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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.

Driven By with Sam Coates Sam Coates

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 93 Ratings

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

    "A Calling, Not A Job" with Dr. Kevin Reed

    "A Calling, Not A Job" with Dr. Kevin Reed

    This family doesn’t care about taking Private Equity money and selling. They are all in on their 75-year history and 3rd generation family business.
    This family business started with Generation 1. Dr. Lloyd Reed founded this family business right after WW2. 75 Years later, Generation 3 is now running it with Generation 2, and they have no plans on slowing down.
    Dr. Kevin Reed is 2nd generation of Reed Family Dentistry, which is located about 16 miles from Memphis, TN, with a population of 10,508 people. I used to think that a bigger city meant better care and technology. That’s not the case. What stood out to me here was the number of patients they serve annually, their principles on capital investment and technology, and their commitment to their field and what’s ahead.
    Small Businesses are the backbone of America, and this is a great episode about building a multi-generational family business, finding yourself, maintaining a high standard of patient care, plus so much more.
    Please enjoy this week’s episode with Dr. Kevin Reed!
    Links:https://www.mcguirewoods.com/client-resources/alerts/2023/5/consolidation-dsos-secondary-private-equity-sales/https://reedfamilydentistry.com/https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2022/03/25/how-small-businesses-drive-the-american-economy/?sh=6c90aad34169

    • 36 min
    Passion, Discipline, and Opportunity with Entrepreneur Bill Courtney

    Passion, Discipline, and Opportunity with Entrepreneur Bill Courtney

    My guest this week is Bill Courtney. Bill is the CEO and founder of Classic American Hardwoods. An 80 Million a year global lumber company based out of Memphis, TN. Bill started this company out of his living room in 2001.
    Bill is also the host of the Army of Normal Folks Podcast, a former High School Football Coach, Featured in the Award Winning Documentary Undefeated, plus much more.
    This interview is unique. Bill goes into his tough upbringing, selling cars, learning from legendary entrepreneurs, risk, his Faith, and everything entrepreneurship plus so much more.
    Please enjoy this episode with Bill Courtney and go check out his podcast An Army of Normal Folks.
    Links:https://www.cahmemphis.comhttps://www.coachbillcourtney.comhttps://www.normalfolks.ushttps://www.coachbillcourtney.com/films/https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-courtney/

    • 53 min
    “So You Want To Rethink High School?" with Ryan Pryor of Crosstown High School

    “So You Want To Rethink High School?" with Ryan Pryor of Crosstown High School

    My guest this week is Ryan Pryor. Ryan is an educator with Crosstown High School based out of Memphis, Tennessee.
    The Public School system in the United States is broken. To better understand this why I did  a podcast with an educator that’s not scared to do something different.
    Crosstown High School was started out of the XQ Institute which works directly with the Emerson Collective which has been established by Laurene Powell Jobs.
    Our education problems are not local, they are national. They affect all of us.
    This episode covers:
    The history of education in the U.S.A. and why the model is outdated and brokenThe heart of an educator and how it’s in your bloodAll the barriers and special interests that block change and what has to happen to do it a better wayPlus much more!Please enjoy this episode with Ryan Pryor!
    Links:Bold crosstown high school- www.crosstownhigh.orgpublic school system in usa is broken- https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/01/30/public-education-crisis-enrollment-violence/xq institute- https://xqsuperschool.org/about/Emerson collective- https://www.emersoncollective.com/our-work/philanthropy--

    • 1 hr 12 min
    “Build A Better Mousetrap” with Vital Records Control CEO Danny Palo

    “Build A Better Mousetrap” with Vital Records Control CEO Danny Palo

    My guest this week is Danny Palo. Danny is the CEO of Vital Records Control. This company started in 1988 at $300,000.00 in annual revenue and today is at $300,000,000.00. Windjammer Capital now owns VRC and is in 80 markets with 2,000 employees.
    What’s even more impressive is that Danny’s only job prior was flipping hamburgers. He then started as a delivery driver, dropped out of college, and has run this company for nearly 40 years with a great group of long-time associates, original investors, and owners. They are one of the top leaders in their industry.
    The document management industry has exploded with the adoption of computers and printing, and now, there is a shift to digital.
    This is a great episode that covers:
    Why not having a college degree hasn’t held Danny backOperating principles that have driven success for decades and why staying relentlessly focused on the customer drives successThe value of doing a deal with the right private equity partner and what makes that workPlus, so much more!
    Please enjoy this week’s episode with VRC Networks CEO Danny Palo!
    Danny- https://www.linkedin.com/in/danny-palo-46650225/VRC- https://vitalrecordscontrol.com/Windjammer- www.windjammercapital.com

    • 1 hr 11 min
    “Small Town Values And Big Time Success” with Andy Heck

    “Small Town Values And Big Time Success” with Andy Heck

    My guest this week is Andy Heck. Andy is the Co-owner and President of Alpin Haus, an outdoor recreation powerhouse out of Amsterdam, New York. Alpin Haus has 300 employees and does 100 Million in revenue It is a third-generation private family business that started like many other great American companies with entrepreneurs and a dream. The outdoor recreation space has exploded, and this family business has endured many ups and downs over the last 59 years. This is a great episode that covers: How Generation 2 took things to a whole new level after building off the foundation their Dad started Why 2008 was a bloodbath and the hard lessons they learned that put them in a strong position when the Covid pandemic first started When the rest of the country is struggling with recruiting, why are they thriving, and how do their small-town values drive connection and engagement The deeper meaning behind what they do- why their RV’s, boats, snowmobiles, ski equipment, and more drive experiences and meaning to the families they serve Plus much more Please enjoy this week’s episode with Alpin Haus, President Andy Heck! Links:https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellebruton/2023/02/28/outdoor-recreation-industry-sees-significant-growth-with-changes-in-consumer-behavior-sparked-by-covid-19/?sh=53bedfc01c1b--

    • 1 hr 10 min
    "We're Stewards Of The Land: Alma Del Jaguar Tequila" with McCauley Williams

    "We're Stewards Of The Land: Alma Del Jaguar Tequila" with McCauley Williams

    Hey Everybody, my guest this week is entrepreneur and founder of Alma Del Jaguar McCauley Williams. This episode was a blast. McCauley, a former corporate attorney and C.E.O. of Bluenote Bourbon and he went all in on this new tequila company earlier this year. As McCauley says, we’re overloaded with options as consumers, and authenticity and transparency matter more now than ever. McCauley has put everything he has into this company and then raised several million dollars and found one of a kind production partner in Mexico. This is a great episode that covers: A deep dive into the spirits business- the past, present, and future Why some believe tequila will pass vodka as the U.S.’s most popular spirit Building everything from the ground up with extreme detail and why that matters Plus, much more. Please enjoy this week’s episode with McCauley Williams! Links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mccauley-williams-6667953a/ https://www.almadeljaguar.com/ https://time.com/6276345/tequila-us-popular-climate-change-impact/

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

MICR Shane ,

Top level

Sam Coates belongs on the world stage of talented, engaging interviewers.
Memphis is lucky to have Sam who gives is world class abilities to this market.

His story-telling, cadence, pace, authenticity, and commitment is unmatched.

CameronRushing ,

Well done!

As a former Memphian who loves to keep connection to the city, I especially love hearing these stories from respected Memphis business leaders. Sam has a natural ability to drive free-flowing conversation and allow his guests to take center stage.

steve of the south ,

Muddys

So impressed with Kat. Authentic, vulnerable and smart. So grateful to have listened

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