Michael Novakovic was born in Split, Croatia, his home until World War II forced his family to flee to Italy.

After the war, the Novakovics migrated to Argentina and then to New York City where Mike finished high school before enrolling at Syracuse University.

He entered the U.S. Air Force, served in its intelligence operations, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After retiring from the military in 1978, Mike started his own company, Metallic Ceramic Coatings, Inc., a successful business that he ran until his retirement in 2007.

He lives with his wife, Phebe, in Villanova, Pennsylvania.