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Author: John Amini

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In Open Road, host John Amini chats with extraordinary people to discover what makes them great, and to hear their best “Dinner Party Story” in the hope of encouraging us all to hit the Open Road to find our next great story.
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12 - Anthony Flynn

12 - Anthony Flynn

2021-06-0101:00:31

Anthony Flynn has seen a lot.  Being raised by a 17 year old single mother in Memphis, Anthony was raised in an environment marked by struggle, racism and little hope.  Despite these circumstances, he eventually became an entrepreneur, author, leadership coach, consultant and now, the CEO of WorkFaith Connection, a Houston based ministry which has a mission to build faith and career skills for the marketplace.  Anthony and I discuss his childhood and how the racism that he experienced shapes his worldview today.  We talk about how education exposed him to a world outside of the only one he knew.  He shares his experience as a leadership coach and consultant and what he learned from his time with some of the most high powered leaders in the world.  Finally, he shares his Dinner Party Story that proves that when you go for it, you may not be the only one who benefits.  Enjoy!
11 - Drinks with Friends 03

11 - Drinks with Friends 03

2021-05-1701:13:44

It's good to be back.  After a nice little breather, we kick off Season Two with a bang with the third episode of Drinks with Friends.Matt and Marshall crack open a bottle of Pinot with me as we discuss the margin of life and our timely topic: Friendship.  We discuss how friends have changed us and how we have changed as friends.  Tune in as we dig into how the Open Road Lifestyle, living with courage and purpose, is simply impossible without good friends.  Pull up a chair and join us at the table as wild stories and lessons learned abound amongst three life long buddies.  We round out the episode with three Dinner Party Stories about Friendship that are equal parts outrageous, hilarious and impactful.  Welcome back to Open Road!
10 - Wesley Hunt

10 - Wesley Hunt

2021-03-2258:05

Wesley Hunt is a former Apache Helicopter Pilot and Candidate for the United States Congress.  After a close loss in 2020, Wesley is already gearing up for a future run.Growing up in a family with a long history of Military Service, Wesley knew that West Point was his destiny.  After graduating, he served for 8 years as a Helicopter Pilot and Diplomatic Liaison.  Following his honorable discharge, Wesley moved back home to Houston and decided that his next move in his arc of serving the country that gave him so much was to run for public office.Our conversation covers the gamut.  Our chat ranges from race relations to the issues with our mainstream media, and from losing his friends in war to rediscovering national unity.  It was a pleasure to talk to my friend about the past, current and future of our country.  Tune in for Wesley's passionate takes and for his truly unique Dinner Party Story about President Trump.
09 - Shannon Sedgwick Davis

09 - Shannon Sedgwick Davis

2021-03-0101:14:13

Shannon Sedgwick Davis is the CEO of Bridgeway Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to ending and preventing mass atrocities around the world.  More recently, Shannon and the Bridgeway Foundation have been credited for their pivotal role in mobilizing awareness, civilian protection, and recovery efforts against the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony, the first-ever indictee of the International Criminal Court.Shannon saw the evil of Joseph Kony and decided to do something about it.  She didn't wire funds to someone else from her Living Room.  She hired private military contractors, flew in Helicopters to speak to Kony and his gang through loud speakers, sat across the table from world leaders to devise ways to bring Kony to justice and save those under the weight of his oppression.  Shannon sits on the board of several organizations, including The Elders, Humanity United, TOMS, and charity: water, and author of the recently released "To Stop a Warlord".Shannon is a wife, mom to two, and a doer.  I'm honored to call her an old and dear friend and it has been an absolute thrill to watch her shape and mold the world around her.  Her impact is unquestioned and her courage is undeniable - clearly, a banner carrier for the Open Road Lifestyle.  Tune into our conversation and buckle up to be inspired and wowed by her stories.
08 - Todd Pierce

08 - Todd Pierce

2021-02-1001:05:19

Todd Pierce is a cowboy.  A real cowboy.  Growing up as a wild man, Todd found his calling in bareback Bronco riding.  After being a professional cowboy, Todd launched Riding High Ministries.  Todd & Riding High Ministries host Born Wild events at Prisons, Native American Reservations, retreat centers and church events, wherein Todd demonstrates the gospel of Christ by breaking a wild horse.The first time I met Todd, I was struck by his uncanny ability to speak with such insight and as if he had known me my entire life.  Todd's rough and rowdy life leading up to his acceptance of God gives him a unique perspective on the world that is clear, simple and worth tuning into.In our conversation, we discuss how to live differently by breaking out of our comfort zones, the manhood pandemic in our culture and how to fix it, the fatherlessness problem that our world is experiencing, and how to live with a sincere faith.  Finally, we hear an incredible Dinner Party Story that is thanks to a familiar old friend and to going for it.Todd's cowboy ways awesomely embody the Open Road lifestyle and I am honored to consider him a friend. 
07 - Drinks with Friends 02

07 - Drinks with Friends 02

2021-02-0101:16:32

In our 2nd episode of Drinks with Friends on Open Road, Marshall and Matt join me to discuss Gamestop and the Bachelor.  We also dig into the challenges that 2020 brought us and how they shaped who we are.  Pour yourself a drink and join us at the table for a chat on the margin of life and the sharing of some Dinner Party Stories that deal with challenges.  Stay tuned for a surprise guest at the end of the Episode.0:00 -- Catch Up, Gamestop, Bachelor19:00 -- 2020 Challenges44:30 -- Dinner Party Stories
06 - Brett Rodgers

