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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

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 25 Ratings

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.

    #160: Transforming Your Business with a Startup Accelerator with Todd Waldemar and Evans McMillion

    #160: Transforming Your Business with a Startup Accelerator with Todd Waldemar and Evans McMillion

    Today we welcome Todd Waldemar (USNA ‘89) back to the podcast (he first joined us on Episode #110).  Todd is the founder of ChowCall and recently went through the 757 Accelerate program.  He joins us today along with Evans McMillion, 757 Accelerate’s Executive Director, to share how the program helped ChowCall grow.  757 Accelerate is a nonprofit startup accelerator program focused on founders and their growth.    
    In this episode, we discuss:
    ChowCall’s exciting growth and their newest offering, grocery delivery from base commissaries 757 Accelerate’s focus and how it works with founders to grow their businesses The type of founders 757 Accelerate focuses on supporting, specifically military and underrepresented founders Connect with Todd and Evans:
    Todd Waldemar ChowCall Evans McMillion 757 Accelerate 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

    • 49 min
    #159: From Air Force Officer to Art Dealer with Marques Hardin, USAFA ‘03

    #159: From Air Force Officer to Art Dealer with Marques Hardin, USAFA ‘03

    Marques Hardin (USAFA ‘03) is an art buyer and advisor and the cofounder of Artgence, an agency focused on connecting art collectors with artists.  Artgence offers personal art shopping services, hosts virtual art galleries and offers premium 3D virtual art fair experiences.
    In this episode, Marques and I discuss:
    The career pivot that brought him from the corporate world to the art world How he uses technology to share art with his clients The skills he gained during his time in the Air Force and at the Air Force Academy that helped him build his own business  Connect with Marques:
    Marques Hardin Artgence 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 Marques for joining me this week.  Until next time!
    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 43 min
    #158: Discovering Your Passion through a Personal Challenge with Ed Henkler, USNA ‘78

    #158: Discovering Your Passion through a Personal Challenge with Ed Henkler, USNA ‘78

    Ed Henkler (USNA ‘78) is the Founder of The Blind Guide, a company that helps people who have lost their vision shift their goals from surviving to thriving by offering employment initiatives, assistive technologies, and other resources.   
    In this episode, Ed and I discuss:
    A career shift in his 50s that led him to pursue his passion to help the blind community The networking mistakes he made early in his career and his belief that networking is about giving back to others How the lessons he learned at the Naval Academy and during his time in the Navy are helping him today in the business world Connect with Ed:
    Ed Henkler The Blind Guide 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 Ed for joining me this week.  Until next time!
    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 36 min
    #157: Starting an Aviation Business with Dave Jesurun, USAFA ‘96

    #157: Starting an Aviation Business with Dave Jesurun, USAFA ‘96

    Dave Jesurun (USAFA ‘96) is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Pilot at High Country Air Service, an aviation services firm.  High Country Air Service offers turnkey flight services to its customers including aircraft acquisition, aircraft/fleet management, aircraft ferrying, maintenance, and pilot contracting. 
    In this episode, Dave and I discuss:
    How his master’s thesis at Naval Postgraduate School led him to start High Country Air Service The high level of attention to detail that High Country Air Service offers its customers, inspired by his career as an Air Force pilot The exciting next step he is hoping to take with High Country Air Service Connect with Dave:
    Dave Jesurun High Country Air Service 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 Dave for joining me this week.  Until next time!
    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 27 min
    #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.
    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 Barbara for joining me this week.  Until next time!
    -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:
    Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Podcasts, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Josh for joining me this week.  Until next time!
    -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

    • 35 min

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