What is PoleStar? By definition, a polestar is a star that is directly aligned with Earth’s North or South Pole. The Earth’s most popular polestar is the North Star, or Polaris, and sits almost directly above the North Pole. For this reason, it is a reliable gauge of North if you find yourself lost on a clear night without a compass. Because of a polestar’s importance in navigation, over time it has come to mean a guiding or directing principle.
PoleStar Entrepreneurial Group, LLC is an innovative group of advisers that work exclusively with entrepreneurs that are on the move. We help navigate the next step whether it is raising financing for a start-up, expanding an existing business or designing an exit strategy to maximize value upon retirement. We believe in working with those that have something to contribute to the world and that have the desire to improve the lives of those around them including their own. As such, we have a unique way of approaching business and defining success. We believe in building meaningful strategies that not only accomplishes business goals but aid personal growth and achievement.
PoleStar has decades of experience in accounting, finance, and advisory. Randy Siddoway is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting with a minor in Swedish. Jeanine Barkan is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance.
Randy Siddoway, CPA, graduated from Utah State University in 1989 with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with emphasis on accounting and a minor in Swedish.
He was employed by the world’s largest CPA firm, KPMG Peat Marwick, from 1989 to 1993. Since 1994 Randy has either been self employed or worked for local accounting firms. At present, he is a principle at Siddoway Advisory Services, LLC located in Boise, Idaho.
He is a member of RAN ONE, a network of accountants that specialize in advisory services and has recently completed a master advisor program through Thriving Firm. Randy helps small business owners rediscover why they went into business and provides assistance in getting back on the path to achieving their dreams.
Randy recently divested himself of his public accounting firm so that he could focus all of his professional energies on assisting business owners on the move. This resulted in the formation of PoleStar Entrepreneurial Group. PoleStar assists clients in defining and setting their business and personal trajectory on a path that will get them to their PoleStar, where they achieve their dreams.
Randy is the father of six children ranging in age from 25 years old to 14 years old. When Randy is not training for or competing in a triathlon, he enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and cruising through the mountains on his motorcycle.
Jeanine Barkan received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from California State University, Fullerton in 1997. Immediately following college, Jeanine joined Ernst & Young, LLP in Financial Advisory Services as part of the Valuation Group where she performed hundreds of valuation engagements in a wide variety of industries. Jeanine has experience consulting for small business start-ups as well as serving on the Board of Director’s for non-profit organizations. Jeanine has worked for small CPA firms with a focus on business development and advisory work.
Recently, Jeanine along with Randy Siddoway, started her own advisory firm that focuses on helping entrepreneurs on the move. PoleStar assists business owners in defining and setting their business and personal trajectory on path that will get them to their PoleStar, where they achieve their dreams. Jeanine is a Member of National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Valuation Analyst.
Jeanine’s core competencies include research, report writing, business modeling and projections development, financial analysis and strategic planning. Jeanine’s been able to use these core competencies to help business owner’s develop appropriate benchmark’s for financial monitoring, assist in proposal writing and develop strategic expansion plans and exit strategies.
Jeanine is married and has two teenage boys, Nathan (15) and Nicholas (14). In her spare-time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.