ESG and Independent Sponsors - Are you behind the eight ball?

January 19th , 2023 at 12:00 pm ET

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ESG and Independent Sponsors - Are you behind the eight ball?

  • Role ESG plays in IS decisions around investments – How much does ESG factor into investment decisions?
  • Timeline for a more robust integration of ESG into investment framework – Is there an urgency for IS to take a more active role in ESG implementation? 
  • Resources being leveraged by IS – What sort of ESG frameworks, scorecards and checklists are they currently leveraging?  Where are the gaps in current toolkits?
  • Consistency across IS firms - How are ESG resources and information being shared across the IS community?  What sort of resources do folks already have and what do they need?    
  • Benefits of ESG – How is increased ESG focus helping IS improve financial performance?  How are IS tracking and reporting on ESG benefits? 


Elena Mervine is a managing director with CohnReznick Advisory where she focuses on performing buy and sell-side due diligence for private equity firms, lenders, strategic buyers, and sellers.


Elena Mervine

Managing Director, CohnReznick Advisory - Transaction Advisory Services

CohnReznick LLP

With more than 11 years of experience in finance, public accounting, and transaction diligence, she helps clients by assessing quality of earnings, working capital, financial reporting infrastructure, controls, and value drivers of their investments. Her industry experience includes consumer, retail, media, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, renewable energy, hospitality, and cannabis.

In 2018, Elena helped launch CohnReznick’s Cannabis practice and pioneered early due diligence work in the space. Before joining the firm, she worked at several Big Four firms where she was responsible for audits of large public and private companies across several industries as well as transaction diligence of acquisition targets. Her experience includes consulting as an interim CFO; assisting public companies with financial reporting, modeling, analysis, compliance, and corporate governance; and preparing and filing SEC forms and other information such as 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, MD&A and S-1 registration statements. She has also worked with companies in the process of going public via IPOs, reverse mergers, and PIPE transactions and obtaining a listing on NASDAQ and OTCBB. 



With roots in a family business focused on commercial construction and infrastructure services, Kevin is the founder of Anchor Point Partners, where he invests in and advises across the building products, construction, and home services industries.

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Kevin Barner

Managing Partner

Anchor Point Partners
 Career highlights include:
Senior External Advisor to McKinsey & Company’s building products and home services practice, where he helped advise large players across the industry on key strategic initiatives.
Managing Director with Lone Star Funds (“Lone Star”), a global private equity firm that has raised over $85 billion of equity. Kevin was a senior member of the corporate private equity and debt investment team in the North America region. He played a key role in and served on the board of directors of all of Lone Star’s platform investments in the building products space in North America, including the (i) the carve-out acquisition of Continental Building Products from Lafarge SA, (ii) the carve-out and buy-and-build acquisition of Hanson Building Products (n/k/a Forterra, Inc.) from HeidelbergCement AG, (iii) the buy-and-build acquisition of Foundation Building Materials in partnership with founding management, (iv) the acquisition of U.S. Pipe from Wynnchurch Capital, (v) the buy-and-build of American Bath Group in partnership with founding management, (vi) the acquisition of MAAX bath from Brookfield, and (vii) the acquisition of Arclin.
- Vice President at The Halifax Group (“Halifax”), a middle-market private equity firm, where he sourced, evaluated, and assisted with the management of Halifax’s private equity investments
- Analyst with BB&T Capital Markets Investment Banking specializing in mergers and acquisitions across a variety of industries 
- Current Board of Director roles for AHF (the largest hardwood flooring manufacturer in the U.S.), Dura Supreme (the fourth largest manufacturer of cabinets in the U.S), and Lamps Plus (the largest specialty residential lighting retailer in the U.S.)
- University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce with a BS in Commerce with Distinction and a concentration in finance
Resides in Dallas, TX with wife and two children


Heidi Vanhamme is a Managing Director of Broad Sky Partners, she leads the firm’s investor relations activities and serves as the Chief Operating Officer.


Heidi Vanhamme

Managing Director

Broad Sky Partners

Most recently, Heidi was a Vice President at The Carlyle Group within the Managed Accounts Investment Programs group, which managed strategic partnerships with large institutional investors.

