Eli served in the Army where he held various leadership positions including class leader, platoon guide, and sergeant in charge. During this time Eli served in Afghanistan. Upon completing his service in the military, Eli enrolled in Genesee Community College, and worked his way to Cornell University where he attained his Bachelor's Degree. During his collegiate tenure Eli published several works in multiple literary Journals, and participated in various disaster relief work. Additionally, Eli has a variety of experience including advertising and professional organizing. He enjoys local sports, and spending time outdoors.