I am also the Founder and Principal at Chase the Experiences, an executive coaching practice with a focus on creating more successful executive-level transitions and driving better diversity and inclusion. I also have certifications in The Myers-Briggs Company, Certified Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and Certified Professional Executive Coach.
5) What is Parallel’s mission?
Parallel is one of the largest privately held, vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis companies in the world with a mission to pioneer well-being and improves the quality of life through cannabinoids. We follow rigorous operations and business practices to help ensure the quality, safety, consistency, and efficacy of our products