Robert Auer joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2008. His primary responsibilities include advising companies on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), divestitures, valuations and strategic assessments. Over the past 20 years, Bob has worked on and sourced, on average, five to 10 transactions per year. In many cases, based on market conditions and valuations issues, it has been Bob’s approach to recommend transaction structures other than a sale or acquisition by a client.
Prior to joining Prairie, Bob started the Midwest Corporate Finance practice for KPMG, the fourth largest worldwide accounting firm, in 1994. KPMG Corporate Finance is the largest provider of middle market M&A services worldwide. Bob has served the industrial, consumer and service industries for the last 25 years in buying, selling and raising capital for middle market family businesses. During his 15-year tenure at KPMG, Bob developed a worldwide contact base of clients throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.
Prior to joining KPMG, Bob was President and a founder of Valtec Associates. Valtec was based in the Chicago area and had over 100 employees providing valuation and M&A services to the middle market. Valtec Associates was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1990 and subsequently became the Business Advisory Services division at Merrill Lynch. The division’s focus was to help family businesses review and execute the transition of their family businesses. Prior to becoming President at Valtec, Bob was responsible for all business development for the firm and took the company from six employees to 125 in 10 years.
Bob holds a Master in Business Administration degree from DePaul University in Chicago anda Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee.