Colby is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of Veriforce, a technology business that enables energy companies to manage their safety and compliance risk in their contractor community through software and learning content. Colby and a group of investors acquired PEC Safety in late 2014. In 2019, with the backing of Thoma Bravo, Colby merged PEC Safety and Veriforce to create the new Veriforce. Under Colby’s leadership, Veriforce has become one of the fastest growing safety and compliance technology companies in the world.
Prior to becoming the CEO of Veriforce, Colby had a successful career in government. Colby was Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel for Governor Haley Barbour. In this role, Colby was responsible for managing the team that prepared the Governor’s executive budget. Colby also had senior roles in the State’s efforts to recover after Hurricane Katrina.
Before going to work for Governor Barbour, Colby was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest federal prosecutor in the District. During his tenure, he served as District Anti-Gang Prosecutor and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor. Colby secured convictions at trial of defendants charged with violent crimes, including murder, and white-collar fraud, including mail and bank fraud.
Colby began his legal career working as an associate at Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. At Wilmer, Colby represented corporate clients in venture capital transactions, structured acquisitions (domestic and international) and public and private securities offerings.
Colby received his MBA from Stanford University. Colby also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Economics from Millsaps College. Colby grew up in Brandon, Mississippi. He and his wife, Erin, have four children, and reside in Ridgeland, Mississippi