Prairie Welcomes Back Darrell Smith

OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL –September 20, 2021 – Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc., a leading corporate advisory and investment banking firm, is pleased to announce it has hired Darrell Smith as Vice President. Mr. Smith will be part of the Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois office and will focus on ESOP valuations and transaction advisory, fairness opinions and other financial advisory services.

“Darrell is an extremely well-rounded corporate finance professional, and his combination of ESOP advisory and private equity experience will help to deliver exceptional results for our clients. We are very excited to have him back on our team,” said Rocky Fiore, Managing Director and COO at Prairie. Tom DeSimone, Director at Prairie, added, “With Darrell’s additional corporate finance experience, we look forward to seeing his contributions to our growing business.”

Mr. Smith is a highly skilled corporate finance professional specializing in the valuation of businesses and business interests for purposes of mergers and acquisitions, employee stock ownership plans, fairness opinions and other purposes.

Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.

About Prairie Capital Advisors

Prairie offers investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuation advisory and financial reporting valuations 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 2021 U.S.A. Valuations Firm of the Year by M&A Atlas. For more information, visit

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