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Service Academy Business Mastermind

Scott Mackes, USNA '01

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Service Academy Business Mastermind

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.

Latest Episodes

#114: Creating An Ecosystem of High-Tech Jobs with John Graham, USMA '87

John Graham (USMA '87) is the CEO at Campfire Capital, an investment banking team that has nearly a century of collective strategic advisory and financial services experience. In today’s episode, we discuss their efforts to build out ThayerGate.Ai, a Business Accelerator program located outside the gates of West Point. ThayerGate.Ai provides below-market occupancy costs, workforce training, mentoring programs, easy access to experienced professionals, and a host of other resources for business owners. I am also joined on this episode by John Vermeesch (USMA '90) and Peter Goudet (USMA '91), President of Campfire Capital. In this episode, we discuss: The special support they are offering business owners who are located at their facility Their mission to support the revitalization and improvement of the Greater West Point-Highland Falls Community The most important skills they learned at West Point that have helped them as entrepreneurs Connect with the team: John Graham on LinkedIn John Vermeesch on LinkedIn Peter Goudet on LinkedIn ThayerGate.ai Campfire Capital 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to John for joining me this week. Until next time! -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

43 MIN23 h ago
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#114: Creating An Ecosystem of High-Tech Jobs with John Graham, USMA '87

#113: Launching a Turnkey Real Estate Investment Company with Stuart Grazier, USNA '02

Stuart Grazier (USNA '02) is an active-duty Navy pilot who has served 17 years in the military. Over the last 11 years, he has purchased approximately $600,000 in performing mortgage notes, 4 single-family rental properties, an RV park, is a part-owner in an apartment complex and mobile home park syndication, and has recently started a turnkey real estate company with his best friend and USNA roommate where they are providing rehabbed, cash flowing rental properties to their network of military/veteran and patriot investors. Starting in June of 2018, his company Storehouse 3:10 Ventures has acquired and sold approximately 35 turnkey rental properties, averaging 2-3 properties per month. Stuart is also the President of the Military Investor Network, which aims to network, educate, and connect other military/veteran service members that are interested in real estate investing. In this episode, Stu and I discuss: How to purchase and analyze a turnkey rental property and the returns the...

50 MIN2 w ago
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#113: Launching a Turnkey Real Estate Investment Company with Stuart Grazier, USNA '02

#112: Launching a Veteran Friendly Franchise with Paul Huszar, USMA '90

Paul Huszar (USMA '90) is the President and CEO of VetCor, a restoration company that solves water and mold damage problems and provides other related services to commercial and residential property owners. VetCor is staffed by military veterans and is currently seeking new franchisees as they expand across the U.S. In this episode, Paul and I discuss: His goal to become the #1 private employer of military veterans The steps to take if you want to become a franchisee The markets they are expanding into across the U.S. Connect with Paul Huszar: Paul on LinkedIn VetCor Franchising 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Paul for joining me this week...

56 MIN3 w ago
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#112: Launching a Veteran Friendly Franchise with Paul Huszar, USMA '90

#111: Disrupting the Tattoo Industry with High-End Boutiques with Peter Joukov, USNA '05

Peter Joukov (USNA '05) is the co-founder of Inq Tattoos, a company that is disrupting the tattoo industry with high-end boutiques that focus on clean design, transparency, and a customer-first philosophy. Their sole focus is to ensure that customers feel welcome, safe, and walk away with an amazing tattoo that they absolutely love. In this episode, Peter and I discuss: Why he decided to open tattoo boutiques and revolutionize the customer experience Franchising opportunities they have available across the country The most important skills he learned at the Naval Academy that have helped him as an entrepreneur Connect with Peter Joukov: Peter on LinkedIn Inq Tattoos 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spo...

42 MINMAY 2
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#111: Disrupting the Tattoo Industry with High-End Boutiques with Peter Joukov, USNA '05

#110: ‘ChowCall’ Food Delivery to Military Bases with Todd Waldemar, USNA ‘89

Todd Waldemar (USNA ’89) is the founder of ChowCall, a Marine Veteran owned, 3rd party food delivery business, unlike anything you have ever seen. With a tap on your phone, ChowCall delivers food from your favorite restaurants right to your barracks, home, or office. Armed with the latest technology, experienced local delivery professionals, and a commitment for service, ChowCall brings food delivery to a new level. In this episode, Todd and I discuss: His explosive sales growth since launching the company in 2019 His unique competitive advantage (military bases!) that allows him to capture market share from the big guys His goal to expand to 9 locations in the next 18 months "Chowcall's unique ability to serve base customers gives us a competitive advantage larger delivery companies can't provide." -Tim Sollars, Director of Ops. Dixon Foods dba McDonalds Connect with Todd Waldemar: Todd on LinkedIn ChowCall If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colle...

