Companies Are Still Buying…But What

Industries Are They Focused On?


Companies Are Still Buying...But What Industries Are They Focused On?

After a bit of a hiatus we are back and wanted to restart our chapter meetings by giving a market overview of what each of the members of the leadership team has been seeing over the past 6 months. The general health of the overall economy and the current market environment are two important variables to consider when looking to sell a business. The panel of experts will also cover the new economic developments due to the COVID-19 pandemic along with audience Q&A. A panel or M&A experts will be available to discuss recent trends in the industry and they will give an update on the general state of the marketplace for buyers and sellers. In addition, we have Sarah Clevenger the Principal of Blue River Financial Group to give us an update by industry.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what industries buyers are looking at as targets in the new environment
  • Understand what is driving company multiples now and how that will be different moving forward post COVID-19
  • What do buyers want to see in a company and management team


About the Presenter:

Learn from industry expert Sara Clevenger, Principal of Blue River Financial Group

Meet the Presenter

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The EPI Pittsburgh Local Chapter is different than other groups because it brings together a diverse group of professionals from a wide range of specialties that can naturally work collaboratively on exit planning, succession planning, value growth, transaction or any engagement from both sides of the equation. The chapter meets regularly to network, reconnect, grow knowledge, and sharpen their skills with a common goal: Change the outcome for transitioning business owners. Make plans to join us for future events and connect with the local leadership by visiting

About the Presenter

Sara Clevenger

Sara Clevenger

Principal of Blue River Financial Group

Meet Sara Clevenger.

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.


Continuing Education

This meeting qualifies for the following continuing education credits:

One (1) CPE hour (pending approval)

One (1) CFP hour (pending approval)

One (1) CEPA credit (pending approval)


NOTE: Proper documentation must be collected and submitted to qualify for continuing education. For questions regarding awarded continuing education credits, please contact EPI.