Greenbits Roots Series: Bridgett Millican-Thurston

by Aly Payne,

This is part of a regular series featuring our team, their personal story, and their path to the cannabis industry.

We know and love Oklahoma — some of our senior leaders called it home. Our Founder, Ben Curren, lived in Tulsa for years, and Bridgett Millican-Thurston, our VP of Finance, was born and raised in Oklahoma. This feature highlights one of our Sooners-in-Residence.

  1. What’s your name? Bridgett Millican-Thurston
  2. And what’s your role at Greenbits? VP Finance
  3. Where do you live now and where are you from? I live in Morgan Hill, CA but was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Weatherford, OK.
  4. Before working at Greenbits, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? I learned what it meant to work really hard at the Kloset, a women’s fashion boutique, in downtown Weatherford, OK. I learned that retail was tough and customer service was number one. We would not only put outfits together for customers, most of the time we would get back in the dressing rooms so women didn’t have to think about a thing. We buttoned buttons, put on their earrings, scarves, belts, and even got on the floor to slip on shoes to finalize a look. We were always trying to think of ways to make things easier for our customers. The Kloset is where I learned the skill of wrapping Christmas presents with a lift of top, so a person receiving didn’t have to unwrap the gift.
  5. Who or what inspired you to pursue the career you have today? My mom and Martha Sauer, the owner of The Kloset. They both taught me that the sky’s the limit as long as you are willing to work for it.
  6. What has been your favorite project at Greenbits? As a leader, it would be impossible for me to point to one project. There is a lot of great work happening at Greenbits, the best part of my job is being able to work across all the departments and see the momentum building.
  7. If you could get a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be? Learn a new language, specifically Hebrew.
  8. Your home state recently legalized cannabis sales. What advice would you give to someone getting into cannabis retail in Oklahoma? Be ready for change, be ready for Metrc.
  9. If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be? I would be any female on the LPGA tour. I love the game, but never had the patience or skill to make it past playing golf my freshman year for Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
  10. What book / blog do you recommend the most? Pour your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz, it’s the story of Starbucks and how it started as a small retail store selling coffee beans and how only through the persistence and determination of Schultz did it become what it is today.