Board of Directors / Jeri J. Harman
Jeri J. Harman
Jeri J. Harman joined the Board in February 2019. She was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of the Board in January 2021, and is Founder & Chairman of Avante Capital Partners. With over $900 million of capital under management, Avante makes unitranche and subordinated debt and minority equity investments to finance buyouts, minority recaps, acquisitions and growth. 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). Prior to founding Avante, Ms. Harman started-up and led the Los Angeles offices for two multi-billion 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.
Ms. Harman has over 35 years of financing experience, involving well over $1 billion in aggregate investments. She has extensive experience in value creation, capital allocation, mergers and acquisitions and financial strategy matters. These skills, along with her broad background in management and organizational development, strategic planning, risk management and balance sheet management, and her service on the boards of a number of private companies, enables her to bring valuable insights to our Board.