About Sam Makhoul

To accurately describe Sam in only a few words would, indeed, be difficult. With a background including law, financial services, property development, furniture retail, and hospitality, Sam could never be labeled ‘one-dimensional’. Rather, he holds an incredible insight, developed and refined throughout his diverse and successful career.

He is caring, genuine and wholeheartedly dedicated to helping people and organisations reach their highest potential.

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Sam is a loving father of three; Christopher, Matthew and Amelia. He lives with Amelia, his beautiful wife Katrina and their dog Molly in Sydney.


Sam was born and raised in Beirut in the 1960’s. He loved his grandmother and considered her a second mother. Her name was Rose (in Arabic, grandmother translates to ‘Teyta’).

Teyta Rose taught Sam how to milk cows and goats. Best of all she taught him how to cook. Sam loved to watch her cook for hours on end, and would often be found peeking over her shoulders while she stirred the pot over a fire that burned on the floor of her humble little cottage. She would often get him to fetch thyme and other herbs and vegetables from her garden.

Sam was known as a boy who liked to climb trees, especially the mulberry tree at the front of his Teyta’s house. He has a scar on his leg from when he slipped on a stump whilst climbing to a higher branch.
Due to the Civil War, Sam migrated to Australia with his parents and brother in 1973, knowing only Arabic, French and basic English.


Growing up in Sydney’s west, Sam, although showing an interest in language, art and poetry, rebelled against the strict discipline of the school system. Often truanting, Sam had poor results and not a great interest in education, until his mathematics teacher took an interest in him and inspired him to believe in his abilities. He went on to achieve entry into law school and completed a Master of Laws degree at the University of New South Wales.


Sam achieved partnership status early in his legal career, which led to opening his own law firm. His most recent venture focused on the banking and finance industry, and it recently engaged in a strategic alliance with one of the world’s largest wholesale banks.


Sam is dedicated to building entrepreneurs and helping businesses to achieve success, and would love to share his knowledge with you. A passionate entrepreneur starting at a very early age, his successful business portfolio has spanned from hair salons, multi million dollar property developments, law firms focused in banking & finance, European furniture distribution, and restaurants. Sam has learned that you cannot achieve success and remain successful without an enthusiastic involvement of your team. It is this experience that makes Sam an effective & powerful success coach to work with. He coaches from experience.

Sam is a strong believer in doing what you love, and encourages his clients to find and follow their passions. An engaging speaker, leader and mentor, Sam truly believes that people are a company’s greatest asset. He helps business leaders focus on making the team their first priority. Sam ultimately believes that human motivation leads to business innovation. Sam has successfully coached and mentored his own teams, and a number of senior executives and teams from Australia’s largest corporations. He has also coached a number of individuals simply looking to live their best life.

Sam has conducted training seminars for many Australian and international financial institutions. In 2000, Sam had his first taste of large-scale audiences, presenting to over 1000 attendees at Property Expo. The buzz of the audience got Sam hooked on public speaking, and it has been his passion ever since. Whether he is speaking to 10 people or 1000 people, Sam brings intensity to the message that stirs his listeners. His talks are dynamic, challenging, eloquent and entertaining.


With a love of writing since childhood, Sam delights in the meaning and enjoyment the written word can bring to people’s lives. Sam commenced his writing career in 1983. He has written everything from poetry to banking and finance law articles. A Higher Branch is his first published book. Sam plans on publishing another eight books on each Tree of Life. Sam has also commenced writing a novel titled “A Bodyguard in Beirut”.

Nutrition has been a lifelong study for Sam. He believes in growing your own vegetables and notes that cooking a meal should be a pleasure shared by all members of the family. Sam is a big fan of Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and most of all, his mother, whom he thinks is the best and fastest cook in the world.