the team behind prairie capital advisors

Our Team

Steven Ryan

Director

Steve Ryan joined Prairie to assist in our new business development initiatives out of our Oakbrook Terrace office. He has over 30 years of new business and banking experience to clients throughout the country. Mr. Ryan has led commercial banking teams that interact with business owners and c-level executives of private and public companies. Through his career, he has acted as trusted advisor to many privately-held companies to assist them in growth initiatives, business transitions, and liquidity events over the years. Mr. Ryan is actively involved in his community; he is a member of the Snow City Arts organization where he served as a treasurer. He is also a Board member of the Indian Boundary Y.M.C.A, a Chicago Metropolitan Y.M.C.A affiliate, where he has served as an Annual Fund Raising Chairperson and Major Gift Chairperson.


Steve joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2018 after 16+ years at Northern Trust where he held numerous roles, most recent as a Managing Director leading its Middle Market commercial banking team in the central US region. His team of four bankers managed over 130 relationships with over $2.7 billion in commitments. His prior roles include managing a commercial banking team at Mizuho Financial, banker and operations manager at ABN-Amro / LaSalle National Bank.
Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Iowa and a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on International Business from DePaul University.
  • The ESOP Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)

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