Pat Hughes (Vice President Commercial Operations) provides growth expertise to Sunrise Strategic Partners’ portfolio companies in functional areas such as marketing, sales, and operations.  He also is responsible for originating and performing due diligence on Sunrise’s investments.

Pat most recently held brand management and marketing positions at Boulder Brands, working across a portfolio of brands that included EVOL, Udi’s Gluten Free, Glutino, Earth Balance, and Smart Balance.  Prior to Boulder Brands, Pat served with distinction in combat in Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine Corps officer with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.  Pat received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business.

Before Pat left on his second tour in Afghanistan, Steve asked him what his plans were when he came back. Pat said he was thinking of going to business school and Steve encouraged him to work for a business first. Pat came back from Afghanistan as a Captain in Marine Recon and four years later has an MBA and is Commercial Director for Sunrise.


Nick Molé (Vice President Investments) is responsible for originating, performing due diligence on, and structuring Sunrise Strategic Partners' investments. He also provides assistance to Sunrise's portfolio companies in functional areas such as financial planning and analysis, strategy development, and business development.

Prior to joining Sunrise Strategic Partners, Nick worked at Castanea Partners, a private equity firm focused on the consumer and retail sectors. Previously, Nick spent two years working in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Nick received a Masters of Business Administration, with Distinction, from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Finance, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Lehigh University.