By Michelle Colesanti

Last month, local self-described “dad-trepreneur,” Brian Kleinschmidt from Riverview got to stand in front of the Sharks on Episode 706 of ABC’s Shark Tank to try to get them to invest $50,000 for 15 percent share in EZ-Pee-Z, his device that helps simplify potty-training. The Sharks in this episode of Shark Tank were Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary.

According to its website, EZ-Pee-Z appears and operates as a normal adult size toilet seat, but with a simple flip of the lid it converts to a child size seat.

Unfortunately for Kleinschmidt, none of the Sharks wanted “in” on the investment.

“I look at every result in life as either promotion or protection. Shark Tank wasn’t the right direction for EZ-Pee-Z,” said Kleinschmidt after being denied investment by the Sharks.

After taping the show, he found an investor who is going to help take this invention from a dream to retail shelves.

“I believe too much in the idea/product to give up now,” he added.

EZ-Pee-Z is currently in the final design stages and will be going into production very soon.

At the University of Central Florida, Kleinschmidt majored in radio and television, but life has led him in many directions, including traveling around the world on The Amazing Race.

Now the owner of three Anytime Fitness gyms locally, Kleinschmidt can help change other people’s lives.

Kleinschmidt has always had the need and desire for a creative outlet as he did last year when he became one of 10 finalists in the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Contest with his “Mis-Spelling Bee” commercial entry. 

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.