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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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“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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My guest this week is John Carroll. Lately, I’ve wondered how do you confidently promote a city with significant issues. John is behind the highly successful grassroots nonprofit Choose 901 and City Leadership out of Memphis, TN.

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December 20, 2022

My guest today is Will Chase. This is the second time Will is on this podcast. I’ve heard great feedback about his episode #62, so check it out.

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November 17, 2022

My guest today is Bob Fockler, former investment banker turned Community builder and asset allocator.

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October 26, 2022

My guest, today for the 2nd time, is Youth Villages CEO Pat Lawler.

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September 29, 2022

My guest today is Frank Cianciola. I’m fortunate to interview many people across the country for the corporate interviews I produce. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that if something works in one market, those principles will work in every market.

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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.