C. Bryan Daniels, Founding Partner
Bryan Daniels formed Prairie Capital with Steve King in 1997, and shares overall management responsibility for Prairie. Bryan is responsible for deal generation and overseeing due diligence, deal structuring and negotiation, along with fundraising and investor relations.
Bryan also has portfolio management responsibility for Prairie Capital, and is currently a director for seven Prairie Capital investments, including DRB Systems, Chicago Deferred Exchange Corp., MB Financial, Northfield, ProVest, R3 Education, Right at School, and Tower Engineering Professionals.
Prior to establishing Prairie Capital, Bryan was a Senior Vice President of commercial banking at American National Bank & Trust Company, an $8 billion subsidiary of Bank One (now part of JP Morgan Chase). Overseeing more than $70 million in preferred stock investments in this division, he also served on the Investment Committee of ANB Mezzanine.
Bryan graduated magna cum laude from Wabash College with a BA in Mathematics and Chemistry. He received a MBA from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in finance and accounting, and thereafter completed his MS in Computer Science at the University of Chicago.
In addition to his responsibilities at Prairie, Bryan sits on the Board of Directors for MB Financial. Bryan is also a Visiting Committee Member of the Physical Sciences Department at the University of Chicago, which fosters dialogue and creates links with the broader community. Bryan and his wife Cathy, who also received her MBA from the University of Chicago, support Hyde Park Day School, Specialized Education for Bright Children, where Cathy has been a co-chair of the Scholarship Benefit for the last two years. For additional information about these organizations, please see the Civic Engagement section of this website.