The name Unbridled Capital has great significance. To us, Unbridled means irrepressible, creative, unique, fast-paced and inexhaustible.


Unbridled was also the winner of the 116th Kentucky Derby in 1990. In the fastest two minutes in sports, Unbridled, in post #7 as a 10-1 shot, won in stunning fashion after falling behind badly at the start. Unbridled later went on to win the Breeder’s Cup Classic and became the last Kentucky Derby winner to sire another Derby winner – Grindstone in 1996.


Like the horse, Unbridled Capital is boundless in our drive and determination for success – the success of our clients, even when the circumstances are difficult.

Rick Ormsby

Managing Director

Rick Ormsby is Managing Director at Unbridled Capital. With over 15 years of experience in franchise investment banking, Mr. Ormsby has worked on hundreds of franchise M&A assignments with clients whose collective annual revenues eclipse $4 billion. He himself has completed over $1 billion in sell-side transactions.

Mr. Ormsby worked in finance, operations, real estate, and franchising for YUM! Brands, specifically within the KFC space; however, it was in Morgan Keegan’s equity research division where his service to the restaurant industry began. Since then, he has become recognized as a leading authority on franchise finance and is often asked to provide commentary on current events involving some of the world’s most renowned restaurant companies.

Mr. Ormsby holds a BS from Texas A&M University, an MS from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He also spent four years at the U.S. Naval Academy and is fluent in Spanish.

René Newsome

CFO and Director of HR

René Newsome is the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources at Unbridled Capital. Mrs. Newsome brings more than 15 years of experience in accounting, financial analysis, tax preparation, and business consulting to Unbridled’s Executive Team. Previously, she was a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where, as an auditor, she gained extensive accounting experience. She later transitioned into Human Resource Management and served as a Recruiting Manager.

 Mrs. Newsome holds a BS from the University of Kentucky and completed graduate studies at the University of South Florida.

Derek Ball

Vice President and Legal Counsel

Derek Ball is a Vice President and Legal Counsel at Unbridled Capital. Mr. Ball is tasked with growing Unbridled’s current M&A platform and expertise into new franchise brands. He will also be a liaison for debt placement, equity raises and lender compliance for new clients. Mr. Ball will provide financial analysis, valuations and capital strategy to franchisees as well. Furthermore, he will create long-term, on-going relationships with growth-oriented franchisees in new brands.

Prior to joining Unbridled Capital, Derek Ball resided in Colorado as a licensed attorney with a focus on corporate law and a special interest in M&A. There, he received his law degree and LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver.

Tony Petrunin


Tony Petrunin is a Manager at Unbridled Capital. Mr. Petrunin leverages his experience in Financial and Capital Planning, Corporate Development and Franchise Business Development roles within YUM! Brands to deliver value-added services to clients. Mr. Petrunin focuses on fostering and developing Unbridled’s M&A platform to serve new and existing partners across a variety of growth-oriented brands. In addition, to managing and sourcing M&A engagements, Mr. Petrunin provides clients with financial and business analyses, valuations and capital strategy planning services.

Prior to his tenure at YUM!, Mr. Petrunin held management consulting and middle market investment banking roles in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Petrunin Holds a BA in Finance from the University of North Texas and an MS from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Charles E. Scholtz Jr.


Charles E. Scholtz Jr. is an Associate at Unbridled Capital. Mr. Scholtz is a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. He gained valuable expertise in corporate finance, specifically M&A, during his time at Brown-Forman with the Corporate Development team in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. Scholtz will provide financial analysis, valuations and capital strategy to franchisees while developing strategies and resources to meet their needs.

Tom Pope

Chairman and CPA

Tom Pope is the Chairman of Unbridled Capital. As the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting at the University of Kentucky, Professor Pope teaches graduate-level courses in international, partnership, and S corporation taxation as well as tax research and policy. He has published numerous articles in some of the most prestigious accounting journals, including The Accounting ReviewThe Tax AdviserTaxes, and Tax Notes

 Professor Pope’s extensive professional experience includes 8 years with the Big Four accounting firms, 5 of which were with Ernst & Whinney (now part of Ernst & Young), including 2 years with their National Tax Department in Washington, D.C. He subsequently held the position of Senior Manager of the Tax Department in Lexington, Kentucky.  

Professor Pope has also been a leader and speaker at professional tax conferences all across the United States and is active as a tax consultant. He holds a BS from the University of Louisville as well as both an MS and a DBA from the University of Kentucky.