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, High-Impact Leadership

You 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. Typical roles include Chief of Staff or VP-level jobs (e.g., VP Business Development and VP Growth) where you work as a thought partner to the CEO.

Focused Learning & Training:

Pacific Lake will also provide learning and development opportunities, including program kick-off training and quarterly training sessions on topics ranging from managing teams to building high performance sales organizations.

Active & Supportive Community & Mentors:

As part of the Pacific Lake team, you will benefit from a tight-knit community of peers, expert operators, and entrepreneurs under the Pacific Lake umbrella. You’ll be assigned a former CEO/COO as your dedicated mentor to help you take advantage of the opportunities and overcome the challenges of small business leadership. You will also have access to Pacific Lake events and programming, such as our biennial CEO conference.


2020 Cohort

Yarden Maoz

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

"I joined Kantola for the opportunity to scale a mission-driven organization, learn from experienced and thoughtful search leaders, and lead company initiatives on a daily basis. Kantola was a catalog DVD business just 5 years ago, and today we are growing our eLearning SaaS model. I manage Marketing and Partnerships, drive new customer acquisition, and serve as a thought partner to the CEO/CFO. I’ve also spearheaded human capital initiatives – redesigning recruiting and onboarding from the ground up, establishing performance evaluations, and supporting the transition to remote work. Being part of the Pacfic Lake network, and the ELP specifically, has given me a strong peer group to return to, and has pushed me to grow as a leader. Together, Kantola and Pacific Lake have provided me with day-to-day operating experience growing a small business combined with invaluable perspective and mentorship as I consider the arc of my career."

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D. R. Rockwell

(Former) Vice President of Campus Development at Arizona College

"When I left HBS, I wasn’t sure if searching was the right path for me. I worked at Boeing before business school and wasn’t sure I’d enjoy working at a small firm. I joined Pacific Lake’s ELP program to learn hands-on what it was like to operate in a small business environment and I worked closely with an experienced search CEO, helping him grow his business. Throughout my experience, two things became clearer: I liked the small business world, and I felt ready to become my own CEO. I’m launching my search in the Fall of 2020. Pacific Lake’s mentorship and support was instrumental in helping me take the next big step in my career. In particular, the training and support Don Taylor gave me on how to build a high-performance sales organization, and Chris Hendriksen on leading small teams, were game-changers for me.”