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 provides investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuations & opinions and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. We help business owners understand, evaluate and implement ownership transition strategies of a wide variety of types and over varying timelines. Over the last 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



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.


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