the team behind prairie capital advisors

Our Team

Terrel Bressler

managing director

Terrel Bressler is a Managing Director in the Chicago office of Prairie Capital Advisors and focuses on M&A and Capital Advisory engagements. In this role, Mr. Bressler assists middle market business owners and their advisors understand and assess their strategic business alternatives and then develop and execute solutions to meet the owner’s primary objectives. Typically these solutions include recapitalizations, mergers, acquisitions, company sales and ESOPs. Mr. Bressler works with family, management owned and private equity owned businesses and helps these clients address their growth and ownership transition issues.

During his 25-year investment banking career, Mr. Bressler has originated and executed a wide variety of M&A and capital raising assignments for numerous middle-market companies and their shareholders. Mr. Bressler has worked as an advisor with clients in many industries and has developed extensive experience with companies in the manufacturing, consumer products and distribution sectors. During his career, he has raised nearly $2 billion in debt, mezzanine and equity capital and has assisted in the sale of companies with valuations as small as $10 million and as large as several hundred million. To date, Mr. Bressler has completed over 70 investment banking transactions.

Prior to joining Prairie Capital Advisors, Mr. Bressler has held Managing Director positions with boutique investment banking groups including Stout Risius Ross and Cleary Gull. He was also an investment banking Partner with William Blair & Company and held senior investment banking positions with McDonald & Company (now part of Key Bank) and First Chicago Capital Markets (now JP Morgan Chase). In addition, Mr. Bressler spent several years in the private equity community working as the Director of Originations and Business Development for William Blair Mezzanine Capital Partners (now Merit Capital Partners), a $1 billion investment fund advisor. Before starting his investment banking career, Mr. Bressler was a CPA in Arthur Andersen & Company’s Small Business Advisory Division. 
Mr. Bressler holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin and Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Mr. Bressler currently holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 79.
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
  • Small Business Investors Alliance
  • Vistage International

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