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

Finance Expert in Southlake, TX, United States

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.
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Career Highlights

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  • 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)


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Finance
    2004 - 2006
    University of Toronto - Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business
    1996 - 1997
    Oklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, OK, United States


  • Chartered Financial Analyst
    JUNE 2006 - PRESENT
    CFA Institute

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