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For over twenty years, Open Prairie and its principals have provided early and growth stage venture capital, merchant banking and strategic planning services to firms throughout the Midwest in a diverse array of industries including; agricultural, life science, medical device, software and information technology, energy, financial services, manufacturing and distribution, construction, real estate, and retail.
As entrepreneurs themselves, the Open Prairie team of professionals has a keen understanding of the challenges faced by your company and draws upon a wealth of business experience to drive growth with the development and implementation of solution-focused strategies necessary to achieve optimal results for all business stakeholders.
Open Prairie Ventures
Steve is the managing director of Open Prairie’s merchant banking practice. With a 25-year history in investment banking, commercial banking, and energy, Steve interacts with all clients within the merchant banking division. Steve’s experience includes executive corporate operations, debt finance, merger and acquisitions, capital raising and restructuring, shareholder transitions and succession planning, asset and stock sales, negotiation and strategic planning in a wide array of industries including oil and gas, retail, real estate development and financial services.
• CEO, SNC JJ Holdings, LLC
• CEO, Griffin Companies
• Commercial Banker, Executive Director Walnut Ridge Bank Shares
• Investment Advisor, Bank Division, Vining-Sparks Securities, Inc.
• Investment Advisor (U.S. Bond Division), T.J. Raney & Sons
Education and Qualifications
• BS in Business Administration, Southern Nazarene University
• 19th Century British Economics, St. John’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
||Vestaron (formerly known as Venomix) is developing proprietary agriculture insecticide products for the environmentally conscious twenty-first century. The core technology for Vestaron is based on the utilization of polypeptides found in spider venom. Preliminary tests have produced positive results against a variety of insects and pest species including mosquitoes, caterpillars, house flies and cockroaches. Additionally, Vestaron products are designed to be harmless to non-target species, including humans and other mammals.|
||KcBioMediX is a medical device company established to commercialize technologies developed at the University of Kansas that measure, develop, and monitor the Non-Nutritive Suck (“NNS”). NNS is an essential building block in an infant’s development of the coordinated sucking, breathing and swallowing capability needed in independent oral feeding. The inability to feed independently is the leading cause of failure to discharge from the hospital for premature babies. |
||Compact Particle Acceleration Corp. is partnering with TomoTherapy Incorporated and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to create the next generation of compact proton therapy for cancer treatment. The key component of the new technology is a dielectric wall accelerator (DWA). The DWA will allow CPAC to produce an intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) machine that can be used in a standard therapy treatment room; allowing CPAC the opportunity to make IMPT available to a broader range of hospitals and cancer centers. In addition to cancer treatment, the technology has the potential to be used in other fields such as defense, security and semiconductors.|
||Cernium develops proprietary software integrating computer systems for industry-specific electronic security solutions using video technology. The software solutions are used in multiple applications. The core direction is toward the creation of industry-specific products focusing on intelligent image analysis via closed circuit television monitoring systems. Cernium is a pioneer in advanced video analysis for physical security. Our breakthrough solutions identify suspicious or unusual behavior through video analysis, helping achieve clients security and fiscal objectives by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their entire security operation. |
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