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April 12, 2024

Omar Simmons

Omar Simmons is a Senior Partner at Avante Capital Partners. Omar is leading Avante’s Independent Sponsor and Direct to Management investment strategies. Omar is an experienced private equity professional, independent sponsor, and operator. Omar joined Avante in 2024.

In 2012, Mr. Simmons founded and managed the Independent Sponsor platform, Exaltare Capital Management which acquired four platform companies over its tenure.  As his first Independent Sponsor acquisition, Omar acquired 15 Planet Fitness Franchise units, where he initially became CEO (before building a best-in-class management team and moving to Executive Chairman) and grew the platform to 100 units and increased profits over 10x, before selling in 2021. Prior to starting Exaltare, Omar was a co-founder and Managing Director at Reliant Equity Investors, a $120 million private equity firm based in Chicago, and has also worked at Windjammer Capital Investors, Summit Partners, McCown DeLeeuw and Marakon Associates (management consulting).



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