As a venture capitalist, investment banker and entrepreneur, Ms. Harkins has more than thirteen years of investing, investment banking and consulting experience. As such, she is uniquely qualified to source, analyze and execute transactions on behalf of Penn Mezzanine Partners. Ms. Harkins is the founder and CEO of Harkins Venture Advisors, a comprehensive advisory services firm serving venture capital firms, private companies and entrepreneurs. Previously, she was a Principal with TL Ventures, a $1.5 billion venture capital firm, where she focused on investments in early stage software and services companies. Ms. Harkins was a director or observer on the board of TL portfolio companies helping management teams execute strategic initiatives. Prior to TL, she worked for SSM Ventures where she was responsible for identifying and structuring investments as well as leading the due diligence process. Additionally, Ms. Harkins worked as an investment banker at Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions for both public and private companies. She is a graduate of Duke University where she earned a BA degree in Economics.