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Theodore Polk

  • Managing Director
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Biography

Ted is a Managing Director at Capstone Headwaters. Prior to Capstone, Ted ran the corporate finance practice in the Central region for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Capital Strategies Group and its predecessor, Citi Capital Strategies.  He has over 20 years of experience working with businesses across a variety of industries and has focused interest working with businesses providing tech-enabled products and services to industrial, government-related and other markets.  Ted is an active public speaker on the topic of business exits and recapitalizations of privately owned businesses.  

Ted was recognized by Global M&A Network in 2018 for his involvement in the USA Recap Deal of the Year and in 2017 for his participation in the US Corporate M&A Deal of the Year. He was previously recognized by the M&A Advisor in 2015 for Professional Services Deal of the year and was also previously recognized for his role on transactions awarded the Middle-Market M&A Deal of the Year, the Middle-Market M&A Financing Deal of the Year and the Cross-Border Middle-Market Deal of the Year. Early in his career, Mr. Polk worked at Valuemetrics, Inc. and in the Corporate Banking Group at The Bank of New York.

Education

The University of Chicago - MBA

Georgetown University - BSBA

Registrations & Affiliations

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

FINRA - Series 24 General Securities Principal

FINRA - Series 7 & 63 Registered General Securities Representative

Industry Coverage

The performance of publicly traded T&M companies since the onset of COVID-19, shows that while the sector initially suffered a dramatic correction along with the rest of the Technology sector, it has led a recovery into positive territory and showed resilience since mid-June.  We expect this strength to continue for the remainder of the year, placing the sector in an enviable position to benefit from a return to sustainable economic growth in 2021. Read more

The highly fragmented HVACR Services market presents ample consolidation potential, with an extensive supply of small, geographic-centric prospective add-ons. Capstone maintains relationships with an extensive private equity network, which gives us a unique pulse on buyer perspectives and insights in the HVACR industry. In this report, CEO AJ Brown of Alpine Investors-backed Apex Service Partners, and VP of Corporate Development Karan Aggarwal of Ares Management-backed CoolSys, provided Capstone with their perspectives and outlooks on the attractiveness of the HVACR Services market. Read more

This follows Capstone’s recently advised sales of MMi Sonora to ARCH Global Precision, a portfolio holding of The Jordan Company, and EB Industries, LLC to MCM Capital Partners.  As evidenced by these transactions, private equity (PE) firms have shown a strong appetite for precision manufacturing companies and have comprised almost 60% of buyers in the space year-to-date.Read more