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.

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*NEW EPISODE* – Episode #44 – Balancing Greatness

Cindy Vavra – Co-Founder of ZeSa,

Cindy Vavra was born and raised on a Southern Minnesota dairy farm, where she acquired a hard work ethic and learned the importance of daily functional movement. Working for over 30 years in the legal industry, she was also a partner in a large corporate farming business. Leaving both behind to pursue her passion in health and wellness, she moved to Minneapolis and immersed herself in the fitness industry, obtaining certifications as a Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, group fitness and yoga Instructor, while simultaneously co-founding and helping to create and build ZeSa. ZeSa is a Minneapolis based start-up that’s developed a progressive line of patented instability training devices used for athletic training, fitness, injury prevention and recovery. Cindy recently proudly became a member of the North Carolina Center for Optimization of Military Performance, a new consortium formed for the purpose of unifying, accelerating, and delivering innovations in military health and performance.

Episode #42 – 1st and Greatness

Dave DesRochers – CEO & Founder of Amployers, Inc and The 1st & Goal Project

Dave DesRochers is a former NFL Football player with the Seattle Seahawks 88-’89 and the Montreal Machine ’91 & ’92. He is currently the CEO & Founder of Amployers, Inc and The 1st & Goal Project, Inc. (non-profit). He also serves as V.P. for the NFLPA Orange County Chapter and a keynote speaker. After football, he spent a couple years acting in TV shows, commercials, and a couple movies. Then he spent 20 successful years in the financial services industry, consistently a top 5% performer for various broker-dealers, #1 & #3 in the country in life insurance sales for American General before opening his own small boutique firm. During this period, he spent a couple years as a V.P. for a small regional bank where he converted the #36 ranked branch (of 37) into the #2 overall performing branch in one year.

Episode #39 – Deliberately Intentional Greatness


Gabriela Kroetch is a mother of two, wife of 19 years to her husband, Josh, and believes in America. As a first-generation immigrant, she strongly feels that it is a privilege to be an American and that it should be cherished each day.

Born and raised in Slovakia, at the end of a four-decade-long communist rule, she, and her family, experienced firsthand, the immense injustices and hardships of this regime. Through it all, her family remained optimistic and hopeful for a better future. Gabriela was raised to be an independent freethinker who exemplifies character, internal fortitude, and integrity.

Episode #38 – Connecting to Greatness

Robin Lipnack – RLL Marketing Group

RLL Marketing Group is a Business Development Specialty Company that focuses on the POWER of BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS in Healthcare, Real Estate, Legal, Financial, Sports, Food/Bev and Technology ( ie APPS, Software, AI, Blockchain, Sensors, Telemed)

Episode #37 – Cruising to Greatness

Dwayne Wilson

More about Dwayne:

Former Professional Athlete-Football, USFL & CFL Teams -Philadelphia Stars, Pittsburgh Maulers, Chicago Blitz & Hamilton Ti-Cats (CFL). Business to Business Development/Public Relations/ Community Relations/Customer Service Delivery/Employee Engagement and Diversity Relations/Forward-thinking experienced professional with an emphasis on networking and relationship building.

Dynamic, talented and driven business professional with a multi-faceted background and experiences in numerous industries that include: professional athletics, collective bargaining and labor relations within professional sports, event planning/ management, personnel management and relations, financial accounts receivable collections management and academic athletic coaching.

Strong record of developing and implementing innovative strategies in personnel management that resulted in increased sales. Proven ability is to manage the development of various departmental programs, while building a winning team. This same ability is matched in other areas of business that involve close attention to budgets, time frames and quality specifications. Well-honed presentation and negotiation skills as well as extensive successful networking experience in various industries and disciplines.