McGehee & Silva Recognized as Top 40 Under Forty by Nacva

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – August 27, 2019 – Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc., a leading corporate advisory and investment banking firm, is proud to announce Shaun McGehee and Franco Silva as Top 40 under Forty honorees by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

The 40 Under Forty recognition program is for professionals who embody the drive, motivation, and courage needed to be part of the next generation of industry mavericks.

“We are very proud that two members of our team have been recognized with the 40 Under Forty award,” commented David Diehl, CEO of Prairie Capital Advisors. “Shaun and Franco have both been tremendous assets to our firm and are consummate professionals.”

Shaun McGehee, Director, has extensive experience advising middle market companies, shareholders and trustees on ESOP transactions, fairness opinions, leveraged buyouts, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic advisory engagements. Mr. McGehee has a diverse background executing transactions in manufacturing, food and beverage, distribution, industrial products, financial services, and business services. Mr. McGehee is a frequent speaker in forums around the country on topics including valuation, ESOP transaction, mature ESOP issues, management incentives, and ownership transition planning.

Franco Silva, Vice President, advises middle market companies on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), ESOP Advisory, fairness opinions and other investment banking advisory services. Mr. Silva has worked in a variety of industries with emphasis in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), financial services, health care services, manufacturing, business services, consumer retail and distribution markets. Mr. Silva serves as a trusted advisor to a diverse range of client’s nationwide delivering highly strategic consultation. He is a frequent featured speaker in forums around the country on topics covering ownership transition planning, ESOP Advisory, capital management and more. Mr. Silva is the Immediate Past President of the IL ESOP Association Chapter.

For more information about NACVA’s 40 Under Forty award and to read the full bios for all honorees, visit: 40 Under Forty.

About Prairie Capital Advisors

Prairie offers investment banking, ESOP advisory and valuation services to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, the company is a leading advisor to closely-held companies nationwide. Prairie was named the 2019 USA Valuations & Opinions Firm of the Year by M&A Atlas. For more information, visit


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