Suzanne Yoon is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, where she oversees the firm’s investments and operational activities. Suzanne’s philosophy of combining operational excellence with technological innovation separates Kinzie from other capital providers and insures impactful and sustained growth for investors.
Prior to founding Kinzie, Suzanne was a Managing Director at Versa Capital Management, LLC, a leading special situations-focused private equity firm, where she led transaction development throughout North America and originated and executed debt and equity investments. In 2013, she received the “40 Under 40 Dealmakers Award” from The M&A Advisor for her work. Prior to Versa, Suzanne was a Senior Vice President at CIT Group and co-founded LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO’s Corporate Restructuring Group, where she specialized in direct financings for middle market companies. She has also held positions in distressed loan portfolio management and turnaround advisory at LaSalle Bank and Ernst and Young’s Restructuring Advisory Group, respectively.
Suzanne has sat on numerous private company and not-for-profit boards. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Investment Committee for the National Philanthropic Trust, a donor-advised fund managing approximately $4.5 billion in assets, and actively serves on the steering committees of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN) and the Chicago chapter of the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity (WAVE). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of New Coast Foundation, a philanthropic venture fund that partners with promising organizations with the greatest potential to change lives, and of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of HFS Chicago Scholars, a non-profit that serves economically disadvantaged inner-city high school students.
Suzanne received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Iowa and is an Executive Scholar of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Suzanne remains an ardent supporter of the business community in Chicago, where she resides with her husband and three children. Suzanne is an outdoor and sports enthusiast and enjoys golfing and fishing with her family.