Today on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski talks with Jeri Harman, a founder and partner or Avante Mezzanine Partners, who has 30 years of financing experience. In April, she will be inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame.
Jeri Harman is a Founder and Partner of Avante Mezzanine Partners. Avante makes debt and minority equity investments to finance buyouts, minority recaps, acquisitions and growth. Avante invests $5 – 20 million in established lower middle market companies generating at least $3 million EBITDA. Ms. Harman has 30 years of financing experience, involving well over $1 billion in aggregate transactions.
Prior to founding Avante, Ms. Harman started-up and led 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. During that time, Ms. Harman invested over $650 million in 23 transactions. Earlier career highlights include positions of Managing Director – Private Placements at First Security Van Kasper; Managing Director – Corporate Finance at Coopers & Lybrand and various senior level positions in the private placement investment group at The Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Ms. Harman is a Co-Chair of The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)-Los Angeles Business Conference, on the Board of SBIA, Ernst &Young Greater Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Judge, and a Director of the Women’s Leadership Council. She is a former Director of The Association for Corporate Growth, past President of ACG-Los Angeles and was Chair of ACG InterGrowth 2007. Ms. Harman has been a speaker at numerous conferences and symposiums throughout the U. S. on topics related to mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, and finance. Ms. Harman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a B.S. in Business Administration and received her M.B.A. in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.