Mr. Coakley is Chairman and CEO of PGL Global Ltd. which provides global offshoring services for US firms. He graduated from John Carroll University with a BA in Communications, and attended the University of Manchester, England; Graduate School of Economics. He served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant and served in the I Corp area (DaNang) of Viet Nam.
Mr. Coakley has been instrumental in the founding of several successful organizations; the most recent being The Pacific Great Lakes Corporation (The Cleveland Stevedore Company was a subsidiary) and the Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Ltd., both of which he served as its Chairman and President. He has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, South America, Central America and Eastern and Western Europe. He is conversant in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He sold Pacific Great Lakes in early 2001 and has served as a director for numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations to include: the Arthritis Foundation, the Gathering Place, Astara, the Roots of American Music (ROAM), ADL Advisory Board, St Joseph’s Christian Life Center, +Space Inc., and Freda Joyce Brint Foundation (dementia). He is a member of Leadership Cleveland (Class of 1989), the Cleveland Orchestra Corporate Council, and a member of the Patient Advisory Counsel of the Cleveland Clinic Urological Center. He was also the Founder of the Rock and Roll Triathlon, Swim for Diabetes and Run for the Cure.
Mr. Coakley is an avid sportsman and wellness advocate having competed, on a national basis, in numerous road races, triathlons, cycling races and swimming events. He is a former director and President of the Western Reserve Chorale and is presently a member of the St. John the Evangelist Cathedral choir, and a musician specializing in acoustical guitar.