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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

#140: Real Estate Accelerator Success Story with Tom Connally, USNA ‘83

Tom Connally (USNA ’83) is the founder of Connally Consulting where he helps leaders and organizations improve their performance and success professionally, personally, spiritually, and physically. He is also a graduate of Real Estate Accelerator class 2019-2. In this episode, we discuss: Why Tom decided to join the Real Estate Accelerator after 5+ years into retirement Tom’s path to purchasing five properties in less than a year The tax savings strategy that Tom used to save over $20,000 in taxes Connect with Tom Connally: Tom on LinkedIn Connally Consulting 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 onGoogle Podcasts,Spotify&Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Tom Connally and Buddy Rushing for the amazing interview. Until next time! -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

46 min4 d ago
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#140: Real Estate Accelerator Success Story with Tom Connally, USNA ‘83

#139: Creating a Loyalty Rewards Exchange for the Gaming Industry with Jim Mulford, USAFA ‘70

Jim Mulford (USAFA ’70) is the President and CEO at acQyr eXchange, the first public exchange to track and manage the digital assets you acquire online so you can redeem them for money. Their initial market will be mobile and online gaming where gamers will be able to monitor, manage, and redeem their gaming rewards on the exchange with a mobile app. In this episode, we discuss: How their product supports the $2.7B gaming industry Their value proposition for gamers and game publishers How they can acquire users from the game publishers to grow their network Connect with Jim Mulford: Jim on LinkedIn acQyr eXchange 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 onGoogle Podcasts,Spotify&Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special tha...

38 min1 w ago
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#139: Creating a Loyalty Rewards Exchange for the Gaming Industry with Jim Mulford, USAFA ‘70

#138: Introducing the 10X Vets Traffic Circle (Get more leads!)

On today’s podcast, I am excited to launch the Traffic Circle at 10X Vets. The 10X Vets program at SABM is for military veterans who want to grow their business to a 10X level through new learning, collaboration, and connections. The Traffic Circle is led by Jimmy Weeks, Air Force Veteran and founder of Internet Strategy Labs and Veteran Stats. The Traffic Circle is for 10X Vets members who want to increase website traffic, improve website performance, and generate more leads. In this episode, we discuss: The vision for the Traffic Circle and how it helps members grow their businesses Jimmy’s internet marketing experience and how he uses website analytics as a starting point for helping his clients optimize their marketing The Veteran Stats analytics platform which helps military veteran business owners understand their website analytics so they can make strategic marketing decisions Connect with Jimmy Weeks: Jimmy on LinkedIn Veteran Stats Join about 10X Vets: https://sabmgroup.c...

30 min2 w ago
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#138: Introducing the 10X Vets Traffic Circle (Get more leads!)

#137: Becoming an Amazon Delivery Service Partner with Shawn Ikpa, USNA ‘05

Shawn Ikpa (USNA ’05) is the Founder of Castletop Logistics, an Amazon Delivery Service Provider who has built his delivery team to 95 drivers in the Buffalo, NY market. Shawn was also a member of the very first Real Estate Accelerator class when we launched the program in 2018. In this episode, Shawn shares his experience from the Real Estate Accelerator and how he has recently changed careers and is now a full-time business owner in partnership with Amazon. In this episode, we discuss: How his Amazon delivery business has grown to delivering 200,000 packages per month in less than a year What he enjoys about being an Amazon Deliver Service Partner How the Real Estate Accelerator shaped his mindset which allowed him to pursue a career in entrepreneurship How he is growing his real estate portfolio to build long term wealth for his family Connect with Shawn Ikpa: Shawn on LinkedIn If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service A...

29 min3 w ago
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#137: Becoming an Amazon Delivery Service Partner with Shawn Ikpa, USNA ‘05

#136: Starting the Nation’s Only Fencing Company Franchise with Zach Peyton, USMA ‘04

Zach Peyton (USMA ‘04) is the Co-Founder of Superior Fence & Rail, the nation’s only fencing franchise. Superior Fence & Rail currently has 19 locations across the country that fabricate and install fence products. After graduating from West Point and serving as an Army intelligence officer, Zach was searching for his purpose in corporate America and a phone call from a West Point classmate led him to North Florida and his future in the home services industry. In this episode, we discuss: The three pillars of Zach’s approach to business success How Zach applied the lessons he learned at West Point and as an Army officer to the operational side of his small business The advantages of joining a franchise model in small business ownership A job opportunity for the SABM community Connect with Zach: Zach Peyton Superior Fence & Rail Superior Fence & Rail Franchising If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service Academy graduate an...

