The Team Behind Prairie Capital Advisors

Our Team

Stephanie Carlin


Vice President

Stephanie Klingzell Carlin joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2018. She provides closely-held business owners with an understanding of the value of their business and the options available to them when they are considering ownership transition. Stephanie prides herself on ensuring business owners are thoroughly educated on possible exit strategies and on helping owners achieve their overall business objectives. Over the course of her 20+year career, she has gained extensive experience in a wide variety of industries by providing valuation analysis for Federal gift and estate tax matters, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and for general corporate planning purposes.  

As a passionate educator, Stephanie presents on ESOP advisory, business valuation, culture and communication within ESOP companies, open-book management and leadership in a wide variety of venues including the Saline/Ottawa County Bar Association, the National Center for Employee Ownership, The ESOP Association and the Great Game of Business. She has also testified as an expert in Weld County (Colorado) District Court as well as Reno, Saline and Shawnee Counties (Kansas) Court.

Stephanie co-authored a chapter on ESOP strategies in the book Exit Planning: The Definitive Guide, which was published in conjunction with the Business Enterprise Institute. She also co-authored an article for the American Towman magazine called “ESOP: Selling Out to Employees.” In addition, she was recognized as a Top 40 Under Forty honoree by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) in 2017.

Stephanie also heads one of the three teams that comprise Prairie’s ESOP Committee.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Prairie, Stephanie was a co-founder of KC&G Business Appraisal Associates, Inc. Stephanie began her career as a business appraiser with Kennedy and Coe, LLC where she helped to establish the business valuation department.


Stephanie holds a Bachelorof Science degree in Accounting from Kansas State University.

Professional Affiliations

  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers
  • The ESOP Association
  • National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA)
  • National Center of Employee Ownership (NCEO)

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