the team behind prairie capital advisors

Our Team

Robert Auer

managing director

Mr. Auer’s primary responsibilities include advising companies on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), divestitures, valuations and strategic assessments. He oversees M&A and capital raising projects at Prairie Capital Advisors. Over the past twenty years, Mr. Auer has worked on and sourced on average 5-10 transactions per year. In many cases, based on market conditions and valuations issues, it has been Mr. Auer’s approach to recommend other transaction structures other than a sale or acquisition by a client.

Prior to joining Prairie Capital Advisors in 2008, Mr. Auer started the Midwest Corporate Finance practice for KPMG, the fourth largest worldwide accounting firm, in 1994. KPMG Corporate Finance is the largest provider of middle market M&A services worldwide. Mr. Auer has served the industrial, consumer and service industries for the last 25 years in buying, selling and raising capital for middle market family businesses. Through his fifteen year commitment at KPMG, Mr. Auer developed a worldwide contact base of clients throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining KPMG, Mr. Auer was President and a founder of Valtec Associates. Valtec was based in the Chicago area and had over 100 employees providing valuation and M&A services to the middle market. Valtec Associates was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1990 and subsequently became the Business Advisory Services division at Merrill Lynch. The division’s focus was to help family businesses review and execute the transition of their family businesses. Prior to becoming President at Valtec, Mr. Auer was responsible for all business development for the firm and took the company from 6 employees to 125 in ten years


Mr. Auer holds an MBA degree from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.

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