40 minNOV 1
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#136: Starting the Nation’s Only Fencing Company Franchise with Zach Peyton, USMA ‘04

#135: Financial Freedom in 10 Years or Less with Jimmy Vreeland, USMA '03

Jimmy Vreeland (USMA '03) is the principal of Vreeland Capital and the Co-Founder of Cash Flow Tactics. After graduating from West Point where he played football for the Black Knights, Jimmy spent five years serving in the Army through three deployments with his last as a Captain with the Ranger Regiment. He worked in medical sales for eight years following the Army before starting a turnkey real estate company that provides investment opportunities for members of Cash Flow Tactics, a business community that helps individuals achievefinancial freedom in 10 years or less regardless of age, income, or experience. In this episode, Jimmy and I discuss: Their 4-step process that helps people achieve financial freedom in 10 years or less His personal goal to invest in 1000+ properties His favorite success stories from students in the Cash Flow Tactics community Connect with Jimmy Vreeland: Jimmy on Linkedin Cash Flow Tactics If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a frien...

40 minOCT 24
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#135: Financial Freedom in 10 Years or Less with Jimmy Vreeland, USMA '03

#134: Becoming a B2B CFO with Jeff Zeunik, USMA ‘95

Jeff Zeunik (USMA ’95) is a B2B CFO Partner who helps the owners of privately-held businesses reach their goals, both personal and business. He provides consulting services on an as-needed long-term basis. This helps privately-held businesses benefit from a CFO, without the fully loaded cost of hiring a full-time employee. In this episode, we discuss: How he helps busy business owners improve their cash-flow The types of clients who benefit most from his services The most important lessons he learned in the Army that have helped him as a business owner Connect withJeff: Jeff on LinkedIn B2B CFO 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 Jeff for joi...

29 minOCT 17
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#134: Becoming a B2B CFO with Jeff Zeunik, USMA ‘95

#133: Introducing the Academy Fund!

The fund described is open to “accredited investors” only, through an offering made in accordance with Regulation D, Rule 506(c) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In purchasing securities through a 506(c) offering, we are obligated to verify any participating investor’s status as an “accredited investor” in accordance with Rule 501 of Regulation D. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. Today, we are excited to launch the Academy Fund! The Academy Fund is a private real estate fund that invests in military veteran real estate operators. The Academy Fund leverages relationships among Investors, Advisors, and Operators to facilitate the valuable “trust capital." In this episode, we discuss: How the Academy Fund is the first fund of its kind to lend capital to military veteran real estate operators How the Fund is set up for investors and those seeking capital How the Academy Fund will crea...

32 minOCT 12
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#133: Introducing the Academy Fund!

#132: Making Commercial Real Estate Leasing Easy with Marissa Limsiaco, USMA ‘05

Today we welcome Marissa Limsiaco (USMA ’05) back to the podcast. We first talked in 2018 and she joins us now to share how her entrepreneurial journey has developed. Marissa is the President and Co-founder of Otso, an online platform that guarantees financial security to landlords while eliminating the need for cash from tenants in commercial leases. Otso is an offshoot of Marissa’s other commercial real estate endeavor, Tenavox, and the two companies share the same mission – to make commercial real estate leasing easy and to be a source of truth for the industry. In this episode, we discuss: The biggest lesson Marissa learned after launching her first business that helped her develop Otso How Marissa and her partner pivoted and launched a new business at the start of the COVID pandemic How Otso creates a win/win for landlords and tenants Connect withMarissa: Marissa Limsiaco Otso If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Servic...

26 minOCT 5
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#132: Making Commercial Real Estate Leasing Easy with Marissa Limsiaco, USMA ‘05

#131: Creating an Ecosystem of Military Veteran and Spouse Entrepreneurs with Mark Mhley, USNA ‘96

Mark Mhley started Re4ormed after almost 22 years as a Naval Aviator. Re4ormed is a place for veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs to connect to a community and find high-quality business services bundled at lower prices. In 2019 Mark was selected to participate in The Global Good Fund’s veteran fellowship program and credits the leadership coaching and executive mentorship with Re4ormed’s growth and expansion. The Global Good Fund believes that investing in leadership is the best way to make an impact on a community and do global good. Through its yearlong fellowship program, The Global Good Fund helps social entrepreneurs grow their leadership capabilities through coaching and funding. In this episode, we discuss: How Mark pivoted Re4ormed with the help of The Global Good Fund’s leadership coaching How The Global Good Fund’s 360° leadership assessment and development plan makes Global Good Fund entrepreneurs accountable to each other and themselves What sets The Global G...

