How Stratos’ Anthony Romero Works: Cannabis Workspace

Business Times regularly interviews cultivators to learn more about how they manage their growing operations, including top tips for success, tools and technologies they couldn’t live without, and how they deal with perennial challenges like burnout. In this installment, Anthony Romero, director of operations for Stratos in Pueblo West, Colo., explains what he learned moving from the pharmaceutical industry to managing commercial cultivation.


Name: Anthony Romero

Company: Stratos

Location: Pueblo West, Colo.

Title: Director of Operations

Indoor, outdoor, greenhouse or a combination?

Combination. We have two greenhouses and an annual outdoor farm.

Q: Can you share a bit of your background and how you and your company got to the present day?

A: I came from the pharmaceutical industry, just like our founding team [at Stratos], and I worked as the R&D technician of our current founder and CEO Jason Neely. I started with Stratos in 2015 and worked in production making our cannabis-infused tablets. As the company grew, my duties expanded to production supervisor and then into director of operations. As the director of operations, my focus is overseeing the MIP (Marijuana Infused Products facility) and cultivation.

Q: What tool or software in your cultivation space can you not live without?

A: We have a sophisticated ERP system that tracks material from seed to sale. A system like this is beneficial in regard to inventory control, cost analysis (cost per pound), efficiency assessments and regulatory compliance.


Q: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your business in the past

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