Sam Carpenter

Founder, CEO, majority owner.

Sam founded Centratel in 1984. With a background in engineering, construction management, forestry, publishing, and journalism, and residing in Bend, Oregon, outside interests include mountaineering, skiing, cycling, writing, reading, and traveling. His book, Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less first published in 2008, is in its third edition. His second book, The Systems Mindset: Managing the Machinery of Your Life was published in hardcover in May 2016. Other enterprises include business educational products, business documentation software, digital marketing services, and business coaching and consulting (see www.workthesystem.com). Sam is founder and director of Kashmir Family Aid, a 501C3 non-profit, aiding surviving school children of the 2005 Northern Pakistan and Azad Kashmir earthquake.


Sam Kirkaldie
Sam Kirkaldie

Minority owner, VP

Sam has been active in the media and telecommunications fields for over 30 years. A stock holder since 2000, Sam has special interests in community affairs, writing, systems organization and public relations. He has served as a board member and president of various media and broadcasting trade organizations and built a major Central Oregon radio station from the ground up. A native of Montana and an Oregonian since 1972, his outside interests include traveling, fishing, camping, hiking, golf, skiing, racquetball and running (and, in his younger years in Montana, he was a rodeo bull rider.) Sam and his wife Bev live in Bend and are the parents of three sons.