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October 25 - 26, 2021
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

Jeri Harman
Founder and Chairman at Avante Capital Partners


Ms. Harman is Founder & Chairman of Avante Capital Partners.  With over $800mm in committed capital/AUM across three funds, Avante makes debt and equity investments to finance buyouts, minority recaps, acquisitions and growth. In 2020, Avante was named One of the Most Innovative Commercial Finance Companies by ABF Journal. In 2018, Avante Mezzanine Partners was named Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) of the Year by the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Women-Owned Firm of the Year by Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN).

Ms. Harman has over 30 years of financing and M&A 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 dollar publicly 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 currently sits on the boards of Engineered Performance Technologies, and NN, Inc. (Nasdaq NNBR) where she was recently appointed Chairman.

She has received numerous recognitions over the years including being named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2018, 2019, and 2020 LA 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles. In January 2016, Ms. Harman 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, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.  In March 2017, she was recognized as one of 15 Trailblazers by Buyouts Magazine. 

Agenda Sessions

  • GPs’ successes and lessons learnt: key takeaways from the pandemic and projections for the future