Bio


Coley is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Pacific Lake Partners, LLC. Pacific Lake invests exclusively in search fund entrepreneurs to support the entrepreneurs' efforts to identify, acquire, and grow a small company. Founded in 2009, Pacific Lake is the largest exclusive search fund investment firm and has invested in over 200 entrepreneurs worldwide. Coley oversees the firm's entrepreneur partnering, acquisition investment committee, and operational efforts to support first-time CEOs learn how to manage and build a company. Pacific Lake manages over $500 million focused on search fund investing. Coley serves on the board of multiple search fund acquired companies including Morningside Translations, IS Entrega, Circle Surrogacy, and Inspired eLearning. Prior to co-founding Pacific Lake, Coley worked at The Parthenon Group and Golden Gate Capital. Coley is also a member of The Boston Children's Hospital Board of Philanthropic Advisors and active contributor at business schools around the globe on the topic of Entrepreneurship through Acquisition and Management of Growing Companies.

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Graduate School of Business

2019-20 Courses