What we do
Harbor Lake was founded by engineering and operations executive Derek Geiger to buy, operate, and grow your B2B service, manufacturing, or distribution company.
We are the buyer of choice for regional business owners interested in retirement.
We provide the cash and lifestyle benefits of retirement while ensuring a smooth transition for customers and employees.
Why sell to HLHC?
What motivates my buyer?
Desire to operate a small business
Maximize returns by any means necessary
Reduce competition, force integration
What's in it for me?
Retire and take care of your people
Aggressive, seller-beware terms
Long and challenging integration
What happens to my legacy?
What happens to my employees?
Retain and reward
Uncertain, cost cuts likely
Eliminate duplicate roles
What kind of deal terms can I expect?
Flexible and fair, focused on growth
Rigid, buyer profit maximizing
Dense, buyer risk minimizing
Where does the money come from?
My own pocket + friends and family
Pension funds and other big money
Profit from competing divisions
Our priority is to grow your legacy by taking care of your people and your customers. That's not true of all buyers.
What we're looking for
Dedicated, Passionate Team
Outstanding Customer Service
Recurring Model, Repeat Customers
Annual Revenue $10m-$50m
What you can expect
We pay fair market price, we're more interested in growing your business than buying at a discount
We're committed to retaining and rewarding your people
We're driven, capable operators who are in it for the long term
We're partners - before, during, and after the acquisition
What we value
Excellent customer service
Integrity and trust
Persistence, persistence, persistence...
Derek founded Harbor Lake Holding Company to find, buy, and operate a great business with great people.
Prior to HLHC, Derek held executive positions in engineering, operations, and project management at leading military and consumer electronics companies.
He brings more than a decade of world-class problem solving, team leadership, operations management, and simply "getting it done" experience to this new venture.
Derek holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Born in the Midwest, Derek has since lived in MI, NH, TX, MA, and South FL where he currently resides. He seeks adventure, and is looking forward to the next chapter.