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Steve Jackson

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Owner & CEO
Prairie Home Alliance

Steve Jackson was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He had two great parents, Jim and Anne Jackson, three older brothers, and a younger sister. After 12 years of Catholic grade school and high school, Steve attended Butler University on a baseball scholarship. He graduated on May 20, 1979, married his high school sweetheart, Maggie Niehus, on May 28, they moved to Chicago on May 30, and Steve began his career going to work for the Dow Chemical Company.

Steve and Maggie are the proud parents of three devoted sons, Steve, Joe, and Chris. Steve and Chris work in the business with their dad, and Joe is an assistant general manager at a golf club in New Jersey. Joe is the father to Steve and Maggie’s only grandchild, seventeen year old, Nicholas. This fact is about to change as Chris’ wife, Madisen, is due to deliver their second grandson any day now.

Steve left Dow in the fall of 1982 to go to work as the general manager of Lumberyard Suppliers, Inc. in Champaign, IL. LS is a wholesale buildings products distributor. He was promoted to VP of Sales for LS in the spring of 1986, and he, Maggie, and their two sons moved to the Peoria area.

In 1992, Steve left LS to team up with Mike O’Reilly, the owner of Peoria Siding and Window at that time. The goal was to grow the size of that company and to expand their home improvement offerings throughout central Illinois. Ten years later through growth and acquisition, they had nearly quadrupled the sales volume of Peoria Siding, and their companies serve homeowners from Iowa to Indiana.

Steve enjoyed some great partnerships with some talented individuals over the years that played key roles in the success and growth of the businesses. These partners were Mike O’Reilly, Scott Spitznagle, Brad Blumenshine, and David Russell. All but David have since retired, and Steve remains grateful to all of them.

Collectively, the Prairie Home Alliance Companies are the largest home improvement company from Chicago to St. Louis.

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