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VC Profile: Hunter Witherington of SSM Partners

Headquarters: Memphis, Tennessee

Sectors: Software, Analytics, K-12 Education

Description: SSM Partners is one of the largest and most experienced private equity firms in the Southeast. Having invested in more than 50 companies across four private equity funds, our successful record is the result of the partnerships we have formed with gifted entrepreneurial managers. Starting with a relationship built on trust, we offer our entrepreneur-partners a thorough understanding of the growth company lifecycle and a patient approach to building great businesses. SSM primarily invests in rapidly growing, privately-held companies most often in the business, healthcare, and consumer services industries.

SSM primarily invests in rapidly growing, privately-held companies most often in the business, healthcare, and consumer services industries. Portfolio companies have differentiated and proven business models, large market opportunities, and the ability to generate high returns on invested capital.

With many years of growth-company investment experience, we have expertise in a wide variety of private equity transactions. We will invest to fund organic growth strategies, acquisitions, and re-capitalizations to provide liquidity for shareholders as long as the business has the characteristics mentioned above.”

Recent Investments:

  • Apixio $19.3M / Series D (Lead)
  • Zift Solutions $14M / Series B (Lead) Skycure $16.5M / Series B (Lead)
  • Novu, LLC $20M / Private Equity
  • DialogTech $30M / Series E

Website: www.ssmpartners.com


Hunter Witherington focuses on investments in Software & Technology, Internet & Consumer, and Healthcare companies. Prior to joining SSM, he spent several years in investment banking with Stephens Inc. working on mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and public offerings for middle-market companies across numerous industries.

Hunter received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

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