Employee Spotlight: DeAndri P.
DeAndri (Dre) has always had a passion for cannabis and helping others, and considers himself a ‘jack-of-all-trade’. “I have a degree in Social Work from Millersville University and I've worked with at-risk youth, juveniles on probation and in schools and afterschool programs as a counselor and program facilitator,” he said. He also has managed an agricultural quarry, and has met numerous people from all over the world. Prior to joining the TerraVida Team in Abington, Dre managed another Medical Marijuana dispensary in Pennsylvania.
After demonstrating his sales ability and passion for the industry, Dre knew it was the right path for him. After a few months of hard work, he gained the necessary skills including work with purchases, managing employees and aiding patients with his product knowledge. Deep down, Dre longed for more. “As a Philadelphia native, I decided to take a look in the area to see what other companies were doing - especially in the surrounding community.” That is when he decided to apply to TerraVida.
Dre has always been an advocate for since he had become a patient himself to help in mitigating his own ailments. “The things I witnessed just from using on my own prompted me to do more research on it ...coming to the conclusion that the medicinal benefits of marijuana outweigh any negative and that it should be fully legalized.” he said. He had even convinced his mother to get her card, in turn, drastically changed her quality of life for the better.
Outside of the dispensary, Dre always keeps busy. “I’m passionate about music, anime, movies, gaming and working out” he stated. “I used to weigh 350 pounds, so fitness is something I really enjoy.” Dre is also a DJ and runs an entertainment business on the side, performing at events, weddings, birthdays and parties. Any other free time is spent learning more about medical marijuana, gaming or binge watching a new anime.
Welcome to the team, Dre!