39 MINAPR 25
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#110: ‘ChowCall’ Food Delivery to Military Bases with Todd Waldemar, USNA ‘89

#109: Striving for Financial Freedom By Age 30 with Anthony Pinto, USNA '14

Anthony Pinto (USNA '14) is an active duty submarine officer and owner of Pinto Capital Investments, a Commercial Real Estate Investment company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Anthony is building his real estate portfolio and plans to achieve financial freedom before he completes his military obligation. In this episode, Anthony and I discuss: His goal to reach financial freedom before he completes his military service obligation Lessons learned from his first real estate investments and how he has scaled up to larger properties His favorite real estate books and courses Connect with Anthony Pinto: Anthony on LinkedIn Pinto Capital Investments 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Lea...

41 MINAPR 20
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#109: Striving for Financial Freedom By Age 30 with Anthony Pinto, USNA '14

#108: Starting a Cloud-Based Law Firm with Tim Parlatore, USNA '02

Tim Parlatore (USNA '02) is the Founder of Parlatore Law Group, a cloud-based law firm that eliminates all the unnecessary overhead expenses associated with traditional law firms while providing the highest quality legal services. By trimming all the excess expenses and passing those savings on to clients, Parlatore Law Group’s attorneys can devote their full efforts to solving problems and working together as a cohesive team without the necessity of working in a physical office. In this episode, Tim and I discuss: The #1 reason why his teammates and clients love the cloud-based business model His firm’s current job openings The most important skills he learned at the Naval Academy that have helped him as an entrepreneur Connect with Tim Parlatore: Tim on LinkedIn Parlatore Law Group Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Tim for joining me this week. Until next time...

40 MINAPR 13
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#108: Starting a Cloud-Based Law Firm with Tim Parlatore, USNA '02

#107: Creating Cutting-Edge Military Planning Software with Grant Demaree, USMA '13

Grant Demaree (USMA '13) is the Co-Founder of Onebrief, a collaborative platform that facilitates rapid executive decision-making for businesses and military planning. Onebrief supports large-scale collaboration on the Joint Planning Process and automates the outputs, such as OPLANs, OPORDs, sync matrices, and maps. Onebrief is being used in exercises in the Army and Air Force, including the Army War College and is backed by AFWERX and by Alchemist Accelerator. In this episode, Grant and I discuss: His company’s goals to become the interoperability standard for all joint planning across the US military and our allies How he connected with his co-founder and the story of how they brought their product to market His best lessons learned from the Alchemist Accelerator and the AFWERX application process Connect with Grant Demaree: Grant on LinkedIn Onebrief Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star r...

41 MINAPR 3
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#107: Creating Cutting-Edge Military Planning Software with Grant Demaree, USMA '13

#106: Starting a Cyber Security Recruiting Business with Stephen Semmelroth, USMA '11

Stephen Semmelroth (USMA '11) is a veteran-focused cybersecurity recruiter where he develops Cyber Vets and finds them jobs. As a cybersecurity recruiter, he matches the nation's best Cyber Veterans (any Federal alumni, clearance holder, or military spouse) with tech jobs across the country. In this episode, Stephen and I discuss: The explosive growth of the cybersecurity industry Current job openings he has available The ups and downs of starting a business and how he has persevered Connect with Stephen Semmelroth: Stephen on LinkedIn StrataCore Website 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Stephen for joining me this week. Until next time! -Sc...

54 MINMAR 28
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#106: Starting a Cyber Security Recruiting Business with Stephen Semmelroth, USMA '11

#105: Navigating Uncertainty with an Abundance Mindset

On today’s podcast I’m joined by Bill Militello (USNA ’92) who shares how an “abundance mindset” and a simple shift in thinking can help us navigate successfully through uncertain times. Bill is the CEO of Militello Capital and LocalVest.com. Militello Capital is a team of veteran entrepreneurs who invest capital in joint ventures with a select group of highly successful private equity and real estate operators. LocalVest is an exclusive community for accredited investors to discover, research, and discuss private investments with knowledgeable investment professionals. In this episode, Bill and I discuss: How he uses vision boards and mind movies to create a life of abundance How your feelings attract abundance (or scarcity) into your life Why Academy grads will persevere through this crisis and create more value than ever before Connect with Bill Militello: Bill on LinkedIn Militello Capital LocalVest *Special thanks to Ginni Guiton (USMA) from GGHypnosis.com for providing th...