06 - Brett Rodgers

2021-01-1359:05

Brett Rodgers is a a bit of a University of Texas icon.  Now, coming from an Aggie, that isn't saying a whole lot, but Brett has impacted that school more than most.  Brett is the Vice President of Young Life International University Initiatives, and before that, was the Director of UT Young Life.  Prior to building UT Young Life into the machine that it is today, Brett worked for Young Life in San Antonio, which is where our friendship began.  In our chat, Brett and I talk about his Young Life journey, how he's made decisions along the way, and how he has lived such a profound life of impact.  I'm not kidding you when I say, you will not believe how many weddings I've been to where he was officiating.  Finally, Brett honestly shares how he and his family have been shaped in phenomenal ways in the wake of recent tragedy that has struck his family.  Tune into our conversation to learn from and hear the stories of a guy whose personal impact is unmatched.
05 - Oscar Renteria

05 - Oscar Renteria

2020-12-0757:34

Oscar Renteria is the CEO of Renteria Vineyard Management, one of Napa's leading vineyard companies, and is the Founder and CEO of Tres Perlas, a winery that produces a portfolio of luxury wines.  Alongside his family, Oscar grew up working the vineyards of Napa Valley.  Oscar's father, Salvador, immigrated from Mexico and began his life in America as a Napa Valley vineyard farmer.  Salvador went on to become, not only, a successful entrepreneur in launching Renteria Vineyard Management, but also a treasured Hall of Famer of Napa.  Oscar took over Renteria Vineyard Management and has taken it to new heights.  Additionally, Oscar and his wife fulfilled a dream and bought the iconic Brown Ranch to launch their own Winery, Tres Perlas, that is producing phenomenal wines.In our conversation, we discuss the awe of Napa Valley, the importance of duty to family and heritage, the mistakes that he has made as a leader and how he adjusted, and the incredible story of his family and how grit and character sent the Renteria's on an incredible trajectory.  Cheers!
04 - Dave Eubank

04 - Dave Eubank

2020-11-1701:19:04

Dave Eubank is the Founder and Leader of Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a humanitarian service movement for oppressed ethnic minorities of all races and religions in the Burma, Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Sudan war zones.  Dave is a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer.Dave and his family have quite literally run towards the bullets in the name of protecting and saving those who have fallen under the weight of oppressive tyranny across the world.  Plain and simple, Dave is a man among boys.  But, he's not all brute, he and his family have a love of Christ that drives them to transformational love for all who are around them.In our conversation, we discuss how to overcome fear - in the small and the big moments, how he and his wife have raised their children in war zones across the globe, how America should fight against oppressive tyranny, and finally, a couple of absolutely phenomenal Dinner Party Stories.
03 - Drinks with Friends 01

03 - Drinks with Friends 01

2020-11-0501:05:57

In the inaugural episode of Open Road's new series, Drinks with Friends, three best friends pour a few cocktails, discuss the margin of life, and share Dinner Party Stories.  In every other episode of Open Road, we hear about the hallmark moments that play on the highlight reels of our guest's lives.  But, it's important to see the value in the margin of life also, and to remember that these smaller moments are the building blocks of the hallmark moments and of a life that lives by the Open Road lifestyle.  Drinks with Friends is ridiculous, fun and hopefully entertaining and a bit inspiring.  So, we're going to take a break every handful of episodes and have a Drinks with Friends episode - in these talks, my friends and I will discuss the margin of life, and share some Dinner Party Stories.  0:00 -- Intros12:30 -- Bachelorette Recap25:30 -- Halloween Recap37:30 -- Dinner Party Stories
02 - Will Hurd

02 - Will Hurd

2020-10-0639:04

Will Hurd serves in the House of Representatives as the Congressman for the 23rd District of Texas.  Will was, literally, a secret agent for the CIA in the Middle East for nearly a decade before coming back home to San Antonio to run for Congress.  Our talk ranges from hearing about his time in the CIA to the social and racial unrest and division that our country is facing to what is our nation's biggest problem.  The good thing is, we talk about how to resolve all of these towering obstacles.  His Dinner Party Story will leave you wanting more and with chills.  Will is a dear friend and perfectly embodies the Open Road lifestyle.  
01 - Peter Greer

01 - Peter Greer

2020-09-2859:00

Peter Greer is the CEO of Hope International, sure, but he's also co-written 10 books, works with global leaders, is a committed husband and father to 4 and has lived in some wild places.  Tune into OR's debut episode to gather Peter's take on the poverty problem and how to solve it and what he's gathered along his path as a leader and a family man.  Finally, stay tuned for Peter's Dinner Party Story and make sure that there's something to catch your dropping jaw.
Open Road - Trailer

Open Road - Trailer

2020-09-2105:49

Welcome to Open Road - where you'll find real conversations with extraordinary people and hear their most exceptional stories.This is the introductory episode where host, John Amini, shares what Open Road is all about and what you can expect in the episodes ahead.
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