Jeri Harman

Founder & Chairman, Avante Mezzanine Partners

Jeri Harman is a Founder & Chairman of Avante Capital Partners. With over $465 million of capital under management, Avante makes unitranche and subordinated debt and minority equity investments to finance buyouts, minority recaps, acquisitions and growth. Avante invests $5 – 25 million in established lower middle market companies generating at least $3 million EBITDA. In 2018, Avante Capital Partners was named Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) of the Year by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The firm was also named Women-Owned Firm of the Year 2018 by Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN).

Ms. Harman has over 30 years of financing experience, involving well over $1 billion in aggregate investments. Prior to founding Avante, Ms. Harman started-up and led the Los Angeles offices for two multi-billion publically traded private equity and mezzanine investment funds – American Capital and more recently Allied Capital, where she was also a member of Allied’s Investment Committee. Earlier career highlights include various senior level positions with Prudential Capital.

Ms. Harman is a Co-Chair of the ACG – Los Angeles Business Conference, an Executive Committee Member and Past Chair of Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), and a Steering Committee Member of PEWIN. In 2013, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Los Angeles inducted Ms. Harman into their Hall of Fame. In 2015, she was named one of the Most Influential Private Equity Investors in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ). In January 2016, she was on the cover of Mergers & Acquisitions magazine and named one of the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A, a recognition she again received in 2017 and 2018. In March 2017, she was recognized as one of 15 Trailblazers by Buyouts Magazine. In July 2018, Ms. Harman was named by LABJ as one of the LA 500 Most Influential People in Business.


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