Founded in 1997 by Steve King and Bryan Daniels, we’re a close-knit team of professionals that has worked together for many years. From the beginning, a distinct process and core set of values was established around which the firm would pursue our vision.

From the moment we connect with a business owner, in some cases many years before a transaction occurs, we are listening, learning and evolving our approach to a potential collaboration. No stone is left unturned, and we do not fit a proposed solution into a prescribed template. We bring an inherent flexibility to structure each transaction for the benefit of all parties.

We are not engaged in day-to-day operations. Our value-add is in prioritizing and executing the necessary company-building investments required to scale the enterprise – while providing thought partnership and strategic guidance at critical junctures along the way.

Across more than two decades, seven funds, and more than 100 platform investments, it’s that approach that has led to many deep relationships, successful partnerships, and the trust of business owners across the country.

  • The culture at Prairie Capital
  • The culture at Prairie Capital


We place a premium on teamwork and camaraderie. This is true within our firm, and with our external relationships. We like and respect each other, and it shows.

We don’t believe in an our-way-or-the-highway approach. We understand that scaling a company takes time. We are patient and supportive investors and thought partners.

We do what we say. We keep our word.

  • Bryan Daniels
  • DJ Lipke
  • Tony Danielak
  • Sean McNally


We invite you to take a moment and get to know our professionals. We have a deep, cohesive, and experienced team that has worked together for a long time.

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Working with the Prairie team has brought true partners into our business. The team dynamic is positive and productive. I often feel like they are a full time part of our business. From a leadership perspective, I’ve been trusted and respected. I’m inspired by their belief in my vision and their willingness to roll up the sleeves and help our team win.
Shamus Hines, CEO, ADC
The depth of expertise that each of our new partners brings to the table will lend tremendous reinforcement to Lief’s already strong executive team in leading our company forward. The valuable recapitalization investments will also enable Lief to achieve new levels of success and innovation for our organization, and for the clients and brands we serve.
Adel Villalobos, Founder and CEO, Lief Labs
Right At School was in the fortunate position to choose between several outstanding private equity firms. We chose Prairie Capital because of their professionalism, values, and, quite honestly, their personalities. When you choose a partner, you want to know that you’ll work well together.

The past year has been a resounding success. The Prairie team adds value in all of our interactions and is involved in just the right manner. We’re on a tremendous growth trajectory, and it’s a great comfort to know Prairie has the financial and intellectual wherewithal to support us along the way.

Mark Rothschild, Founder and CEO, Right At School