Green Compass Compassion
A Mission to Sow the Greater Good.
As a hardworking agricultural circle of friends, we have a passion to connect the goodness of the land with wellness for the people. We began producing CBD for the most important people in our lives—our own families. There was no place for compromise. Organically grown hemp, strict cultivation and sustainability practices, and industry leading extraction methods have been and will continue to be our foundation.
Hands On, Hearts In
With Our Wholehearted Commitment and Control.
American-grown hemp combined with robust quality control, Green Compass CBD products are pure, safe and effective. Only our obsession with nurturing and cultivating the best plants, and meticulously harvesting and processing the beneficial compounds can create the highest-quality CBD and hemp extracts.
Quality Begins in the Soil
Not all hemp is created equal…We ARE the Source.
At Green Compass, we are the farmers and experts in growing hemp. The Green Compass Farm Management team oversees our North Carolina farms to ensure we are always adhering to our strict quality, purity, and ethical standards. The team also makes certain that any Green Compass affiliate farms share these same standards.
It’s no easy plant to tend, especially organically, which means excluding every kind of chemical herbicide or pesticide. It requires daily work, topping the plants to ensure they grow wide rather than high, and keeping pests away by hand. Timing the harvest is critical too, to ensure the richest yield of quality CBD oil.
Hemp is great at cleaning the soil through a process called phytoremediation. It will pull the toxins out and leave the soil in a better condition. This is why soil and water quality are extremely important to us. In order to have the purest product you must have the purest ingredients.
The Green Compass Founders started as licensed participants in North Carolina’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program. It didn’t take long for them to realize how important this crop was going to be to so many people. We have a special mission to further support North Carolina farmers, distributing hemp seeds to local farmers, teaching them how to grow the crop to our standards, and buying their produce.
Green Compass Team
R. Sterling Cook, Jr. CEO
Sterling brings a diverse background in various leadership roles within the agriculture and financial services sectors. His most current role was that of chief restructuring officer for one of the largest sweet potato distributors in the world. He also spent six years as CFO in the produce industry, assessing organizational performance and guiding long-term strategy. Sterling has extensive knowledge in the areas of financial reporting and analysis, risk management and business development, human resources, accounting and administration, and overseeing a large-scale corporate farm operation. He’s also held various positions with Wachovia Bank, Citi Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and Wells Fargo Advisors.
Sterling has been a proponent for the North Carolina Hemp Pilot program since its inception and is excited about the future of what hemp will bring to the state. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and also holds a North Carolina Real Estate License. He enjoys being active in both his local business and alumni communities.
Meredith Cook President
Meredith brings a passion for the CBD industry along with a medical dermatology background to the Green Compass team. She spent years working as a medical aesthetician for a leading dermatologist where she provided product consulting to her clients in a multifaceted approach. Her interest and experience in natural products led her to the CBD world many years ago. Meredith grew up with an extremely hard working grandfather in the NC textile industry and she still lives by the lessons he instilled in her since she was a young girl. She brings the resilience of her ancestry, as well as deep-rooted values of integrity, community, and a true sense of family.
Meredith’s sturdy values radiate through every aspect of the Green Compass operation, from the product itself to the vision for the business. That includes managing and expanding the company’s profound commitment to give back to communities. She is an influential partner for Green Compass Presidential Founders and future Advocates.
Prior to Green Compass, Brooks spent eight years in the commercial real estate industry, with a focus on the retail sector. He has worked closely with businesses, assisting with a wide range of client needs, including site selection and deal negotiations. Brooks has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as mom-and-pop startups.
Brooks has always been dedicated to physical activity. From High-school wrestling and Crossfit to training and competing in triathlons. These days its Jiu Jitsu and yoga during the week and trail runs on the weekends. CBD has been a big part of his recovery regimen for a number of years.
Adam Wooten COO
Adam brings decades of experience in food processing and production to Green Compass with an emphasis on fresh produce and hemp production. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with majors in both agribusiness management and field crops production. Adam has spent the past 15 years as a COO where he has been responsible for product procurement, scheduling and production, human resources, and overall site management. He has served two 3-year terms on the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission Board and also served as its chairman of the crisis management committee and food safety task force.
Adam was one of the founding farmers on the North Carolina Hemp Pilot Program and is a proud overseer of his sixth-generation family farm in Columbus County. His background and experience in agricultural production and processing brings great value to the Green Compass product line and its emphasis on research and development.
Sarah Nilsen Director of Sales
Sarah brings nearly two decades of relationship marketing experience to Green Compass. She has been involved in all facets of the industry, from personally growing multi-million dollar international organizations, to corporate sales training for industry leading companies. She is a nationally renowned speaker, published author, and constant student of the industry. She’s been featured in Success Magazine as well as many other publications. She is sought after for her ability to relate to the sales field with her heartfelt and humorous training style, and her masterful way of creating simple and repeatable processes to streamline a growing business.
Sarah’s key to success is, be willing to do what other people won’t do. She has a genuine passion for helping others succeed and a commitment to bring the culture and mission of Green Compass to life.