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The Service Academy Business Mastermind (SABM) is a transformational program for Service Academy graduates who are building businesses.

Our podcast features entrepreneurial success stories from the Service Academy community (West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy).

To learn more, please visit: www.sabmgroup.com.

Service Academy Business Mastermind Scott Mackes, USNA '01

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The Service Academy Business Mastermind (SABM) is a transformational program for Service Academy graduates who are building businesses.

Our podcast features entrepreneurial success stories from the Service Academy community (West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy).

To learn more, please visit: www.sabmgroup.com.

    #156: How to Win Federal Contracts with Barbara Ashe

    #156: How to Win Federal Contracts with Barbara Ashe

    Barbara Ashe is the Director and Founder of the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP), a nonprofit focused on training veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses on how to compete, comply and perform in the federal marketplace.  VIP offers four different curriculums to connect veteran-owned businesses with the information and resources they need to grow in the federal market at no cost to participants.  
    In this episode, Barbara and I discuss:
    The tremendous growth companies experience after going through VIP’s programs and the community VIP fosters How VIP’s mission and focus remains the same since its inception almost 12 years ago VIP's exciting new marketplace platform that is keyword searchable for industry and government Connect with Barbara:
    Barbara Ashe National VIP If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service Academy graduate and want to take your business to the next level, you can join our supportive community and get started today.
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    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 40 min
    #155: Helping Veterans Succeed in Politics with Joshua McCarver, USMA ‘07

    #155: Helping Veterans Succeed in Politics with Joshua McCarver, USMA ‘07

    Joshua McCarver (USMA ‘07) is the founder of Academy Politics, a nonprofit focused on recruiting, educating, and connecting Service Academy graduates who want to transition into politics.  Academy Politics focuses on improving the bipartisan problem-solving nature of government while working to put more veterans into public office at the local, state, and national levels. 
    In this episode, Josh and I discuss:
    Why it is important to get more veterans into public office How his organization started with a Facebook group in 2018  Academy Politics’ training partners and the network that supports Service Academy graduates interested in running for office The lessons he learned at West Point and during his military career that are helping him grow the Academy Politics community Connect with Josh:
    Joshua McCarver Academy Politics The Academy Politics Facebook group If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service Academy graduate and want to take your business to the next level, you can join our supportive community and get started today.
    Subscribe and help out the show:
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    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 35 min
    #154: Real Estate Accelerator Success Story with Michael Cygan, USMA '01

    #154: Real Estate Accelerator Success Story with Michael Cygan, USMA '01

    Michael Cygan (USMA '01) is a Director at Alix Partners where he helps clients manage their supply chain by  focusing on the intersection of consumer products and procurement.  He is also a graduate of the Real Estate Accelerator class 2019-1.
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Why Michael decided to join the Real Estate Accelerator after a career transition in 2018 How he climbed his way out of credit card debt and put his family on an exciting new path How his extreme discipline combined with accountability and mentoring from the Accelerator team has changed the trajectory of his financial future Connect with Michael Cygan on LinkedIn.
    If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service Academy graduate and would like to learn more about our Real Estate Accelerator, please visit: https://sabmgroup.com/realestate/
    Subscribe and help out the show:
    Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Podcasts, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Michael Cygan and Buddy Rushing for the amazing interview.  Until next time!
    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 26 min
    #153: Building Smarter, More Connected Local Communities with Alex Pederson, USAFA ‘08

    #153: Building Smarter, More Connected Local Communities with Alex Pederson, USAFA ‘08

    Alex Pederson  (USAFA ‘08) is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Polco, an online platform that supports community engagement in local government.  Alex and his partner built Polco because they found that government officials, specifically those at the local level, have difficulty getting real-time and reliable input from their communities.   
    In this episode, Alex and I discuss:
    How direct feedback from a city manager led to a pivot in his business A success story with a small town 90-year old constituent that illustrates how Polco gives community members a chance to share their voices Why he thinks working with another Academy graduate or military veteran makes for a strong business partnership The key skills and lessons learned from his time at the Air Force Academy and in the Air Force that are helping him today as an entrepreneur   Connect with Alex:
    Alex Pederson Polco If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service Academy graduate and want to take your business to the next level, you can join our supportive community and get started today.
    Subscribe and help out the show:
    Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Podcasts, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Alex for joining me this week.  Until next time!
    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 23 min
    #152: Becoming a Personal Stylist with Tracey Moys, USNA ‘96

    #152: Becoming a Personal Stylist with Tracey Moys, USNA ‘96

    Tracey Moys (USNA ‘96) is a Color Consultant with House of Colour in West Cornwall, England.  Tracey has a master’s degree in meteorology and oceanography but, after becoming a mother and experiencing loss, she shifted careers to focus on helping others discover their best selves.  
    In this episode, Tracey and I discuss:
    How your image and style can impact your self-confidence and how she pushes her clients to be more authentic How she found her passion as a color consultant The lessons she learned at the Naval Academy and as a Naval Officer that are helping her run her business, especially during the pandemic Connect with Tracey:
    Tracey Moys House of Colour West Cornwall If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service Academy graduate and want to take your business to the next level, you can join our supportive community and get started today.
    Subscribe and help out the show:
    Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Podcasts, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Tracey for joining me this week.  Until next time!
    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 48 min
    #151: Becoming Happier and Healthier at Work with Theresa Larson & Jon Macaskill, USNA ‘01

    #151: Becoming Happier and Healthier at Work with Theresa Larson & Jon Macaskill, USNA ‘01

    Dr. Theresa Larson, a USMC veteran, and Jon Macaskill (USNA ‘01), a retired Navy SEAL, are partners working to bring mindfulness and movement into workplaces with their M2Rx Seminar for Employees.  Theresa is the president of Movement Rx whose mission is to empower people with the knowledge and tools to achieve a lifetime of physical freedom, and Jon is a mindfulness teacher.  Through their seminar, Theresa and Jon introduce self-care techniques to employees so that they can be healthy and present to do their best work while simultaneously improving their physical and emotional health.  
    In this episode, Jon, Theresa, and I discuss:
    How their seminars give participants mindfulness and movement tools to increase their productivity and improve workplace culture The timeliness of their offering as everyone’s stress is at an all-time high and movement is at an all-time low because of the global pandemic Their personal stories of how what they are teaching has helped them overcome personal and professional challenges Some stress and movement tips for our community to be happier, healthier, and more productive Connect with Jon and Theresa:
    Jon Macaskill Theresa Larson Mindfulness & Movement Rx Seminar for Employees If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service Academy graduate and want to take your business to the next level, you can join our supportive community and get started today.
    Subscribe and help out the show:
    Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Podcasts, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Jon and Theresa for joining me this week.  Until next time!
    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 50 min

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