Sara Clevenger, Principal, provides strategic direction and oversight for the firm’s Acquisition Support Investment Banking Group. She also leads Blue River’s Pittsburgh office. Ms. Clevenger brings over 15 years of experience in Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate Development, Portfolio and Transaction Management.
Since joining Blue River in 2012, Ms. Clevenger has managed successful platform and add-on acquisition strategies for Blue River’s acquisitive clients in a range of industries, across the US and into Canada. She works closely with clients to develop overall strategic direction of the growth-through-acquisition objectives. She then leads the Blue River deal team in their execution of the acquisition support initiatives. Primary industries of focus include industrial manufacturing, commercial and industrial distribution, information technology/software, marketing and fulfillment, and healthcare.
Prior to joining Blue River, Ms. Clevenger worked in the Commercial Real Estate Investments industry, building both owner and occupant experience to the Transaction Management, Contract Negotiation and Portfolio realms. From 2005-2009, she worked for The Sembler Company, where she focused on transaction support for land acquisition financing, construction loan execution and due diligence, as well the asset sale process and due diligence process. Prior to Sembler, Ms. Clevenger worked with The Staubach Company with a focus on portfolio management and tenant-side corporate services. Ms. Clevenger earned her B.A. upon completing studies at the University of Tampa and the University of Michigan.
Ms. Clevenger is a member of the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA), and holds the Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) credential. She is also dedicated to her participation in Sweet Adelines, International (SAI), a global nonprofit music education association serving as one of the world’s largest singing organizations for women.