Tom Allison, Finance Expert in Bloomfield Hills, United States
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Tom Allison

Verified Expert  in Finance

Finance Expert

Bloomfield Hills, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 10, 2022

Tom was CFO of RPB Safety from 2010 until its acquisition by GVS s.p.a. in August 2021, after growing enterprise value to $200 million. His skill set is operational finance focusing on increasing gross profit and creating financial data accuracy and ERP systems that enable growth. He understands what drives value in a business and believes that systems, structure, and accuracy are key drivers during the M&A process. Tom's goal is to enable executives to make decisions with confidence.

Career Highlights

Managing Partner
Arlo Partners
RPB Safety

Case Studies

Work Experience

Managing Partner

2022 - PRESENT
Arlo Partners
  • Co-created a joint venture program for overseas investors enabling a lower barrier to entry to the North American market, which allowed companies to increase market share rapidly.
  • Analyzed potential investments for private equity investors in the SME startup segment for clients.
  • Consulted on a multinational merger that would increase total company value by two times immediately and four times upon exit.
  • Analyzed financial statements for an international company looking to expand its footprint to the USA, resulting in significant overhead savings and increased cash position.
  • Advised on ERP system setup to enable growth in international business looking to expand in the USA at 30% growth rates.
Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Investments, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)


2010 - 2022
RPB Safety
  • Oversaw the transition of operations from New Zealand to Michigan, USA, to allow for exponential growth in the North American market, increasing company valuation from $10 million to $200 million.
  • Played a key role in enabling owners to exit the business for more than three times their original ambitions.
  • Oversaw FP&A to enable RPB to grow organically and become one of the most respected brands in the industrial and healthcare respiratory markets against large competitors such as 3M and Honeywell.
  • Managed an extensive Epicor ERP implementation, which enabled significant growth of 50% during the pandemic with very little strain on the infrastructure, allowing the business to focus on producing quality products with no downtime.
  • Oversaw the supply chain crisis during the pandemic working with supply chain staff to ensure supply was always available, leading to RPB being the only manufacturer of powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) with inventory during critical periods.
Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Pricing, Costing, Management, Strategy, IT Strategy, M&A Strategy, Exit Strategy, Forecasting


Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Modeling, Financial Consolidation, Forecasting, Pricing, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Cash Flow Modeling, Ratio Analysis, M&A Reporting

Data & Analysis Software

Xero Accounting, Intuit QuickBooks

Output Software



COGS Analysis, Costing, Management, Strategy, IT Strategy, Excel 365, Microsoft SQL Server, Zoom, Consolidated Reporting, M&A Strategy, Exit Strategy, Investments, Microsoft Power BI, Windows, Systems, Data, Financial Ratios

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