By 2002, Mike had spent two decades establishing himself as a transformational leader in the industries of pharmaceutical sales, investment banking, and accounting. He was well respected, had a strong reputation for driving measurable outcomes, and was widely regarded as the quintessential American success story.
That all changed on May 8th, 2002 when his close friend and career-long mentor, Jay Gulotta, tragically and shockingly took his own life. Jay’s death triggered Mike to grapple with his own demons and gain the perspective that the professional reputation and financial success he had attained fell far short of that thing we all desire: happiness. He quickly realized that his pursuit of professional success had come at the expense of his personal relationships and fulfillment.
It was time for a dramatic shift.
Mike courageously stepped away from his long-storied career to redirect his energy toward helping entrepreneurs sharpen their skills and strengthen their businesses to create workplaces that produce results and that people love! Achieving this often requires Mike to serve as a warrior for the human spirit; overcoming cynicism, resisting mediocrity, and leveraging a unique blend of rigor and compassion to gently guide leadership teams toward achieving their vision while also establishing a more balanced life.
With more than 40 years of finance, operations, and leadership experience, Mike is the coach veterinarians trust to help them transform their businesses.
1982 – 2008
Merrill Lynch Chairman’s Club Award 5X
#1 performing Sales Rep in United States, J&J Orthopedic Division
Client portfolio consistently performed above 80th percentile
Award Winning Team building and Business units, For Merrill Lynch and Vining-Stegall & Associates
Helped clients achieve peace of mind with our lending and investing
2015 – 2021
First iteration of what became Epic Vets
Average 1,000% client ROI
Annual client revenue growth 20+%
Average session rating of 9.7/ 10 among veterinary practices
2008 – 2015
Faith-based entrepreneurial round table group created to inspire greater purpose
Average 200% business growth among members
Over 3,000 orphans in Nicaragua now receive food, shelter, education and medical care because of the men in this group and their work with The Orphan Network