Executive Leadership Program

Bring top-flight talent to your search fund acquired company. 

Through the Executive Leadership Program, Search Fund CEOs have the opportunity to add a talented high-potential executive to their team to help them scale and grow. Recent MBAs receive an opportunity to step into a meaningful role in a fast-growing company. It's a win-win scenario.

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The Program has Three Pillars

Hands-on Leadership:

Recent MBAs will work as a key senior executive reporting directly to the CEO in a fast-growing, Pacific Lake-backed operating company, and will be given ownership and responsibility to help grow a profitable business. Roles include Chief of Staff or VP of Operations, Finance, Marketing, or Sales positions.

Ongoing Learning Opportunities:

Pacific Lake will also provide ongoing learning and development opportunities, including in-person program kick-off training and quarterly virtual sessions on topics ranging from optimizing pricing strategy to hiring and managing for rapid growth.

Community Support:

The participants will benefit from a tight-knit community of peers, expert operators, and entrepreneurs under the Pacific Lake umbrella.


2019 Cohort

Yarden Maoz

Vice President of Business Development & Growth at Kantola Training Solutions.

Yarden joined Kantola Training Solutions in 2019 after spending a year as General Manager of a fast-growing direct-to-consumer startup. Yarden graduated from Harvard Business School, and prior to that spent six years in the Retail and eCommerce industries with Bloomingdales and Sephora. Yarden has a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Yarden Maoz
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D. R. Rockwell

Vice President of Campus Development at Arizona College

D. R. joined Arizona College in 2019 after graduating from Harvard Business School.  Arizona College  is a health-related trade school that offers programs in, Nursing, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, and Health Information Technology. Previously he worked at Boeing as an engineer in a variety of roles in research, prototyping, and production environments.  D. R. holds a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a masters in Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kevin Werner

Chief Operating Officer at AspenRidge Recovery

Kevin joined AspenRidge in 2019 after graduating from Harvard Business School. Kevin previously served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer in various roles, including platoon leader and company commander, both in Afghanistan and stateside. Kevin holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Kevin Werner