65 MINMAR 22
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#105: Navigating Uncertainty with an Abundance Mindset

Latest Episodes

#114: Creating An Ecosystem of High-Tech Jobs with John Graham, USMA '87

John Graham (USMA '87) is the CEO at Campfire Capital, an investment banking team that has nearly a century of collective strategic advisory and financial services experience. In today’s episode, we discuss their efforts to build out ThayerGate.Ai, a Business Accelerator program located outside the gates of West Point. ThayerGate.Ai provides below-market occupancy costs, workforce training, mentoring programs, easy access to experienced professionals, and a host of other resources for business owners. I am also joined on this episode by John Vermeesch (USMA '90) and Peter Goudet (USMA '91), President of Campfire Capital. In this episode, we discuss: The special support they are offering business owners who are located at their facility Their mission to support the revitalization and improvement of the Greater West Point-Highland Falls Community The most important skills they learned at West Point that have helped them as entrepreneurs Connect with the team: John Graham on LinkedIn John Vermeesch on LinkedIn Peter Goudet on LinkedIn ThayerGate.ai Campfire Capital 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to John for joining me this week. Until next time! -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

43 MIN23 h ago
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#114: Creating An Ecosystem of High-Tech Jobs with John Graham, USMA '87

#113: Launching a Turnkey Real Estate Investment Company with Stuart Grazier, USNA '02

Stuart Grazier (USNA '02) is an active-duty Navy pilot who has served 17 years in the military. Over the last 11 years, he has purchased approximately $600,000 in performing mortgage notes, 4 single-family rental properties, an RV park, is a part-owner in an apartment complex and mobile home park syndication, and has recently started a turnkey real estate company with his best friend and USNA roommate where they are providing rehabbed, cash flowing rental properties to their network of military/veteran and patriot investors. Starting in June of 2018, his company Storehouse 3:10 Ventures has acquired and sold approximately 35 turnkey rental properties, averaging 2-3 properties per month. Stuart is also the President of the Military Investor Network, which aims to network, educate, and connect other military/veteran service members that are interested in real estate investing. In this episode, Stu and I discuss: How to purchase and analyze a turnkey rental property and the returns the...

50 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#113: Launching a Turnkey Real Estate Investment Company with Stuart Grazier, USNA '02

#112: Launching a Veteran Friendly Franchise with Paul Huszar, USMA '90

Paul Huszar (USMA '90) is the President and CEO of VetCor, a restoration company that solves water and mold damage problems and provides other related services to commercial and residential property owners. VetCor is staffed by military veterans and is currently seeking new franchisees as they expand across the U.S. In this episode, Paul and I discuss: His goal to become the #1 private employer of military veterans The steps to take if you want to become a franchisee The markets they are expanding into across the U.S. Connect with Paul Huszar: Paul on LinkedIn VetCor Franchising 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Paul for joining me this week...

56 MIN3 w ago
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#112: Launching a Veteran Friendly Franchise with Paul Huszar, USMA '90

#111: Disrupting the Tattoo Industry with High-End Boutiques with Peter Joukov, USNA '05

Peter Joukov (USNA '05) is the co-founder of Inq Tattoos, a company that is disrupting the tattoo industry with high-end boutiques that focus on clean design, transparency, and a customer-first philosophy. Their sole focus is to ensure that customers feel welcome, safe, and walk away with an amazing tattoo that they absolutely love. In this episode, Peter and I discuss: Why he decided to open tattoo boutiques and revolutionize the customer experience Franchising opportunities they have available across the country The most important skills he learned at the Naval Academy that have helped him as an entrepreneur Connect with Peter Joukov: Peter on LinkedIn Inq Tattoos 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spo...

42 MINMAY 2
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#111: Disrupting the Tattoo Industry with High-End Boutiques with Peter Joukov, USNA '05

#110: ‘ChowCall’ Food Delivery to Military Bases with Todd Waldemar, USNA ‘89

Todd Waldemar (USNA ’89) is the founder of ChowCall, a Marine Veteran owned, 3rd party food delivery business, unlike anything you have ever seen. With a tap on your phone, ChowCall delivers food from your favorite restaurants right to your barracks, home, or office. Armed with the latest technology, experienced local delivery professionals, and a commitment for service, ChowCall brings food delivery to a new level. In this episode, Todd and I discuss: His explosive sales growth since launching the company in 2019 His unique competitive advantage (military bases!) that allows him to capture market share from the big guys His goal to expand to 9 locations in the next 18 months "Chowcall's unique ability to serve base customers gives us a competitive advantage larger delivery companies can't provide." -Tim Sollars, Director of Ops. Dixon Foods dba McDonalds Connect with Todd Waldemar: Todd on LinkedIn ChowCall If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colle...

