The Think GREAT Team - Think Great

Gina Therwanger, Co-Founder

Joined the Team: Aug, 2008

Born and raised in Southern California, Gina’s wide-array of work experience ranges from working alongside attorneys, estate planners, and financial services representatives, to coordinating high-volume distribution in the produce industry. In 2005, she stepped into the role of Accounting Supervisor for a media company, which experienced over 300% annual sales growth. She successfully enhanced workflows, worked directly with top-tier clients, and collaborated with senior leaders to improve efficiencies and increase margins.

Gina met Erik in 1995 and they married in 1998. Just ten months into their marriage, Gina was diagnosed with stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After a successful stem-cell transplant, she would overcome three additional bouts with cancer. Defying the odds of what she was told by doctors, in 2006, she welcomed a baby girl into this world. In 2016, Gina suffered cardiac arrest at the age of 44, and after being in an induced coma, walked out of the hospital just ten days later.

Gina has enjoyed growing in her role as Co-founder of Think GREAT since 2008, and she truly appreciates the opportunity to help others to experience a greater life – personally and professionally. In her free time, she enjoys being a wife, mom and grandma, and loves spending time with family and friends.

Sandy Crosby, Director of Business Development

Joined the Team: Jan, 2015

Born and raised in Southern California, Sandy enjoyed a distinguished, 34-year career in the mortgage industry and worked her way to Regional Underwriting Manager. Her duties included leading a team of 10 Underwriters and traveling across the country to train team members.

Sandy and her husband, Tom, relocated to Minnesota in 1998. In 2015, Sandy began her new journey with Think GREAT. As their Director of Business Development, she supports the company by connecting with business leaders from nearly every industry, and introducing them to Erik’s concepts, techniques, and strategies. Sandy’s passion is undeniable and one of her greatest satisfactions is receiving messages from clients that they have exceeded their goals.

On behalf of Think GREAT, Sandy is also an Ambassador for the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce and has immersed herself in her role by connecting local business leaders at the highest levels, earning her the title of Ambassador of the Year for 2018. Sandy considers her career at Think GREAT to be a blessing as she is also able to be involved in our military veteran community, helping to enrich the lives of our service members and their families.In her free time, Sandy enjoys life on her 60-acre farm, horseback riding, and spending time with her family and friends.

Saphire Gilpin, Project Coordinator

Joined the Team: Jun, 2018

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Saphire began working as a freshman in high school, at a local restaurant. Her attention to detail and customer service skills allowed her to excel and take on new duties. She then pursued a position in the manufacturing industry, operating complex machinery and working in the lab to ensure that the coding was up to specification.

Saphire later fulfilled the role of Operations Supervisor, at a promotional company, and orchestrated the successful completions of orders in all fifty states. In 2018, she began her career path with Think GREAT, as their Project Coordinator. She is a client liaison and performs the highest levels of coordination in event planning for Erik’s speaking engagements and training workshops across the nation.

Saphire has also created multiple reporting formats and supports their social media outreach. Saphire enjoys spending time with family and loves being an aunt to her niece and nephew. In her spare time, she can be found cheering on the Vikes – she is a proud fan of the Minnesota Vikings Football team!

RJ Bell, Director of Strategic Growth

Joined the Team: Jun, 2019

Born and raised in Bloomington Minnesota, RJ joined the MN National Guard in 2006 as a 19K – Armored Crewman (M1A1 Tanks).  He was quickly identified as a leader and within a year became the Master Fitness Trainer at only the rank of Specialist.  His duties included overseeing the growth and development of up to 117 Soldiers health and well-being.  He was activated for stateside Active Duty twice, once for riot control for the Republican National Convention in September 2008, and again for riot control in January 2009 to the state of Virginia for the Presidential Inauguration.  In 2011, he deployed to Kuwait/Iraq where he was a vehicle commander and assistant convoy commander for select missions throughout the year long deployment.  He was honorably discharged in 2015 and left the MN National Guard with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Alongside his military career, RJ started his career as a Fitness Professional in 2006 for a nationwide, multi-billion dollar health club company. It didn’t take long for his leaders to recognize his initiative towards the overall success of their club, his devotion to coaching other team members to be successful, and his passion for helping people. Just months after returning from a year-long deployment, he was promoted, and was continued to be recognized within the organization.         

