Arik was born in a small town in southwestern Iowa but he didn’t stay there long. His Dad enlisted in the Air Force and Arik became somewhat of a military brat. Over the course of his dad’s 21 years of service, Arik experienced the vast diversity among the different states in the country.
As a kid of around 8, Arik and his family passed through what he thought at the time was a small beautiful town nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. He decided then and there that he would one day return to live there.
Hello Colorado Springs.
Arik graduates from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a specialization in Robotics.
Arik becomes a Cybersecurity professional, contracting with Fortune 500 companies from all industries across the country to help secure information in modern day enterprises.
Years of attacks against our election systems, large amounts of anonymous money influencing school board elections, a disregard for the changing climate, and a complete lack of response from leadership to address the problems we face reaches a breaking point. Arik announces he is running for Colorado’s State Senate 9 to oust a politician that is known for not listening to his constituents. Arik announces it is time to put people first.
Arik’s fourth child, Dean, is born, bringing Arik’s family up to 6 including his beautiful wife, Vanessa, and his three daughters, Kira, Audrey, and Evie.
“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”-John F. Kennedy