Art Baker, Finance Expert in Southlake, TX, United States
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Art Baker

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Southlake, TX, United States
Toptal Member Since
May 20, 2020

Art is an accomplished finance professional with more than 15 years of experience—working within the US and internationally. Art has established and improved financial reporting and analytical systems in Fortune 500 and startup companies alike and has created value as an individual contributor and team leader.

Career Highlights

Vice President
RBC Capital Markets

Case Studies

Work Experience

Chief Strategy Officer

2018 - 2020
Smart Start
  • Developed long-range financial plans, annual budgets, and ad-hoc business cases.
  • Originated, executed, and integrated acquisitions of competitors and new technologies.
  • Led investor solicitation (financial model, management presentation, and due diligence).
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Leveraged Buyout Modeling, Forecasting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Manager of Strategic Initiatives

2016 - 2017
  • Developed financial forecasts for connected, autonomous, shared, and electric (CASE) vehicles.
  • Launched GIG Car Share with responsibility for procurement of vehicles and technologies.
  • Implemented inorganic growth strategy for the core business.
Focus areas: Early-stage Startups

Finance Manager

2014 - 2015
General Motors
  • Created a financial reporting system for MAVEN Car Share including monthly P&Ls and MD&As.
  • Supervised the preparation of business cases on emerging technologies in the connected car space.
  • Served as an interim CFO of MAVEN Car Share, a $50-million startup business unit within GM (General Motors).
Focus areas: Self-driving Cars, Autonomous Navigation, Electric Vehicles

Vice President

2006 - 2013
RBC Capital Markets
  • Completed 25 transactions with the aggregate size of $70 billion.
  • Earned the highest fee in RBC Capital Markets' history.
  • Promoted from an associate to vice president in 2010.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), M&A (Buy-side), M&A (Sell-side)
2004 - 2006

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Finance

University of Toronto - Toronto, ON, Canada

1996 - 1997

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business

Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, OK, United States


Chartered Financial Analyst

CFA Institute


Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), DCF Valuation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Private Equity, Capital Raising, Financial Modeling, M&A (Sell-side), M&A (Buy-side), Forecasting, Leveraged Buyout Modeling, M&A Modeling

Data & Analysis Software

Capital IQ, Factset, Tableau, Bloomberg

Industry Expertise

Early-stage Startups

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint


Investment Banking, Financial Forecasting, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Navigation, Microsoft Power BI, Precedent Transaction Analysis, Self-driving Cars

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