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Driven By

You'll hear from those who have boldly blazed their own trail. We discuss what drives them, the risks they have taken, what they have learned, what’s most important to them, the ups and downs along the way and I hope this helps you find what drives you.

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Sharing experiences, insights, and the drivers behind why my guests have built what they have built and how this applies to what drives you.

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In my top five favorite podcasts!

“I really look forward every week to see what conversations Sam is going to bring on the show. I love how he has guests from all walks of life and fields. But all have the same thing they are driven.”

Lessons for a Lifetime

What great format for sharing these conversations! I could have listened to your conversations with Mike Bruns for several more hours. An amazing life influencer and just the nicest person you will ever meet! A must listen whether trying to be better in corporate business, non-profits or just life. Love the way Sam asks questions, reflects and circles back on key content and is so respectful during the interview.

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June 9, 2022

My guest today is Eric Barnes. Eric is the CEO of the Daily Memphian, the largest single market digital-only local news site in the United States.

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May 26, 2022

My guest today is Tim Belk. Tim, his wife Sarah, and his children operate Wild Hope Farm out of Chester, South Carolina.

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May 12, 2022

My guest today is Mason George. Mason is an entrepreneur and business executive with IMC Companies.

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April 28, 2022

My guest today is Rick Spell. Rick is the owner of Spell Restaurant group.

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April 14, 2022

So far in my life, I have yet to meet someone who has overcome more obstacles in their life to become an entrepreneur in the United States and benefit from capitalism.

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Even in the midst of challenges and difficulty, there is good and value created in the world we live in. I believe that every person is wired to create value in our society and culture. In Conversations That Create Change, I interview people who have experiences and insights to share that are applicable to everyday life as we know it.

My hope is that by the end of each episode, you will be entertained and take away something that you will be able to apply to your own life.


Sam Coates


Sam Coates is an entrepreneur based in Memphis, TN.