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Sam Bracken, who chronicles his story in My Orange Duffel Bag: A Journey to Radical Change, was homeless at age 15. Sam managed to graduate #11 out of 700 students from his Las Vegas high school and landed a full-ride football scholarship to The Georgia Institute of Technology. The title of his graphic mini- memoir self-help book comes from the fact that when he came to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, everything he owned fit in an orange duffel bag.

Sam was a Brian Piccolo award nominee for overcoming potentially career- ending injuries to re-earn a starting position on one of Georgia Tech’s most successful football teams, under Coach Bill Curry. He also earned a spot on the All ACC Academic team for two years running. Sam graduated in 1986 from The Georgia Institute of Technology with honors and a degree in Industrial Management. In 1993 Sam received an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.

He and his wife Kim live in Kaysville, UT, and have four children, Beau, Ben, Jacob and Hannah. Sam serves as The VP of Business Development for the Ken Garff Auto Group. 

A member of the National Speakers Association, Sam frequently speaks about how to implement radical change and become your best self.

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