In 2019, RJ began his new journey with Think GREAT. As their Director of Strategic Growth, he supports the company by connecting with business leaders from nearly every industry, and introducing them to Erik’s concepts, techniques, and strategies.  RJ’s path to Think GREAT occurred over the course of a year of exploration and searching for his life’s greater purpose by a wide-range of personal development and growth. RJ has a 10-year-old daughter, loves being active outside, and is a family man at heart.

Jacob Therwanger, Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives

Joined the Team: Aug, 2019

Born in San Dimas, California, Jacob graduated from Agoura High School in 2009. At age 15, he began working in the restaurant industry. His attention to detail, customer service and unparalleled work ethic allowed him to excel from an entry level position of hosting and master each following position of Kitchen Expeditor, Take-out Specialist, Server, and Bartender. By the time bartending was his primary passion in the workplace Jacob was awarded “Corporate Bar Trainer” – a position which required him to train hundreds of upcoming bartenders, to master a craft most had never attempted, across the company’s 25 locations, continuing to grow by 1-3 new locations they acquired each year. On weekends he tended the bar at his primary restaurant, providing phenomenal service to 200+ guests at any given time. This task developed his ability to successfully juggle countless action items, especially in extremely high-paced environments. Jacob also excelled at consistently enhancing the customer experience and exceeding expectations by developing a clientele that consisted of “regulars” who became his friends.

During Jacob’s time as a Corporate Bar Trainer he also pursued his personal intellectual passion of understanding the world on an intricate scale and obtained his Bachelors of Science, Biology degree from the University of California, Riverside which ranks within the top 1% of worldwide universities. This higher education provided Jacob with the ability to understand the complexity and intricacies of natural systems in the world around us and in our very own bodies – systems like protein signaling cascades, carcinogenic DNA damage, cell signaling theories, human immunology and countless more.

Jacob joined the Think GREAT team in August of 2019, shortly after relocating to Minnesota. Because of Think GREAT’s unique focus on the “people” side of business, Jacob now applies his skills and understanding of system complexity, logistics, and intense detail orientation to the business solutions offered to our clients. Being a part of Think GREAT allows him to simply make the complex world around us GREATER every day. As the Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives, he focuses on enhancing the client experience through interactive technology and enhancing the Think GREAT brand.

Jacob loves spending quality time with his family of three, enjoying fishing, playing sports, watching movies, and playing video games together.

Doug Wortham, Vice President of Strategic Alliances

Joined the Team: Oct, 2019

Doug was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.  On December 30, 1987 at the age of 17, Doug joined the Minnesota National Guard as a Military Police Officer.  In 1996, Doug started his fulltime career with the Minnesota National Guard and would go on to serve at each level of command including Company, Battalion, Brigade, Division, State, and at the National Level.

Doug has over 26 years of leadership experience in the Minnesota National Guard with assignments including Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Command Sergeant Major.  Doug’s nearly 32-year military career culminated in October 2019 after serving for five years in the Minnesota National Guard’s most senior enlisted position, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader.  In this position, Doug was responsible for overseeing the activities of nearly 13,000 citizen Soldiers and Airmen serving in 63 communities statewide. 

Doug has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He has also served on several overseas deployments for training missions including Egypt, Korea, Norway, Honduras, and Panama.

Doug holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Management from Concordia University.  Additionally, he has a Bachelor’s Degree and Associates Degree from Saint Cloud State University.  Doug enjoys coaching, teaching, and mentoring others and has a passion for leadership development and financial coaching.

Doug is married and has two grown children.  He enjoys spending time with his wife Lori, being a grandpa, riding his bike, working on projects around the house, and hosting gatherings with friends and family.