The Team Behind Prairie Capital Advisors

Our Team

Darrell Smith

Vice President

Darrell Smith rejoined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2021. He advises middle-market companies on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), corporate valuation, financial opinions and other investment banking advisory services. Darrell is responsible for providing project management services, corporate valuations and transaction analyses in support of capital structuring engagements including the following: ESOP implementation, leveraged recapitalizations, management buyouts (MBO), mergers and acquisitions (M&A), fairness opinions and other corporate finance-related topics.

Darrell regularly speaks at industry conferences and webinars, such as the Association for Corporate Growth and The ESOP Association, on topics including ownership transition, underperforming businesses, debt and equity raises and business valuation.

Professional Experience

Most recently before rejoining Prairie, Darrell was a VP at Stratford-Cambridge Group, a boutique buy-out and private investment firm focused on the industrial lower middle-market. Before that, he was also a VP at Michigan Capital Advisors LLC, a middle-market private investment firm specializing in diversified manufacturing, industrial services, wholesale distribution and transportation and logistics industries. Darrell also served as a past board observer to several portfolio companies at both Stratford-Cambridge Group and Michigan Capital Advisors LLC.

Education

Darrell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Supply Chain Management with a specialization in International Business from Michigan State University.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
  • The ESOP Association

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