Our Story Began in 1996

Our History

In 1996, Prairie’s founders, Kenneth Serwinski and Robert Gross, left Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group to form Prairie Capital Advisors located in St. Charles, IL. Ken and Bob recognized a universally under served need for objective financial advisory services for middle-market businesses.

Prairie is a leading financial advisory firm specializing in creating and executing ownership transition strategies for middle-market companies nationwide. We help business owners understand, evaluate and implement ownership transition strategies of a wide variety of types and over varying timelines. For over 25 years, Prairie has closed hundreds of transactions for clients in a wide range of industries across the country. Through a spectrum of services, the professional staff at Prairie maintains a high level of expertise through transaction experience and proactive thought leadership. We pride ourselves in consistently providing independent guidance and industry expertise to our clients.

Prairie’s mission is to provide every client with independent advice and highly personalized service that helps them meet their objectives and maximize shareholder value.

Prairie Capital Advisors is an employee-owned company having implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) on January 1, 2012.

Prairie’s ESOP Story

Prairie’s Core Values


The cornerstone of our business and our people. We provide unbiased, objective advice that instills peoples’ trust in us.


We treat each other with respect, building the confidence of those around us and recognizing a job well done. Respecting each other will allow us to build long-term, meaningful relationships with one another.


Working together allows us to learn from each other, benefit from each other’s successes and be a better business partner to our clients and friends.


Our passion creates an inspired and enjoyable workplace that drives excellence in everything that we do.

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