Our Leadership team

Colin Lake

Colin is the President and Founder of Developing the Next Leaders and leads a number of initiatives for the organization.

He has spent extensive time helping Americans solve for their three most critical factors: finding better balance, creating efficiency in their life and business, and reaching for goals they never thought possible.

As a national speaker, Colin delivers keynote presentations as well as working closely with business owners and executives in breakouts to show them precisely how to create effectiveness while being efficient.

He started Developing the Next Leaders in 2015 to be part of the solution for the greatest challenge plaguing the Financial Services industry...hiring, training and retaining the next generation of Leaders.

He previously was Head of Sales for RS Investments from 2008 to 2016, prior to that Colin was with The Hartford Insurance and Financial Services Group for 13+ years. Spending over 21 years in the field, he has a keen eye for what works in real life and what it takes to succeed for long term. After extensive work and success in the financial services industry, he launched the charitable organization; Developing The Next Leaders, “Helping our military, inactive or retired, make a successful entrance into the industry.

Colin resides in Westborough, Massachusetts with his wife Traci and their three children, Colin, Mollie and William. He is an avid triathlete and completes numerous single day endurance events each year. Colin regularly attends retreats and workshops that focus on wellness and healthy living.

Jim Lake

Jim Lake loves telling people to have a meaningful day. He feels so privileged and Blessed to be in an industry that makes a difference and truly changes people's lives. Jim has been in the Financial Services business for over 26 years in various roles from Internal Wholesaler to Regional Marketing Director, culminating in his current role as VP & National Sales Manager for Guardian(Fortune 250)Retirement Solutions. Jim has managed, coached, and mentored 100's of Financial professionals over his 26 years. Jim is a well sought after speaker, motivator, and expert in Retirement Income Planning. Jim has been invited to speak at over 1000 client educational seminars. Jim attributes much of his success to Blueprinting, Coaching, and His Core 4 Values(Spirituality, Family, Health, and Career.) Jim is a loving husband to his wife Jacqui(25 years) a doting Father to Alexandra, Jimmy, and John. Jim is an avid reader, loves to eat out, enjoys the beach, and exercises almost everyday of which his favorite is the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Rich Davoli

Rich is the National Retail Sales Manager for RS Investments. He has been in the Financial Services industry since 2004. His responsibilities and roles have included; building Financial Advisors relationships, managing a Division of Mutual Fund Wholesalers to his current role of managing and training Wholesalers throughout the country. As a national speaker, Rich delivers keynote presentations and leads breakouts that show Financial Advisors how to create business efficiency. He graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Rich started for the Jacksonville University Men’s Tennis Team (NCAA Division I). Rich currently lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Megan and their children, Richie and Emilie.