Suzanne Yoon is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm investing in lower middle market companies in consumer, manufacturing and service industries. Suzanne launched Kinzie as part of a long-standing vision to better help companies unlock value by advancing the use of technology, data analytics and innovation to improve operational efficiency and create new avenues for growth.
Suzanne has over 20 years of experience investing in and advising middle market companies. Prior to Kinzie, Suzanne was a Managing Director of Versa Capital Management, where she led transaction development throughout North America. Suzanne also served as a Senior Vice President of CIT Group, co-founded LaSalle Bank/ABN AMRO’s Corporate Restructuring Group and held positions in distressed loan portfolio management and advisory at LaSalle Bank and Ernst and Young’s Corporate Finance group, respectively.
Suzanne believes in the power of diversity of experiences and champions this belief through active engagement with the business and civic community. In addition to serving on several private company boards, her civic board service includes The Council of Korean Americans (CKA), where she co-chairs the Finance Committee, and Board of HFS Chicago Scholars, an organization that serves economically disadvantaged Chicago inner-city high school students. She serves on the Steering Committees of the Private Equity’s Women Investor Network (PEWIN), Women’s Association of Venture & Equity (WAVE). She is also a member of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers and the Economic Club of Chicago.
Suzanne received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Iowa and is an Executive Scholar of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.