At the age of 6, Ramona’s family migrated from Romania to Fargo, North Dakota due to circumstances beyond their control. Suddenly at a very young age, Ramona found herself coping with learning a new language in a foreign culture, and faced many challenges one would expect from a transition of this magnitude. During her teenage years, she fell in love with snowboarding and would head up to the mountains at every chance she could get. Carving fresh turns became a way to express herself both athletically and creatively, which ultimately led to a deeper sense of belonging. Shortly after high school, Ramona discovered Keystone Mountain, and to this day, it remains her favorite hill in Colorado.
Between her love of fresh pow and watching the legalization movement take hold in Colorado, her sense of belonging grew even stronger. Shortly after having a baby girl, the time was right to focus on finding a career she loves. Ramona took Cannabis Cultivation classes through Oaksterdam in Denver, CO. Following the class, she attended Indo Expo, a local cannabis trade show, where she made connections that instantly felt like a career in Cannabis was possible.
Ramona officially moved to Colorado a year later. After an initial bumpy start to the journey, a mutual friend introduced her to Craig, who was working out of his garage at the time. Sensing an opportunity, she kept coming back for more CBD, first as an excuse to bug him about a job, then eventually because she fell in love with Extract Labs’ CBD Shatter.
Finally, one bright morning, a message to apply arrived. “I will never forget the energy at my interview,” Ramona recalls. “Let me tell you, I still feel the same way walking through the door every day. I have since formulated products, built tables, washed dishes, bottled, filled, shipped, made mistakes, and so many other things I’m proud of. I was given the opportunity to evolve and took the sales position I’m currently in. I take a lot of pride in all that Extract Labs has accomplished.”
“Ever thought about conquering the world? … sounds difficult to wake up with a dream like that every day,” Ramona says with a smile on her face. “I intend to take over the world with hemp and CBD by educating everyone around the world on the benefits of this miraculous plant. I’m in sales to help people access plant-based wellness!”
When she’s not trying to hustle CBD, Ramona finds time to travel with her five-year-old. They both enjoy the mountains and flock to the water in warmer weather. “I grew up with a passion for new discovery and I want to instill that in her,” Ramona says, speaking of her daughter. “If you’d like to know a little more about me… Well, I guess you’ll have to set up a wholesale account 😉.”
Q & A with Ramona
Q: What is your favorite Extract Labs product?
A: 1500mg Muscle Cream. I snowboard and am very athletic.
Q: Name a book you’ve read that had a major impact on you.
A: The Unexpected Power of Mindfulness & Meditation, by Ed & Deb Shapiro.
Q: What’s the best thing you’ve ever watched on Netflix?
Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to start working in the hemp industry?
A: Be passionate and DON’T GIVE UP!