SABM Success Stories: Josh Emison (USNA ’14)

Jul 5, 2021 | SABM Careers, USNA

“SABM Group has helped my business grow a lot, everything from Scott giving me personal advice to having opportunities to speak at the monthly Investor Group meetings and Career Nights too. A lot of the people I’m working with right now I met in those meetings. SABM Group has been a big help. Thanks for all you do!”

– Josh Emison (USNA ’14)


The Faces of Success


Service Academy Business Mastermind (SABM) Group is a business community for U.S. Service Academy graduates. Our goal is to help you find the right strategy, the right team, the right network, and the right amount of capital to succeed. As fellow Service Academy Graduates and veterans, we know you have the inner qualities it takes to succeed as a business owner, but we also know how difficult it can be to become one. 

We’ve dedicated the last decade to creating this community of business owners, investors, and entrepreneurs—so that you can launch and scale your businesses alongside like-minded people who share the common traits of intelligence, integrity and grit! But, don’t just take our word for it. Hear what SABM-ers are saying! We’re excited to share their success stories with you over the coming months and introduce you to your fellow vets, the faces of success. 


Meet Josh Emison



Josh graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2014 before commissioning in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he spent five years as an Infantry Officer to non-combat deployments. With a sense of humor, he sarcastically refers to this time as “the rough life.” Josh served in amazing places including Spain, Okinawa, Japan and, later, at the embassy in Amman, Jordan as a Liaison Officer. 

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Josh founded Tracer Franchising, a company that helps military veterans become franchise owners and discover if franchise ownership is the right fit for them. Following a one-to-one interview and personality assessment, Josh matches each veteran with a couple different franchise opportunities and guides them through the business research process to ensure each vet finds their right fit. This process includes helping vets source funding, speak to CPAs and franchise lawyers, and much more.

This year, Josh’s goal is to help ten veterans start franchises. He hopes to double this number each year! To make this growth possible, Josh wants to hire a fellow Service Academy grad as Franchise Consultant. According to Josh, franchising is a great route to business ownership for military veterans because it plays to strengths of leadership, determination, and the ability to follow a proven plan for success regardless of previous business experience.

A fixture at our monthly Investor Group Meetings and Career Nights, Josh credits SABM Group with helping his business grow and thrive: “A lot of the people I’m working with right now I met in those meetings. SABM Group has been a big help.” We asked Josh which Service Academy produces the best franchise owners. His reply? Navy, of course. But, West Point, he admits, is a close second! Josh is an awesome contributor to SABM Group and we’re excited to see his company continue to grow and succeed!

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