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Woman-led Private Equity Firm Kinzie Capital Partners Launches in Chicago

By June 13, 2017February 16th, 2021No Comments

Chicago, IL, June 13, 2017 – Chicago-based private equity firm Kinzie Capital Partners LLC (Kinzie) launched earlier this year, led by Suzanne Yoon.

Kinzie is an independent private equity firm focused on providing debt and equity to lower middle market companies in transition. Kinzie focuses on businesses with revenues above $10 million that operate in the consumer, manufacturing and service sectors. Kinzie seeks to partner with long-term investors, sophisticated sponsors and forward-thinking management teams to accelerate value creation and drive growth for its investors and portfolio companies.

Kinzie maintains a consistent and disciplined investment approach, bolstered by its team’s extensive experience in private equity, capital markets, operational improvement and technology implementation. With a focus on performance and innovation, Kinzie utilizes an in-house management and technology consulting firm, Clarity Partners, LLC (Clarity), to provide insight and analysis for all of Kinzie’s pursuits. Kinzie’s professionals also maintain a broad network of operating executives who can provide strategic guidance to support its portfolio companies through a variety of situations.

According to founder and managing partner, Suzanne Yoon, “We are excited to have built a strong team that has executed many investments while driving operational improvements in complex situations.” We have extensive experience combining proven business strategies and operating discipline with an entrepreneurial ability to adapt and execute in a changing marketplace. Additionally, through our alliance with Clarity, we deploy best-in-class technology tools to provide companies with a competitive advantage to achieve lasting success.”

Kinzie’s strategic partnership with Clarity leverages their expertise to capture efficiencies and streamline operations for all pursuits. Clarity’s founding partners, David Namkung and Rodney Zech, also serve as operating partners at Kinzie.

“The Kinzie-Clarity alliance is rooted in the shared vision and values of both organizations,” said Clarity founder David Namkung. “Clarity is excited to form this unique relationship with Kinzie and seeks to amplify Kinzie’s competitive position and speed in delivering technology innovation and operational improvements.”

Prior to founding Kinzie, Yoon was a Managing Director at Versa Capital Management. In addition, she held senior roles at CIT Group and LaSalle Bank/ABNAMRO and is an alumna of Ernst & Young Corporate Finance.

Clarity Partners, LLC

Clarity is a full-service management and information technology consulting firm that specializes in delivering comprehensive solutions to complex challenges for a wide range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 corporations, as well as public sector organizations and nonprofits. Learn more about Clarity at

Kinzie Capital Partners LLC

Kinzie is a Chicago-based independent private equity firm which invests in lower middle market companies amidst transition in the consumer, manufacturing and business services industries. Kinzie utilizes in-house management and technology consulting experts to work alongside management team to create immediate value to its portfolio companies. Learn more about Kinzie at

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