Project Description

Darren Synder

JOINED PRAIRIE:

1998

INDUSTRY FOCUS:

Consumer

EDUCATION:

Drake University
(BA in Economics, Magna Cum Laude)
University of Chicago
(MBA)

EXPERIENCE

Darren currently serves as a Partner of Prairie Capital. Prior to Prairie, Darren was a Vice President for American National Bank and Trust Company (now part of J.P. Morgan Chase). While with American National Bank, Darren’s experiences included financing leveraged buyouts and managing a relationship-based lending portfolio of middle market companies. Prior to joining American National, Darren was a commercial underwriter for an insurance company, and owned and operated a family-held business.

OTHER

Darren is a former Chairman and current Board Member of the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA), and recipient of the Fellows Medal for outstanding contributions to the private equity profession and to the Illinois Venture Capital Association. Darren has also served on the board of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (now the SBIA) and is a former President of the Midwest Region.

Darren has been an active participant in the support of the community and schools through a variety of volunteer and fundraising services, among them Lookingglass Theatre, LINK Unlimited and the Park West Nursery Co-op. Darren also is a former President of the founding board of Polaris Charter Academy, a free, public school option for K-8 children in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. He lives with his wife and three sons in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

CURRENT PORTFOLIO

BOTE, LLC
Pioneer Metal Finishing Corporation
Tower Engineering Professionals
National Enzyme Company
StyleCraft Consumer Holdings, LLC

SELECT PRIOR PORTFOLIO

BLR
Nicoat Holdings LLC
Captek Softgel, Inc.
Messenger, LLC