Arik has earned degrees in International Business, History, Political Science and International Relations from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and is adjunct faculty or visiting lecturer on business
competitiveness topics at a number of educational institutions around the United States. Prior to
founding the firm, Arik was a business analyst with a major international management consulting firm.
In his spare time, Arik enjoys volunteering with youth leadership, mentoring and entrepreneurship programs, as well as offering pro bono consulting to small businesses in his rural Wisconsin community and serves on the advisory boards of several government and private organizations. Arik writes the weekly, internationally syndicated column called "Competitive Intelligence, Competitive Strategy" and is contributing editor to various publications on business competitiveness topics, and is also a Chapter Chairperson of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (www.SCIP.org).
Arik is a regular contributor of essays and editorial thought-leadership to various peer-reviewed and industry publications in the field as well as specialized business journals; and has been a sought-after and popular speaker at many related international events around North and South America, Asia and Europe, having recently delivered a milestone 500th lecture related to market intelligence and competitive strategy.
Arik lives with his wife Tina and two cats, Luther & Phoebe, at their home in the Wisconsin countryside east of the Twin Cities Metro area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.