Kenneth Serwinski

Chairman, Chief Business Development Officer | 630.413.5588 |

Kenneth Serwinski co-founded Prairie Capital Advisors with Robert Gross in 1996 after the pair of industry veterans recognized a universally underserved need for objective financial advisory consultation for closely held businesses. Since then, Mr. Serwinski has dedicated the whole of his vast experience to providing closely held companies with the guidance and expertise needed for some of their most critical business decisions. Today, he continues to grow Prairie Capital Advisors’ reputation as the most widely-respected firm of its kind, designing and implementing customized ownership transition strategies, including private sales, management buyouts (MBOs), Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and more, for businesses nationwide.

Many companies seek out and trust Mr. Serwinski and Prairie Capital Advisors for strategic guidance for their once-in-a-lifetime business decisions. Whether they require expertise in ownership transition, valuation, capital management or beyond, Mr. Serwinski begins each client relationship not with a pre-fabricated solution, but with the question of, “What are you trying to achieve?” He and his team then develop the most appropriate solutions to deliver the best outcomes for their clients.

As a lifelong educator and respected industry expert, Mr. Serwinski is widely published in a variety of formats and is a frequent speaker around the nation on subjects including valuation, ESOPs and ownership transition planning. Whether across the table from clients or publicly at workshops and seminars, he strives to ensure business owners have the complete, accurate information they need for confident decision making. Mr. Serwinski sits on the board of directors of three businesses– a design manufacturing firm, a healthcare solutions provider and a billion dollar bank. He also is the former Chair of the Advisory Committee on Finance for the ESOP Association in Washington, D.C.

Prior to forming Prairie Capital Advisors, Mr. Serwinski was a Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch Business Advisory Services, where he initiated its succession planning strategy, was responsible for the management of Merrill Lynch’s middle market business development staff and headed the ESOP Advisory Group. In this executive role, he coordinated all mergers and acquisitions (M&A), ESOP and valuation assignments on a nationwide basis. This included managing the professional staff, giving presentations to prospective clients, preparing key proposals and closing large-scale engagements. Additionally, Mr. Serwinski was involved in the valuation of both public and private companies in a wide variety of industries. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he held various corporate and commercial finance positions for ABN LaSalle National Bank, Chemical Bank and Societe Generale, a French bank.

Mr. Serwinski received his Master of Business Administration Degree in International Business from DePaul University in Chicago. He also received his Bachelor of Science degree in commerce, with a concentration in Finance, from DePaul University. Mr. Serwinski has hosted and attended numerous technical seminars emphasizing topics such as employee stock ownership plans, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, accounting for acquisitions and leveraged buyout transactions.


  • Business Valuation Association (BVA)
  • National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
  • The ESOP Association
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)