the team behind prairie capital advisors

Our Team

Lauren Hajek

Senior Research Analyst

Lauren Hajek joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2005. She provides economic, industry and market research in support of Prairie’s valuation and investment banking engagements. Lauren’s principal responsibility is analyzing the business dynamics and trends of Prairie’s client industries. Given that Prairie’s client base is largely comprised of closely-held companies, she makes use of a wide variety of data sources regarding small- to mid-sized companies and their industries.

In addition, Lauren assists in researching and writing Prairie’s white papers, articles and other publications. She is also a member of the team that creates Prairie Industry Perspectives, a publication series that provides analysis and assessment of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and financing markets for growing industry segments.

Lauren also heads one of the three teams that comprise Prairie’s ESOP Committee.


Prior to joining Prairie, Lauren was a Managing Staff Attorney at the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Welfare-Pension Funds.
Lauren earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She also received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University of Chicago.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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