Eric Kapitulik was born and raised in North Grosvenordale, CT, and attended the United States Naval Academy. While there, he was a 4 year Varsity Letter winner and played on three NCAA Lacrosse Tournament teams. His junior year, Eric received the Ltjg Frank McKeone Award; given to the Navy player who most demonstrated spirit and sportsmanship and who served as the unsung hero. Eric was also named Navy’s Most Outstanding Defenseman and received North-South All Star honors his senior year at the Academy. He graduated in 1995 and went on to serve as both an Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Division. As a Force Reconnaissance Platoon Commander, he led 20 covert operations specialists in special forces related missions including long range reconnaissance patrols, hostage rescue, high altitude jump exercises, ship takeovers, and gas–oil platform takedowns. Eric left active duty and graduated from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2005.
Eric has been extensively involved with the Force Reconnaissance Scholarship Fund, helping to raise over $125,000 for the children of six Marines who died in a helicopter crash while serving under his command. He has raised this money through public speaking engagements covering “Dealing with Adversity and Leadership,” and through his participation in Iron Man Triathlons and other ultra endurance races around the world. In addition to finishing 8 Iron Man triathlons, Eric has competed in numerous marathons, the Canadian Death Race Ultra Marathon, the Eco Challenge, the American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon and was a competitor on The Outdoor Life Network’s “Global Extremes Challenge”.
Eric has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Aconcagua and Mt. Elbrus, four of the 7 Summits (the highest peaks on the seven continents). He recently returned from Northern Pakistan and an American led expedition to Nanga Parbat, also known as “The Killer Mountain,” the 9th tallest mountain in the world.
Eric sits on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Soldier’s Legacy Fund and the New England Veteran’s Shelter