The Team Behind Prairie Capital Advisors

Our Team

David Diehl


Chief Executive Officer

David Diehl joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 1999 and is a shareholder in the firm. He is also a member of Prairie’s Board of Directors. Dave provides closely-held businesses with a complete understanding of the best available options for their ownership transition needs. He expertly executes mergers and acquisitions ("M&A"), management buyouts (MBOs), employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), estate planning and other corporate finance transactions. Dave serves as a trusted advisor to a diverse range of clients nationwide delivering highly strategic consultation.

With extensive end-to-end management experience and a focus on his clients’ success, Dave helps ensure an exceptional ownership transition experience. Dave is also a CFA Charter holder and is on the board of directors of a company that manufactures plastic parts. In addition, he is a frequent speaker in forums around the country on topics including ownership transition, valuation, capital management and the sale of businesses. Dave is also a past chair and an Emeritus Member of the Advisory Committee on Valuation with The ESOP Association.

Corporate Directorships:

  • Plastic Products Co. Inc., Lindstrom, MN - Member, Board of Directors
    January 2014 - Present

Professional Experience

Before joining Prairie, Dave was Relationship Manager/Senior Administrator in the Northern Trust Company’s Wealth Management Group, specializing in advising and administering individual family relationships for families with liquid net worth in excess of $100.0 million. He provided expertise on structured equity, financial reporting, investment management, asset allocation, lending, family partnership administration, performance analysis and tax-related work. Prior to that, Dave worked for Harris Trust and Savings Bank, providing financial reporting and performance analysis for the bank’s largest relationship, a $12.0 billion pension trust.


Dave holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Indiana University. He also attended the University of Pennsylvania’s ESOP CEO Leadership Program.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder
  • National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
  • 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