54 minSEP 25
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#131: Creating an Ecosystem of Military Veteran and Spouse Entrepreneurs with Mark Mhley, USNA ‘96

Latest Episodes

#140: Real Estate Accelerator Success Story with Tom Connally, USNA ‘83

Tom Connally (USNA ’83) is the founder of Connally Consulting where he helps leaders and organizations improve their performance and success professionally, personally, spiritually, and physically. He is also a graduate of Real Estate Accelerator class 2019-2. In this episode, we discuss: Why Tom decided to join the Real Estate Accelerator after 5+ years into retirement Tom’s path to purchasing five properties in less than a year The tax savings strategy that Tom used to save over $20,000 in taxes Connect with Tom Connally: Tom on LinkedIn Connally Consulting 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 onGoogle Podcasts,Spotify&Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special thanks to Tom Connally and Buddy Rushing for the amazing interview. Until next time! -Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

46 min4 d ago
Comments
#140: Real Estate Accelerator Success Story with Tom Connally, USNA ‘83

#139: Creating a Loyalty Rewards Exchange for the Gaming Industry with Jim Mulford, USAFA ‘70

Jim Mulford (USAFA ’70) is the President and CEO at acQyr eXchange, the first public exchange to track and manage the digital assets you acquire online so you can redeem them for money. Their initial market will be mobile and online gaming where gamers will be able to monitor, manage, and redeem their gaming rewards on the exchange with a mobile app. In this episode, we discuss: How their product supports the $2.7B gaming industry Their value proposition for gamers and game publishers How they can acquire users from the game publishers to grow their network Connect with Jim Mulford: Jim on LinkedIn acQyr eXchange 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 onGoogle Podcasts,Spotify&Stitcher Leave us a 5-star review! Special tha...

38 min1 w ago
Comments
#139: Creating a Loyalty Rewards Exchange for the Gaming Industry with Jim Mulford, USAFA ‘70

#138: Introducing the 10X Vets Traffic Circle (Get more leads!)

On today’s podcast, I am excited to launch the Traffic Circle at 10X Vets. The 10X Vets program at SABM is for military veterans who want to grow their business to a 10X level through new learning, collaboration, and connections. The Traffic Circle is led by Jimmy Weeks, Air Force Veteran and founder of Internet Strategy Labs and Veteran Stats. The Traffic Circle is for 10X Vets members who want to increase website traffic, improve website performance, and generate more leads. In this episode, we discuss: The vision for the Traffic Circle and how it helps members grow their businesses Jimmy’s internet marketing experience and how he uses website analytics as a starting point for helping his clients optimize their marketing The Veteran Stats analytics platform which helps military veteran business owners understand their website analytics so they can make strategic marketing decisions Connect with Jimmy Weeks: Jimmy on LinkedIn Veteran Stats Join about 10X Vets: https://sabmgroup.c...

30 min2 w ago
Comments
#138: Introducing the 10X Vets Traffic Circle (Get more leads!)

#137: Becoming an Amazon Delivery Service Partner with Shawn Ikpa, USNA ‘05

Shawn Ikpa (USNA ’05) is the Founder of Castletop Logistics, an Amazon Delivery Service Provider who has built his delivery team to 95 drivers in the Buffalo, NY market. Shawn was also a member of the very first Real Estate Accelerator class when we launched the program in 2018. In this episode, Shawn shares his experience from the Real Estate Accelerator and how he has recently changed careers and is now a full-time business owner in partnership with Amazon. In this episode, we discuss: How his Amazon delivery business has grown to delivering 200,000 packages per month in less than a year What he enjoys about being an Amazon Deliver Service Partner How the Real Estate Accelerator shaped his mindset which allowed him to pursue a career in entrepreneurship How he is growing his real estate portfolio to build long term wealth for his family Connect with Shawn Ikpa: Shawn on LinkedIn If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service A...

29 min3 w ago
Comments
#137: Becoming an Amazon Delivery Service Partner with Shawn Ikpa, USNA ‘05

#136: Starting the Nation’s Only Fencing Company Franchise with Zach Peyton, USMA ‘04

Zach Peyton (USMA ‘04) is the Co-Founder of Superior Fence & Rail, the nation’s only fencing franchise. Superior Fence & Rail currently has 19 locations across the country that fabricate and install fence products. After graduating from West Point and serving as an Army intelligence officer, Zach was searching for his purpose in corporate America and a phone call from a West Point classmate led him to North Florida and his future in the home services industry. In this episode, we discuss: The three pillars of Zach’s approach to business success How Zach applied the lessons he learned at West Point and as an Army officer to the operational side of his small business The advantages of joining a franchise model in small business ownership A job opportunity for the SABM community Connect with Zach: Zach Peyton Superior Fence & Rail Superior Fence & Rail Franchising If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Service Academy graduate an...

