Kevin Flike was born and raised in Stillwater, NY. Kevin attended La Salle Institute in Troy, NY and Union College in Schenectady, NY. While at Union, he was the President of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity and a two-time captain of the football team. Upon graduation in 2006, Kevin enlisted in the United States Army and volunteered for Special Forces training. After two years of training, he earned the coveted Green Beret and was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group in Fort Lewis, Washington where he deployed to the Philippines, Thailand and twice to Afghanistan. On September 25, 2011 during his second deployment to Afghanistan, he was shot in the lower abdomen. He had 20% of his colon removed, a fractured hip, a damaged femoral nerve, six surgeries and over 40 inches of scars. Kevin medically retired on September 27th, 2013 and is currently a graduate student pursuing dual masters degrees from the MIT Sloan School of Management (Masters of Business Administration) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Masters of Public Administration) with an expected graduation date of spring 2016. Kevin and his wife Kimberlee have been married for almost seven years and have a two-year-old daughter named Lilah with another girl on the way.