Prior to Carlyle and Broad Sky, Heidi was at Investcorp, where she worked in an investor relations/portfolio management role in their private equity group. Heidi started her career at Arthur Andersen in its Corporate Finance Group, providing M&A advisory services.

Heidi earned her MBA from IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain and earned her BBA from EU Business School, Antwerp, Belgium.


Aundre started his real estate career by forming BK Brownstones. He invested, renovated, and managed his own multi-family properties in Brooklyn, New York and the greater NYC areas since 2006. He started with 2-4 multi-families. 

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Aundre Oldacre

Co-Founder Managing Partner

AoRa Development

Aundre’s role as a founding partner at AoRa is to find, evaluate, underwrite, and raise capital for add value and new construction deals. He implements various strategies to find off-market deals from a vast network of brokers and institutional sources. Once acquired, he helps manage the process from start to finish, working alongside the team, ensuring the latest technologies are applied for the most efficient and expedient building methods.

He is a construction technology expert in leading innovations, advising governmental agencies such as NYC DOB and HUD. He speaks on various panels and podcasts about his work. Aundre focuses on sustainability, super insulation, renewable energy systems, PropTech for property management solutions, and modular construction. He uses municipal tax incentives, and other strategic financing vehicles to achieve highly leveraged, low interest capital. As a result, he increases investor IRR. 

Aundre holds certifications from the Cornell commercial real estate program and Columbia Construction Finance Management. The programs covered acquisition, managing developments, financing the deal, property management, asset management, and underwriting, accurately providing cost estimates, quantity takeoffs, feasibility, financial modeling, and risk management. 

He serves as the Chairman of the Off-Site Construction 

Council with the National Institute of Building Science, a board member of EIC PACE (Property Accessed Clean Energy), and is a member of the New York Real Estate Chamber. He partnered with Future Insights to win the NYC Building Hackathon contest. The joint venture will soon be working with the NYC building department to implement an automated permitting software that decreases their permitting process up to 80%, adding millions in revenue with more transactions, new RE taxes, and reducing employment costs. 

He creates a competitive advantage for AoRa with the ability to build projects 50% faster, up to 25% cheaper, with better quality, and less contingencies over traditional construction methods. He studies the latest in building materials, building techniques, pre fab, construction robotics, etc. We use the latest technology in renewable energy sources from solar, cogeneration, geothermal, and radiant heating to lower utility costs and increase NOI. 


Mr. Song has a diverse background with over 30 years in principal investments, investment banking, and operational experience. Prior to co-founding Prodos Capital ("Prodos"), Mr. Song was the head of investments and corporate finance for Verus International, a boutique merchant banking firm that was co-founded by Citigroup, where he led investments in both private and public companies in the emerging growth and middle market.

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Douglas Song

Managing Partner

Proodos Capital

 Prior to Verus, Mr. Song was SVP of Corporate Development at On2 Technologies. At On2, Mr. Song led all aspects of strategic planning, financial analysis, mergers & acquisitions, financings and the capital markets. Prior to joining On2, Song was a Managing Director at Bluestone Capital Partners, where he was a senior banker and a manager in that firm's Corporate Finance Department. At BlueStone, Mr. Song was responsible for the execution of public offerings and private placements as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Song was a member of BlueStone's Management Committee and Commitment Committee. Previously, he held positions as an investment banker at Smith Barney in the Global Energy and Power Group and Chase Manhattan Bank in the M&A Group and subsequently in the Workout Group. Mr. Song received a B.S. in Finance, School of Management at Boston University.



Alecia Hill joined FCP in 2022 as Vice President – Assistant Portfolio Manager and is responsible for expanding the firm’s impact investing housing platform, as well as advancing firmwide strategic initiatives within Social Impact and ESG.

Alecia Hill, Vice President, Affordable Housing, FCP

Alecia Hill

Vice President - Impact Investments


Alecia specializes in affordable housing and community development finance and works closely with FCP’s Acquisitions and Asset Management teams. Prior to joining FCP, Alecia worked in the Impact Investing Team at Enterprise Community Investments where she focused on new fund development, transaction underwriting, and innovation for a dedicated impact-focused workforce housing strategy.  She is a member of the ULI Washington Women’s Leadership Circle and Women in Housing Finance. Alecia received her MPA in Finance from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

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