40 minNOV 1
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#136: Starting the Nation’s Only Fencing Company Franchise with Zach Peyton, USMA ‘04

#135: Financial Freedom in 10 Years or Less with Jimmy Vreeland, USMA '03

Jimmy Vreeland (USMA '03) is the principal of Vreeland Capital and the Co-Founder of Cash Flow Tactics. After graduating from West Point where he played football for the Black Knights, Jimmy spent five years serving in the Army through three deployments with his last as a Captain with the Ranger Regiment. He worked in medical sales for eight years following the Army before starting a turnkey real estate company that provides investment opportunities for members of Cash Flow Tactics, a business community that helps individuals achievefinancial freedom in 10 years or less regardless of age, income, or experience. In this episode, Jimmy and I discuss: Their 4-step process that helps people achieve financial freedom in 10 years or less His personal goal to invest in 1000+ properties His favorite success stories from students in the Cash Flow Tactics community Connect with Jimmy Vreeland: Jimmy on Linkedin Cash Flow Tactics If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a frien...

40 minOCT 24
Comments
#135: Financial Freedom in 10 Years or Less with Jimmy Vreeland, USMA '03

#134: Becoming a B2B CFO with Jeff Zeunik, USMA ‘95

Jeff Zeunik (USMA ’95) is a B2B CFO Partner who helps the owners of privately-held businesses reach their goals, both personal and business. He provides consulting services on an as-needed long-term basis. This helps privately-held businesses benefit from a CFO, without the fully loaded cost of hiring a full-time employee. In this episode, we discuss: How he helps busy business owners improve their cash-flow The types of clients who benefit most from his services The most important lessons he learned in the Army that have helped him as a business owner Connect withJeff: Jeff on LinkedIn B2B CFO 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 Jeff for joi...

29 minOCT 17
Comments
#134: Becoming a B2B CFO with Jeff Zeunik, USMA ‘95

#133: Introducing the Academy Fund!

The fund described is open to “accredited investors” only, through an offering made in accordance with Regulation D, Rule 506(c) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In purchasing securities through a 506(c) offering, we are obligated to verify any participating investor’s status as an “accredited investor” in accordance with Rule 501 of Regulation D. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. Today, we are excited to launch the Academy Fund! The Academy Fund is a private real estate fund that invests in military veteran real estate operators. The Academy Fund leverages relationships among Investors, Advisors, and Operators to facilitate the valuable “trust capital." In this episode, we discuss: How the Academy Fund is the first fund of its kind to lend capital to military veteran real estate operators How the Fund is set up for investors and those seeking capital How the Academy Fund will crea...

32 minOCT 12
Comments
#133: Introducing the Academy Fund!

#132: Making Commercial Real Estate Leasing Easy with Marissa Limsiaco, USMA ‘05

Today we welcome Marissa Limsiaco (USMA ’05) back to the podcast. We first talked in 2018 and she joins us now to share how her entrepreneurial journey has developed. Marissa is the President and Co-founder of Otso, an online platform that guarantees financial security to landlords while eliminating the need for cash from tenants in commercial leases. Otso is an offshoot of Marissa’s other commercial real estate endeavor, Tenavox, and the two companies share the same mission – to make commercial real estate leasing easy and to be a source of truth for the industry. In this episode, we discuss: The biggest lesson Marissa learned after launching her first business that helped her develop Otso How Marissa and her partner pivoted and launched a new business at the start of the COVID pandemic How Otso creates a win/win for landlords and tenants Connect withMarissa: Marissa Limsiaco Otso If you found this episode valuable, please share it with a friend or colleague. If you are a Servic...

26 minOCT 5
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#132: Making Commercial Real Estate Leasing Easy with Marissa Limsiaco, USMA ‘05

#131: Creating an Ecosystem of Military Veteran and Spouse Entrepreneurs with Mark Mhley, USNA ‘96

Mark Mhley started Re4ormed after almost 22 years as a Naval Aviator. Re4ormed is a place for veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs to connect to a community and find high-quality business services bundled at lower prices. In 2019 Mark was selected to participate in The Global Good Fund’s veteran fellowship program and credits the leadership coaching and executive mentorship with Re4ormed’s growth and expansion. The Global Good Fund believes that investing in leadership is the best way to make an impact on a community and do global good. Through its yearlong fellowship program, The Global Good Fund helps social entrepreneurs grow their leadership capabilities through coaching and funding. In this episode, we discuss: How Mark pivoted Re4ormed with the help of The Global Good Fund’s leadership coaching How The Global Good Fund’s 360° leadership assessment and development plan makes Global Good Fund entrepreneurs accountable to each other and themselves What sets The Global G...

54 minSEP 25
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#131: Creating an Ecosystem of Military Veteran and Spouse Entrepreneurs with Mark Mhley, USNA ‘96
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