Sara Clevenger


Sara joined Blue River’s buy-side division in May 2012, bringing over 15 years of experience in corporate development, mergers & acquisitions, commercial real estate development, portfolio, and transaction management. As Partner, she leads and scales the buy-side practice while providing leadership and direction to Blue River’s integrated services model.

Since joining Blue River, Sara has cultivated relationships with some of the most reputable, market-leading private and public acquirers in the middle market, seeking acquisitive growth in industries such as Business Services, Industrials, Automation, Software/IT, and Healthcare. While managing transactions directly, developing client strategy and supervising a team of Advisors and Research Analysts, Sara has consistently elevated the bar. Her systematic, innovation-driven approach routinely produced outstanding outcomes for Blue River’s acquisitive clients.

Prior to joining Blue River, Sara spent ten+ years in Commercial Real Estate, with both The Sember Company located in St. Petersburg, FL, and the Staubach Company, in Southfield, MI. Through her tenure with both Sembler and Staubach, Sara developed diversified transaction experience from the vantage point of both developer-owner and tenant-occupant. Sara attributes her time with these organizations as being instrumental not just in honing transactional skills, but in learning the foundation of impactful leadership.

Sara earned her B.A. upon completing studies at the University of Tampa and the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) and holds the Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) credential. Sara is active with a number of mergers & acquisitions associations, regularly collaborating on Smart Business Dealmakers Host Committee and as a regular columnist in M&A publications. She is also a dedicated and long-time member of Sweet Adelines, International (SAI), a global nonprofit music education association serving as one of the world’s largest singing organizations for women.