Think GREAT Experience - Think Great

The Think GREAT Experience is a podcast featuring dynamic guests who share their impactful moments of greatness.

Hosted by: author, speaker, and business coach, Erik Therwanger.

Episode #1 – Magnifying GREATNESS

Charlie Lawson, Owner of GCS Title

A GREAT Father, Teammate and Friend are 3 words at the end of the day that fuel me to strive to be better each day both personally and professionally.  As the founder of GCS Title, our Vision has been to Enrich, Impact and Transform the lives of Our Team, Our Clients and Our Communities and how we do that is to focus on our daily Mission, which is Living with Purpose and Passion, with Positive Intention and Impact!!

Episode #2 – Meatheads

Chris Bell, Director, Producer, and Writer

Chris Bell is a director, producer and writer, known for his documentaries Bigger, Stronger, Faster*Trophy Kids, and Prescription Thugs. His work is focused on the impact that society has on our consumption and addictions, especially to prescription drugs. Chris provides great insight on the ways that American culture forms our decision making. He continues to be an outspoken advocate for those suffering from addiction and their families.

Episode #3 – Road Warrior

Shawn Mingus, Mortgage Sales Executive at U.S. Bank

I represent a team of mortgage professionals that believe what we do is important and noble. We help people in all fifty states achieve, protect and sustain the American dream of homeownership. Therefore, it is our duty to deliver the best experience and best possible outcome for our valued clients. I have prospered in many ways during the last 28 years in the mortgage industry, so today I’m paying it back by helping develop the next generation of great leaders. Regardless of industry or occupation, our brightest future is dependent upon our ability to move fast and innovate. Those two things cannot happen without people working together with the highest levels of collaboration. And collaboration does not happen without trust, shared objectives and a culture so rich that EVERY TEAMMATE becomes a leader. I enjoy exploring these topics of life because they point to a future where hope and prosperity are found. On a personal note, I am a father, a husband, a road warrior (pre-COVID), a martial artist and a veteran-focused philanthropist.

Episode #4 – Triumphant

Jasmine Powers, CEO of Jasmine Powers Multimedia

Jasmine Powers is a product marketing and revenue operations consultant who supports SaaS companies, digital agencies, and e-commerce businesses with their communications strategy and systems to help them attract, close, and upsell their ideal customers with streamlined, efficient processes. She is a former PR and ad agency professional who is a published writer and who has gotten herself or her clients featured in industry and national outlets including Essence, Huffington Post, Ragan, Reader’s Digest, Brit & Co, Shondaland, and PBS. She currently resides in New Orleans.

Episode #5 – Patiently Persistent

Anita Drentlaw, President/CFO of New Market Bank

Anita Drentlaw is the President/CFO of New Market Bank. She began her career at the bank in October of 2002 as the Operations Officer after working for McGladrey & Pullen as a Financial Institution Tax Accountant. Over the years, she also held the position of Cashier and CFO. In January 2014, she took over as President/CFO. She is fortunate to be the 4th generation of her family to lead the bank. Her background includes earning a BA in Accounting from the University of St. Thomas in 2000, receiving her Certified Public Accounting certificate in March of 2001 and graduating from the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, CO in 2010. She currently serves as the Vice Chairman for the Independent Community Bankers of MN (ICBM). She also services as the Vice Chair of the Consumer Financial Services Subcommittee for the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA). She has also been very involved in her community and several non-profits over the years including the Prior Lake-Savage Optimist Club (currently on the board and oversees the high school mentorship program the club provides), St. Michael’s School and Church, board member of Chase’s Warrior Foundation (provides adaptive equipment to kids with special needs), mentor to high school student through the MNCAPS (MN Center for Advanced Professional Studies), member of the Dakota Scott Counties Workforce Board, and the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce (chair of annual fall gala and member of membership luncheon committee). She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.

Episode #6 – We’re All Human

Kari Switala, Owner of Wild Fig Marketing Inc. and Author

Kari Switala lives in Farmington, MN with her husband, Kevin; her sons, Max & Sam; and her furry-legged children, Lucy, Murphy & Steve. She is the chief creative officer at Wild Fig Marketing, a boutique marketing firm that provides targeted online marketing solutions for small – medium sized businesses

When she’s not writing or working, you’ll likely find her at her cabin in northern MN, where she loves paddleboarding; boating with all of her boys; and reading books while relaxing on the dock with a glass of chardonnay.

Some fun facts…
She once rode a cow when she was 5
She played volleyball with her intra-mural college team against prison guards in a maximum-security prison in England
She sang “I Will Survive” with a band in Paris
She is terrified of snakes and despises black licorice
She learned how to play the ukulele two years ago along with her 13-year-old son

Episode #7 – Effective Delegation

Episode #8 – Building a Healthy Team

Terri Mattson, Health & Wellness Coach/Founder of Beginning Today Lifestyle Wellness

Terri Mattson has been in the coaching field for over 14 years and founded Beginning Today Lifestyle Wellness in 2016. She is a Wellness Consultant for corporations and senior communities, is a Certified Integrative Wellness & Life Coach working holistically with mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness and is a health and wellness personal coach, mentor and author. After leading members to successful weight loss with a well-known company she founded her own business working with companies and individuals championing them in the journey towards best self.

She believes today is the first day of the rest of your life. As a motivational speaker, she is engaging and educates, inspires and motivates you to make big changes one small step at a time. Standing out as a company that cares is critical to keeping your top employees. Having a wellness program onsite engages, motivates and educates your team, transforming your work place to a work family.

Terri is passionate about helping others be the best they can personally be beginning today. She’s an accountability partner, helping you build confidence while making changes in a doable, approachable way. She lives with her husband and is the mother of four now grown boys.