ESD adds new advisory board member

ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.), an international leader in the design of high-performance buildings, mission critical facilities, workplaces, and health, science, and education environments, announced today Duane Jackson is joining the company’s advisory board and the team at Jackson Private Capital (JPC) will serve as financial and strategic advisor to ESD.

Executive Chairman Raj Gupta says Jackson will be a great addition to an already impressive team of advisors.

Gupta said, “I’m pleased to welcome Duane and to add his voice to such a talented team of professionals, including , William Hudson, and Meredith W. Mendes. Duane will help guide ESD as we target our strategic growth plans—especially when reviewing merger and acquisition (M&A) opportunities.”

ESD Chief Executive Officer, Zackery House, added, “This is an exciting time for ESD and we remain highly focused on our ESD 2024 strategy. A key component to our strategy is pursuing M&A opportunities with companies who support and align with our values and vision. Duane and his colleagues at JPC are going to be an important factor in helping us successfully navigate and integrate strategic M&A opportunities.”

Jackson is Founder and CEO of Jackson Private Capital, a Chicago-based investment and advisory firm that partners exclusively with long-term oriented family- and founder-led businesses. Jackson provides objective financial and strategic advice to assist owners in refining and executing upon their strategic objectives and can provide differentiated, long-term capital, when needed, to further support an owner’s objectives. As an advisor to ESD, Jackson believes the firm’s mission to improve society through the built environment provides a powerful foundation for further growth through M&A and other sustainable value creation initiatives.

As an Investor-in-Residence at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Jackson also provides mentorship, coaching and advice to students and faculty. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Robert Toigo Fellow and MLT Fellow and his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Jackson served in the Office of Financial Stability at the U.S. Treasury Department during the global financial crisis and serves as a Trustee of his alma mater, Lake Forest Academy.