Prairie Names New Shareholders

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – February 6, 2020 –Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc., a leading corporate advisory and investment banking firm, has named Wendy Gugora, Tim Jamison and Dick Shuma as its newest company shareholders.

“It is with great pride that we are announcing three new Prairie shareholders,” said David Diehl, CEO of Prairie Capital Advisors. “Wendy, Tim and Dick have been top performers who have demonstrated their ability to live our values of integrity, respect, teamwork and passion.”

With these new purchases, Prairie Capital Advisors now has thirteen shareholders, including its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Prairie continues to support their long-term plan by encouraging the direct investment of our key managers alongside the broad-based ownership provided by our ESOP.

Wendy Gugora, Director of Marketing, joined Prairie in 2013. She works closely with senior management to develop the firm’s marketing strategy and execute integrated marketing programs to achieve the desired goals of the firm. Ms. Gugora earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University.

Tim Jamison, Director, joined Prairie in 2016. He is responsible for business development and growth initiatives and focuses on advising business owners about ownership transition alternatives. Mr. Jamison holds the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in the state of Kentucky as well as a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Accounting from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.

Richard Shuma, Managing Director, joined Prairie in 2016 and has been instrumental in expanding Prairie’s sell-side ESOP and capital raise practice. For over 35 years, he has advised corporate clients on capitalization structures, value-enhancing business strategies and alternatives to efficiently realize the value that they have created. Mr. Shuma holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee with further studies in the Mechanical Engineering discipline at the University of Illinois. He currently holds FINRA Series 63 and 79 securities licenses.

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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