Steve Yahnke has over 25 years of professional experience in the commercial lending and investment banking industries. Prior to joining TKO Miller, Steve spent 7 years at a Chicago-based Investment Bank sourcing debt capital for middle market companies. This process included placing senior debt, mezzanine capital, minority equity and/or distressed sales for companies that either were experiencing tremendous growth or were in the midst of a turnaround.
Steve began his career at Firstar (now US Bank) in the early 90’s in Madison, WI as a participant to their Management Trainee and Credit Underwriting programs. He spent a number of years underwriting middle market companies and their financing needs, including syndicated bank transactions from $5 million to $250 million in a broad range of industries.
Steve later worked for M&I Bank (now BMO Bank) and held several senior management positions in the Community Banking arena, as well as non-bank financing sources such as GE Capital, allowing him to bring in-depth knowledge, building and modeling complex capital structures.
Steve is a Milwaukee native and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree. He also has an M.B.A. in finance with a concentration in investments from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School of Business.