Mike Dittmeier was born in Brunswick, Georgia to Philip and Linda Dittmeier. His family traveled to many places during his father's 21 years in the U.S. Navy allowing Mike to experience many exotic places few American children ever get to see. At 18, Mike joined the U.S. Army as a Blackhawk Crew Chief and spent the next 12 years traveling to even more places including Iraq and Somalia. After leaving the U.S. Army, Mike began his career in the world of Information Technology as a contractor for IBM Global Services, and has been building and optimizing Data Centers for over 18 years. Mike currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Tami, and loyal parrot Vern.