Tom DeSimone & Nick Viner Recognized as 40 Under Forty Honorees by NACVA

By: Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. - March 22, 2022 - PRLog -- Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc. ("Prairie"), a leading middle-market investment bank, is proud to announce that Tom DeSimone and Nick Viner have been recognized as 40 Under Forty honorees in 2021 by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

The 40 Under Forty recognition program is designed to give voice and opportunity to the next generation of industry mavericks. The NACVA executive staff reviewed all submitted nominations and selected 40 honorees that exemplify the brightest emerging leaders in the profession.

"We are very proud that two members of our team have been recognized as 40 Under Forty nominees in 2021," commented David Diehl, CEO of Prairie. "Tom and Nick have both been tremendous assets to our firm and are consummate professionals."

Tom DeSimone, Director, has extensive experience in advising middle-market companies on ESOP transactions (representing both companies and ESOP trustees), mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financial opinions, corporate valuation and other investment banking advisory services. Tom also works with boards of directors and companies on mature ESOP planning and sustainability. Tom is a frequent speaker in various forums, including the National Center for Employee Ownership, The ESOP Association, the Illinois CPA Society and the Great Game of Business, as well as at corporate speaking engagements. He presents on topics such as ownership transition, ESOP transactions and culture and communication within ESOP companies. In addition, Tom sits on the board of directors of a company that provides cyber research and development services to the federal government.

Nick Viner, Vice President, advises middle-market companies on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), corporate valuation, financial opinions and other investment banking advisory services. Nick is responsible for providing project management services, corporate valuations and transaction analyses in support of capital structuring engagements including the following: ESOP implementation, leveraged recapitalizations, management buyouts (MBO), mergers and acquisitions (M&A), fairness opinions and other corporate finance-related topics. Nick also regularly presents webinars on the topic of valuation.

For more information about NACVA's 40 Under Forty and to read the full bios for all honorees, please visit the NACVA website.

About Prairie Capital Advisors

Prairie offers investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuations & opinions and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, the company is a leading advisor to closely-held companies nationwide. In 2022, Prairie was named ESOP Investment Bank of the Year by M&A Atlas. For more information, visit

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