About Us

AdaptBN was an all-digital news company based in Bloomington-Normal. Started in later 2017, AdaptBN covered local business, government, and policy. From our briefings to our in-depth feature articles, AdaptBN provided subscribers with engaging, fact-driven stories and a superior reading experience.

AdaptBN ceased publishing new stories in late July 2018, the site will stay up to share our reporting with the community.

Our Editorial Board:

Christian Prenzler, Mary Kramp, Art Mier, and Erik Prenzler

Our Team

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Christian Prenzler

Managing Partner, Editor

Christian Prenzler is the founder and Managing Partner of AdaptLocal Media. In January 2017, he became the Vice President of Business Development at Teslarati, a digital media company covering Tesla, Elon Musk, SpaceX and the changing automotive market. At Teslarati, Christian has developed a passion for all aspects of the fast-growing digital media business such as hiring reporters, growing reader engagement, creating engaging advertising products, and helping the company capitalize on its market dominance.  

Christian also hosts the popular podcast, NextMobility, where he conducts interviews with leaders in the mobility space, including top executives at General Motors and pioneers in the self-driving world. He currently studies finance at the University of Denver in the Daniels College of Business. Christian’s passion for news and digital media motivated him to create AdaptLocal Media and bring relevant, engaging news stories to local communities. Christian also provides commentary on Cheddar TV, a next-generation business news network, including live commentary on the New York Stock Exchange.


Erik Prenzler

Chair, Editorial Board

Ever since Erik Prenzler graduated from the University of Denver he has been involved in commercial real estate.  This started with Property Management, then Finance/ Mortgage Brokerage, finally moving into Development and Ownership.  He acted as Project Manager on a 30,000 SF renovation project that he owns.  He also started & eventually sold an outdoor advertising business.  Erik is native of Bloomington but has also lived in Denver & Chicago.  Along with his wife & three children, he enjoys tennis and walking their dog, Walter.  While in college he was Sports Editor of the Denver Clarion.

Erik leads AdaptBN's Editorial Board and writes a weekly series focused on growing local businesses in the Bloomington-Normal community called 'Going Local'.