the team behind prairie capital advisors

Our Team

Mark Rutledge

VICE PRESIDENT

Mark Rutledge operates out of Prairie Capital Advisors’ Atlanta office. He specializes in the valuation of businesses, business interests, and tangible and intangible assets for purposes of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), gift and estate planning, strategic planning, financial accounting and reporting, litigation support and resolution, tax planning and compliance, buy-sell agreements, asset based lending, and insurance.

Mark Rutledge has performed valuation and financial valuation advisory services in a broad range of industries including: architecture/engineering/construction firms, chemical, consumer goods, defense, distribution, entertainment, food and beverage, healthcare and dentistry, high technology, management consulting and other service firms, manufacturing, mining and energy, printing and publishing, transportation, telecommunications and textiles.


Prior to joining Prairie Capital Advisors, Mr. Rutledge was Director of Valuation Services at Smith & Howard. He performed financial advisory services for purposes of mergers and acquisitions, accounting and financial reporting, gift and estate, divestitures, small business loans, financing and collateral support, transactions negotiations, strategic planning, financial modeling, litigation support, and expert testimony. Before joining Smith & Howard, Mr. Rutledge served in valuation roles for American Appraisal Associates, Ernst & Young, Phillips Hitchner Group, Adams Capital, Inc., and Tidwell DeWitt, LLC performing valuations for a variety of purposes including: mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, dissenting shareholder disputes, recapitalizations, buy-sell agreements, purchase price allocations, goodwill and long-lived asset impairment, bankruptcy, lost profits, damages, financing and asset based lending support.
Mr. Rutledge received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Akron. He also received his Associate of Applied Business degree in Data Processing.
  • Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers in Business Valuation (BV) and Machinery and Technical Services (MTS)
  • National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA)
  • Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA)
  • 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