39 MINAPR 25
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#110: ‘ChowCall’ Food Delivery to Military Bases with Todd Waldemar, USNA ‘89

#109: Striving for Financial Freedom By Age 30 with Anthony Pinto, USNA '14

Anthony Pinto (USNA '14) is an active duty submarine officer and owner of Pinto Capital Investments, a Commercial Real Estate Investment company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Anthony is building his real estate portfolio and plans to achieve financial freedom before he completes his military obligation. In this episode, Anthony and I discuss: His goal to reach financial freedom before he completes his military service obligation Lessons learned from his first real estate investments and how he has scaled up to larger properties His favorite real estate books and courses Connect with Anthony Pinto: Anthony on LinkedIn Pinto Capital Investments 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Lea...

41 MINAPR 20
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#109: Striving for Financial Freedom By Age 30 with Anthony Pinto, USNA '14

#108: Starting a Cloud-Based Law Firm with Tim Parlatore, USNA '02

Tim Parlatore (USNA '02) is the Founder of Parlatore Law Group, a cloud-based law firm that eliminates all the unnecessary overhead expenses associated with traditional law firms while providing the highest quality legal services. By trimming all the excess expenses and passing those savings on to clients, Parlatore Law Group’s attorneys can devote their full efforts to solving problems and working together as a cohesive team without the necessity of working in a physical office. In this episode, Tim and I discuss: The #1 reason why his teammates and clients love the cloud-based business model His firm’s current job openings The most important skills he learned at the Naval Academy that have helped him as an entrepreneur Connect with Tim Parlatore: Tim on LinkedIn Parlatore Law Group Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Tim for joining me this week. Until next time...

40 MINAPR 13
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#108: Starting a Cloud-Based Law Firm with Tim Parlatore, USNA '02

#107: Creating Cutting-Edge Military Planning Software with Grant Demaree, USMA '13

Grant Demaree (USMA '13) is the Co-Founder of Onebrief, a collaborative platform that facilitates rapid executive decision-making for businesses and military planning. Onebrief supports large-scale collaboration on the Joint Planning Process and automates the outputs, such as OPLANs, OPORDs, sync matrices, and maps. Onebrief is being used in exercises in the Army and Air Force, including the Army War College and is backed by AFWERX and by Alchemist Accelerator. In this episode, Grant and I discuss: His company’s goals to become the interoperability standard for all joint planning across the US military and our allies How he connected with his co-founder and the story of how they brought their product to market His best lessons learned from the Alchemist Accelerator and the AFWERX application process Connect with Grant Demaree: Grant on LinkedIn Onebrief Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star r...

41 MINAPR 3
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#107: Creating Cutting-Edge Military Planning Software with Grant Demaree, USMA '13

#106: Starting a Cyber Security Recruiting Business with Stephen Semmelroth, USMA '11

Stephen Semmelroth (USMA '11) is a veteran-focused cybersecurity recruiter where he develops Cyber Vets and finds them jobs. As a cybersecurity recruiter, he matches the nation's best Cyber Veterans (any Federal alumni, clearance holder, or military spouse) with tech jobs across the country. In this episode, Stephen and I discuss: The explosive growth of the cybersecurity industry Current job openings he has available The ups and downs of starting a business and how he has persevered Connect with Stephen Semmelroth: Stephen on LinkedIn StrataCore Website 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 canjoin our supportive communityand get started today. Subscribe and help out the show: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Also available on Google Play, Spotify & Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Stephen for joining me this week. Until next time! -Sc...

54 MINMAR 28
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#106: Starting a Cyber Security Recruiting Business with Stephen Semmelroth, USMA '11

#105: Navigating Uncertainty with an Abundance Mindset

On today’s podcast I’m joined by Bill Militello (USNA ’92) who shares how an “abundance mindset” and a simple shift in thinking can help us navigate successfully through uncertain times. Bill is the CEO of Militello Capital and LocalVest.com. Militello Capital is a team of veteran entrepreneurs who invest capital in joint ventures with a select group of highly successful private equity and real estate operators. LocalVest is an exclusive community for accredited investors to discover, research, and discuss private investments with knowledgeable investment professionals. In this episode, Bill and I discuss: How he uses vision boards and mind movies to create a life of abundance How your feelings attract abundance (or scarcity) into your life Why Academy grads will persevere through this crisis and create more value than ever before Connect with Bill Militello: Bill on LinkedIn Militello Capital LocalVest *Special thanks to Ginni Guiton (USMA) from GGHypnosis.com for providing th...

65 MINMAR 22
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#105: Navigating Uncertainty with an Abundance Mindset
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