The Team Behind Prairie Capital Advisors

Our Team

Rocky Fiore

Managing Director and COO

Rocky Fiore joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2000 and serves as a member of the company’s Board of Directors, Fairness Committee, Operating Committee and Business Development Committee. He is also a shareholder in the firm. As a Managing Director, Rocky oversees client engagements related to employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) feasibility and structuring, valuation, fairness opinions, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), estate planning, capital structuring and more for clients across the country. Rocky has extensive experience in leveraged ESOP and M&A transactions as well as other forms of leveraged buyouts. He also has a diverse background working with companies in many different types of industries.

As Chief Operating Officer, Rocky manages all production teams, ensuring the exceptional delivery of services and the ongoing development of Prairie professionals. In addition, Rocky oversees business development across the entire organization.

Rocky is a nationally-recognized speaker on topics related to ESOPs, valuation, M&A and more. He is a current member of the Advisory Committee on Finance with The ESOP Association and sits on the Board of Directors at Novaspect Holdings, Inc., an Emerson Automation Solutions Business Partner.

Corporate Directorships:

  • Novaspect Holdings, Inc., Schaumburg, IL - Member, Board of Directors
    January 2017 - Present

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Prairie, Rocky was an Investment Representative for ABN Amro Inc. During his time there, Rocky provided personal financial advice and services to clients of LaSalle Bank. He has also worked as both a Financial Analyst and a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley.


Rocky earned a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree with a specific concentration in Finance from DePaul University. Rocky currently holds FINRA Series 24, 63 and 79 securities licenses.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  • American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
  • Brewers Association
  • Business Valuation Association (BVA)
  • Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
  • 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