Perseverance Through Adversity

March 30, 2016 0 Comments

Nick Koumalatsos was born in Hollywood Florida. He spent his childhood training to be Batman and planning his next big adventure. He grew up on the move and lived in 5 states by the time he was twelve. This only made him more adaptable and comfortable with integrating into any environment.

His teen years took a turn and were rocky to say the least. Nick was forced into juvenile detention at the age of twelve. Trouble with the law and challenges in his home life pushed Nick to work hard and overcome. After shaking his past Nick needed to find a new direction.

Nick joined the Marine Corps at 19 but not without a fight. Because of his troubled youth, Nick had to seek legal counsel just to be accepted. He suffered from a wrist injury within his first week of bootcamp. He spent five and a half months in basic training but graduated company honor grad.  It was his perseverance through adversity that set the tone for his future and a foreshadowing of things to come.

Nick Koumalatsos is 12 year Special Operations Marine Corps veteran with Marine Reconnaissance and Marine Special Operations Command. He has deployed in support of OIF/OEF and other places all over the world. Has trained foreign police, military, and militia in several countries.

His military career prepared him for successful leadership and strategic operational planning. Nick is the CEO of two successful businesses. An international training and consulting company, Survival Tactical Systems and an adventure apparel company Skallywag. Nick is a public speaker, television contributor, and brand ambassador.

Nick has heart for his community first and foremost. It is his life mission to see his brother's successful. Nick started The Raider Project. His mission is to connect with MARSOC and other USMC combat veterans to help them transition smoothly, peacefully and successfully into the private sector.  Nick hopes to inspire action for the veteran community and celebrate their successes. 

Becoming ex-communicated from your tribe (military brothers) can challenge your identity to the core. Nick's goal is to re-connect veterans to one another through networking, peer-to-peer counseling and friendships and get them in the best health possible.  

Nick resides in North Carolina with his two daughters and his dog Leo. He spends his free time on the water or traveling to see his family.

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