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Who We Are


Founding Partner

Omar A. Sawaf

Omar is the Founding Partner and CEO of Yellowstone Capital Partners LLC, a boutique merchant bank and venture capital firm based in Houston Texas. Prior to co-founding YCP in 1993 with his brother Bashar Sawaf, Omar was the President of Capital Guidance, the US subsidiary of a global investment group with core operations in real estate, international trade & distribution and private equity.

Omar's business development experience encompassed a variety of companies such as Chung's Foods (Lead - Asian), Grayloc Products (Lead - Oilfield Equipment sold to Oceaneering),Utopia Spring Water (Lead - sold to Perrier), Huxtable's Foods (Lead - Replacement Meals), Master Tile (Lead – Flooring products distribution), and United Meridian Corp (Founding investor, board member from startup to IPO: oil & gas).  In venture capital, YCP’s notable investments were in Capstone Turbines (IPO), Senscient (Gas sensing - Sold to Mine Safety), Agennix (Biotech) SolFocus (Solar), Heliovolt (Solar), Sadra Medical (Percutaneous valve replacement sold to Boston Scientific), IDEV (Stents - sold to Abbott), Atheromed (PAD Atherectomy - sold to Volcano), Cellex & Protonex (Fuel Cells - sold to Plug Power and Ballard)

Harvard Business School

Ohio State University
B.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering


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Southern Methodist University

B.B.A., Finance


Sami Sawaf

Sami is a Principal at Yellowstone Capital Partners LLC. Previously, Sami was a Director in the FTI Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice based in Dallas, TX where he focused his time and efforts on the energy, retail, and consumer goods sector. He served both large and small companies tasked with increasing operational efficiency and improving productivity and also represented clients in financial restructuring events. His experience also includes working through complex financial restructurings (credit/loan amendments, recapitalizations, covenant negotiations, ABL placements, etc.) between Companies and Creditor groups. Previously, Sami worked for MENA Solar Energy, a renewable energy startup, and White River Energy, an energy hedge fund.