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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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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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August 18, 2022

My guest today is Duncan Williams. I wanted to have Duncan on this podcast because What started as a small regional municipal bond firm in 1969 grew to be one of the largest female-owned bond broker-dealers in the United States. In addition to this work, this family has a strong presence as a holding company in farmland, apartments, and senior living facilities in the southeastern part of the United States.

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July 28, 2022

My guest today is Scott Felsenthal. I wanted to have Scott on this podcast because he and his family are obviously doing something right. Only 3% of companies make it to the 4th generation, and their company Whitmor is one of them. Scott is the CEO of Whitmor, and it's a privilege to have him on this podcast.

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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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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.