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 of the Advisory Committee on Valuation with The ESOP Association.
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.