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Steve Yahnke

Managing Director

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.