Mission Statement

Created in 2017 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit arts organization, The Billy Barnes Foundation serves to engage in charitable and educational activities supporting and promoting the musical arts and music education through his work and perpetuate the memory and legacy of it's namesake, Billy Barnes. 


Founding Member William Epstein has more than 20 years of experience and specializes in transaction-related opinions and other valuation services. He has provided financial advice and independent opinions to Fortune 500 and middle-market clients.

Mr. Epstein has provided fairness and solvency opinions in connection with many types of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, exchange offers, spinoffs, distressed financings, leveraged buy-outs and a variety of related party transactions. He has testified several different venues as a designated expert regarding and in support of transaction opinions.

Before joining BRG, Mr. Epstein was an executive director at Capstone Valuation Services, LLC, and previously was a national director at American Appraisal Associates, responsible for the firm’s global Opinion Services Practice; and a managing director with Navigant Capital Advisors, in charge of Navigant’s fairness opinion services. Prior to joining Navigant, Mr. Epstein spent more than 16 years with Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin as Southwest director for fairness and solvency opinions and was a member of Houlihan’s National Transactions Review Committee.

Founding Member Richard Tyler Jordan served for 30 years as a Senior Publicist with the Walt Disney Studios motion picture marketing division, where he worked on over 500 feature films. In addition to his many published books, including the Polly Pepper mystery series, and untold numbers of feature articles, he also wrote the seminal nonfiction Hollywood/Broadway book, “But Darling, I’m Your Auntie Mame!” a history of the immortal fictional character created by author Patrick Dennis. He enjoys living half the year in the Lake Arrowhead area of the Southern California mountains, and the other half in a cottage (a converted 18th-century stable) in the English countryside.

Founding Member Sean Monroe is a highly skilled and effective corporate transactional lawyer specializing in complex mergers and acquisitions, joint venture, private equity, and corporate finance transactions, including fund formation and investments, portfolio company acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and restructurings, venture capital and early-stage formation and investment transactions, and executive employment and compensation arrangements. Sean has particular expertise in advising entertainment and media clients in all aspects of transactions in these industries, including such matters as motion picture financings, television business acquisitions and investments, digital and new media venture formations and other investment, disposition, and licensing matters involving these businesses.

Ancillary to his core practice, Sean has extensive experience with federal and state securities laws and regulations, state corporate laws, and general corporate matters and corporate governance, with related experience in tax, intellectual property, employee benefits, ERISA, environmental, and bankruptcy practice areas.

Sean’s entertainment and media clients include motion picture and television studios, entertainment finance companies, high-net-worth investors, producers, and executives in the entertainment, media, and sports industries. In addition, Sean frequently represents producers, financiers, and distributors of digital content, private equity and hedge funds, early-stage and venture-backed companies and startups. Sean’s non-entertainment clients include global financial services providers, real estate development and acquisition companies, family offices and investment advisors providing third-party fairness and solvency opinions.

Founding Member Robyn Spangler has spent her life in entertainment working both in front of and behind the camera. Her education is in music and theatre receiving a full ride scholarship in voice. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. Behind the camera she has experience in marketing, public relations and sales working at The Walt Disney Studios feature film division in Burbank, California. 

More recently, she stepped back into the spotlight recording four CD's and making orchestra, symphony and club appearances across the US and abroad.

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