Erik grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota and received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. After completing his undergraduate studies, Erik served in the Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines as a Platoon Commander and Assistant Operations Officer. His second tour was at Naval Support Activity 1 in Bahrain as the Executive Officer for Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team – Central Command. He plans on leaving the military in the summer of 2016 and will be attending the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas-Austin as member of the Class of 2018.