Louis V. Colella


Lou Colella participated in the creation and launch of Walnut Ridge Strategic Management Company, LLC, and as Director or Finance and Operations, is responsible for its operations and service business platform.  The service business offers a menu of services including family office and overall wealth management services, business management and governance activities, and oversight of a variety of investment and philanthropic activities, for the three generations of the Kanfer Family.

Prior to joining the Kanfer family enterprise, Lou spent 12 years as a practicing CPA in regional accounting firms serving family and privately owned businesses.  He then spent the next 12 years in various CFO and COO roles in privately owned retail and services businesses, where he practiced and honed his operations, management and strategic skills, working to grow and harvest capital value for the family shareholders with whom he was associated.  In these roles, Lou partnered with the owners and was part of the wealth management and stewardship team for the family owner groups.  His experience includes wealth transfer planning strategy and execution, diversification of family wealth, and harvesting of company values through cash flow planning and exit transactions to strategic buyers.  Lou also spent several years in the practice of Business Valuation.  Lou earned a BSBA in Accounting from Youngstown State University, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1987.  He and his wife are the proud parents of two grown children.