Todd Poling

President

Todd Poling

Todd Poling is the Founder and President of Vantage Point Advisors, Inc.  Mr. Poling is actively involved in valuation engagements of all types and also leads the firm’s strategic planning and business development efforts.

Prior to founding Vantage Point, Mr. Poling was Managing Director of CBIZ Valuation Group, Inc., spending several years with the firm in the Dallas, San Diego, and Los Angeles offices.  While at CBIZ, Mr. Poling managed large and complex valuation consulting engagements focusing heavily in the transaction arena.  He participated in numerous engagements involving corporate re-structuring, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, ESOPs and fairness opinions.  In addition, he provided valuation consulting in litigation support situations and served as an expert witness in both deposition and trial settings.

Before joining CBIZ, Mr. Poling was the first employee and General Manager of the Antique Drapery Rod Company, Inc. a start-up manufacturer of drapery hardware and other fabricated furniture products based in Dallas, Texas where he was responsible for the company’s operational and financial activities.  Today ADR, Inc. is an internationally recognized brand within its industry with over 150 employees, many of whom joined the company in its early years.  Mr. Poling began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he worked in the firm’s audit and business consulting practices.

Mr. Poling graduated from the University of South Dakota with a B.S. in Accounting and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University.  He is currently Immediate Past-President and serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), the Advisory Board of the San Diego State University Business Forum, is a member of the San Diego Rotary Club 33, and is a Trustee of the University of South Dakota Foundation.

Professional Experience
  • Vantage Point Advisors, Inc. – Founder and President
  • CBIZ Valuation Group, Inc. – Managing Director
  • Antique Drapery Rod Company, Inc. – General Manager
  • Arthur Andersen & Co. – Associate
Professional Associations and other Credentials
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Associate Member, American Society of Appraisers
Boards and other Civic Duties
  • Past President and Board of Directors – Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), San Diego Chapter
  • Board of Directors – San Diego Venture Group (SDVG)
  • Trustee – University of South Dakota Foundation
  • Past Volunteer – Big Brothers and Junior Achievement
Select Lectures and Appearances
  • “Virtual CEO TownHall: Using Challenges to Transform a Corporation” San Diego Chapter Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Panel Presentation Moderator 08/20
  • “Basic ESOP Valuation” The California Western States Chapter of the ESOP Association (CAWS) Panel Presentation 10/19
  • “Things About Your Valuation That You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask” The California Western States Chapter of the ESOP Association (CAWS) Panel Presentation 10/18
  • “Reflections on Selling Your Business: It’s Not Just About EBITDA” San Diego Chapter Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Panel Presentation Moderator 08/18
  • “Exit Planning V: Business Continuity & Buy/Sell Agreements” North County San Diego Estate Planning Council (NCEPC) Panel Presentation 08/18
  • “Understanding Financial Statements and Their Effects on Value” The California Western States Chapter of the ESOP Association (CAWS) Panel Presentation 10/17
  • “San Diego Success Story – Local Company Transitions to National Fortune” San Diego Chapter Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Panel Presentation Moderator 01/17
  • “Valuation Trends: What Is My Business Worth Today?” San Diego Chapter Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Panel Presentation 02/15
  • “2015 San Diego State University Economic Forecast: Insights, Experts, Trends” Panel Presentation Moderator 01/15
  • “How to Evaluate your Start-up” Manos Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) & Manos Accelerator Conference 04/14
Education
  • Southern Methodist University – MBA – Marketing, Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies
  • University of South Dakota – BA – Accounting