the team behind prairie capital advisors

Our Team

Franco Silva

DIRECTOR

Franco Silva joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2007. He specializes in advising middle-market companies on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) advisory, fairness opinions and other investment banking advisory services. Franco serves as a trusted advisor to a diverse range of middle-market companies nationwide delivering highly strategic consultation and financial advisory services. In addition, Franco has been instrumental in developing Prairie’s sustainability practice. He also completes numerous transactions each year, delivering the best possible outcome for his clients. Franco also leads professional roundtables and educational seminars for Prairie’s ESOP partners and for business owners contemplating an ownership transition event.

Franco is a frequent speaker in forums around the country, including the National Center for Employee Ownership and The ESOP Association, on topics covering ownership transition planning, ESOP advisory, capital management, succession planning and more.
In addition, Franco is a past President of The Illinois Chapter of The ESOP Association and continues to be actively involved in the chapter’s communication executive committee. He has also published a white paper on the sustainability of ESOPs as well as an article for the Construction Financial Management Association. Additionally, Franco was recognized as a Top 40 Under Forty Honoree in 2019 by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).


Prior to joining Prairie, Franco worked for the Corporate Finance Division of Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago.
Franco holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Accountancy from DePaul University. He has participated in numerous technical seminars on leveraged buyouts, M&A and corporate valuations. Franco currently holds FINRA Series 63 and 79 securities licenses.
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
  • National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
  • The ESOP Association

Middle - Market Focus

Middle - Market Focus

Prairie Capital Advisors is dedicated to serving the investment banking and financial advisory needs of middle - market business owners

Ownership Transition

Ownership Transition

A successful transition needs a well-thought- out strategy. We will help define, shape, and implement a plan that meets your short-term and long-term objectives

Corporate Growth

Corporate Growth

Build or buy? It could be both. Prairie Capital Advisor’s strong relationships with debt and equity capital sources will help you realize your corporate growth strategies

Business Sustainability

Business Sustainability

Sustainability requires strategies that grow the enterprise and minimize risks. Prairie advises companies on strategies that result in long-term shareholder value