#154 Building Better Leaders and Developing More Cohesive Teams with Former Special Forces Commander Eric Kapitulik

Jim Harshaw interviews Eric KapitulikFrom Ironman, Everest and Afghanistan to MBA, CEO and Entrepreneur. (43:16)

Born and raised in Thompson, CT, Eric Kapitulik attended at the US Naval Academy, where he was a four-year varsity letter player on the Division I Lacrosse team.

Graduating in 1995, Eric went on to serve in the US Marine Corps as both an Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Division. As a Platoon Commander, Eric led a team of 20 covert operations specialists on numerous Special Forces-related missions, including long-range reconnaissance patrols, hostage rescues, high-altitude jump exercises, ship takeovers and gas-oil platform takedowns.

In 1999, during a routine training mission, Eric and his platoon were in a helicopter crash that resulted in the death of seven Marines. In response to this tragedy, Eric created the Force Reconnaissance Scholarship Fund to benefit the children of his fallen men. In order to raise money for the fund, he has participated in eight Ironman Triathlons, The Canadian Death Race Ultramarathon, The Eco-Challenge, and The American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon. Eric has also summited five of the Seven Summits including Mount Everest.

Eric left active duty after eight years of service and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

He founded The Program in 2008 with the goal of providing both athletic and corporate teams with the best leadership development and team building services in the country.

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