And a Moment Came that Stopped Me on a Dime


And a Moment Came that
Stopped Me on a Dime

We often watch as other people face health scares, family care challenges, or sudden accidents and think to ourselves, how terrible for them, but it will never happen to me.  As we know deep down, it can happen to you, and that is what we are all really afraid of.  Come listen to entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Berlin, tell his story and how it affected his family, his business, and ultimately how it impacted his life and the people around him.


Learning Objectives:

  • How to derisk yourself personally.
  • The Five D’s.
  • How to protect your business.


Meet the Presenter:

Learn from industry expert, Mike Berlin, Founder of Briteskies.

Meet the Presenter


Thank you to our Sponsor:


This meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland South Independence.

Address: 6200 Quarry Lane, Independence, OH 44131


The EPI Northeast Ohio Local Chapter is different than other groups because it brings together a diverse group of professionals from a wide range of specialties that can naturally work collaboratively on exit planning, succession planning, value growth, transaction or any engagement from both sides of the equation. The chapter meets regularly to network, reconnect, grow knowledge, and sharpen their skills with a common goal: Change the outcome for transitioning business owners. Make plans to join us for future events and connect with the local leadership by visiting

About the Presenter

Mike Berlin

Mike Berlin

Founder of Briteskies

Meet Mike Berlin.

Mike Berlin is a father, husband, engaged community member, inherent entrepreneur, and now a Certified Exit Planning Advisor.

As the founder of Briteskies, a Northeast Ohio software focused implementation, enhancement,  and integration consulting company, Mike spent sixteen years (2000 – 2016) focused on the growth and development of his company, the success of their clients, and most importantly the growth and culture of the team that worked there.

It was during that span of time, in the Spring of 2011, that he was given the greatest gift. The gift of perspective. Waking up with a 106-degree fever on Easter Sunday, spending more than 30 days in the hospital, and four months recovering from several surgeries, there were at least three things that he emerged knowing to be true:  Crohn’s disease can be managed, tomorrow is not promised to anyone, and the ways in which he looked at and led life were forever changed.

Prior to receiving the gift, Mike worked hard, played harder and focused on bigger and more. His hard work and focus paid off in that Briteskies was a very successful company that Mike was able to personally transition from in 2016 and parlayed into two very successful years at Gorilla Group, before exiting and devoting himself to mentoring and investing in other entrepreneurs.

Mike will tell you that the gift of perspective is what allowed him to step back and look at life in re-ordered fashion. In addition to his devotion to entrepreneurs and on-going business, his number one priority is to be the dad who’s there in the morning when his boys leave for school and there again when they get home. Not to mention the dad cheering them on, helping with homework, and reading bedtime stories whenever possible.

Mike and his wife Fabiane along with their two sons are engaged members of their community of Brecksville, Ohio.  He is a proud to be a lifelong resident of Ohio and a graduate of Youngstown State University, but the family enjoys traveling as much as possible both domestically and internationally; often visiting Fabiane’s homeland of Brazil.

In addition to his family life, Mike is an avid participant and supporter of several entrepreneurial, charity, and non-profit organizations. Mike is also an active member of the global Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a former Board Member and current active member of Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and has served on the boards of the Northeast Ohio Software Association (NEOSA) and North Coast Community Homes ( NCCH).

Personal and professional growth will always be important to Mike. He is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) and brings expertise and experience combined with the perfect amount of perspective to the entrepreneurs and the business owners he works with.

Continuing Education

This meeting qualifies for the following continuing education credits:

One (1) CPE hour

One (1) CFP® hour (pending approval)


Partner at Skoda Minotti, a CPA, Business & Financial Advisory Firm

NOTE: Proper documentation must be collected and submitted to qualify for continuing education. For questions regarding awarded continuing education credits, please contact Josh Koza at