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.

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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 $6 billion. He himself has completed almost $2 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.

Derek Ball

Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel

Derek Ball is a Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel at Unbridled Capital. Derek has been with Unbridled from the formation of the company. Since 2017, Derek has executed numerous transactions, totaling over $1B in transaction value – and growing. While Derek is primarily tasked with seamlessly executing Unbridled’s transactions, he also performs financial analysis, valuations, and provides debt and capital strategies to our clients. Furthermore, Derek has been instrumental in creating long-term, on-going relationships with growth-oriented franchisees. Recently, the Franchise Times awarded Unbridled a dealmaker of the year award for his work advising Rage, Inc. in the sale of their 117 Pizza Huts.

Prior to joining Unbridled Capital, Derek completed his J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Denver. While in law school, Derek’s focus was on corporate, tax and M&A law. He is currently a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 1-year old daughter, Andi.

Tony Petrunin

Vice President

Tony Petrunin is a Vice President 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.

Jay F. Rutherford, Jr.

Vice President

Jay Rutherford is the Director of Business Development at Unbridled Capital. Mr. Rutherford brings 25 years of franchising experience to lend expertise to the Unbridled Capital team. Prior to joining Unbridled Capital, Mr. Rutherford was in the franchise systems of Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Taco Bell and Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits. Mr. Rutherford operated locations of these brands in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia as well as North and South Carolina.

As a former franchisee, Mr. Rutherford can speak to the expertise and quality service provided by Rick Ormsby as Mr. Ormsby represented Jay in the sale of his family’s Taco Bell restaurants in 2015.

Mr. Rutherford holds a BA from the University of Kentucky.

Raymond Buehner

Financial Analyst

Raymond Buehner is a Financial Analyst at Unbridled Capital. Raymond is responsible for assisting with the execution of strategic M&A advisory, financial analysis, market research, and valuation work. 

Raymond holds a Bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania as a finance major and accounting minor. Prior to joining Unbridled Capital, Raymond completed his Master of International Business at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. Throughout that MS program, Raymond focused primarily on graduate finance courses. 

Charles Scholtz

Associate Manager

Charles Scholtz is an Associate Manager with Unbridled Capital. Since joining Unbridled in 2017, Charles has worked on a wide variety of assignments. Whether he is representing a client in the sale of their franchise business or working to expand our vast network of buyers, Charles is always looking to improve the services we offer to our clients.

Charles completed his JD/MBA at the University of Kentucky where he developed a keen interest in M&A. Before joining UC, Charles interned with Brown-Forman’s Corporate Development team where he honed his presentation and analytical skills.

René Newsome

CFO and Director of Human Resources

René Newsome is the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources at Unbridled Capital. On top of implementing HR strategies and initiatives, she is also responsible for managing every aspect of the company’s finances.

Rene’ holds a BS in ACCOUNTING from the University of Kentucky and completed graduate studies at the University of South Florida. Rene’ is a Kentucky licensed CPA and brings almost 20 years of experience in accounting, financial analysis, tax preparation, and business consulting to the team. Prior to joining Unbridled, Rene’ worked as an auditor, gaining extensive accounting experience and later transitioning into HR management, serving as a Recruiting Manager.

Lyndie Pope

Lyndie Pope


Lyndie Pope Is the Controller at Unbridled Capital. She is responsible for managing Unbridled’s finances. Lyndie brings a varied background of management, financial services, and public accounting to the company. Lyndie is a Certified Public Accountant and has held licenses in all aspects of financial services. She is an owner of Pope & Company, PLLC which recently merged its tax services into the accounting firm of RFH, PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky. Lyndie has a BS degree from the University of Kentucky.

Lyndie loves spending time with all the families – children and grandchildren – that she and her husband Tom share. She enjoys golfing, exercising, reading, and spending time with friends in both Lexington, Kentucky and Venice, Florida.

Andrea Wcisel

Marketing Coordinator

Andrea Wcisel is a Marketing Coordinator at Unbridled Capital. Andrea manages the marketing efforts for the team including print, social, and other marketing endeavors. Andrea aspires to do her part in increasing the portfolio of Unbridled through these efforts.

Andrea holds a BA in communication from the University of Louisville, and comes to Unbridled Capital with experience in marketing, research, and account management. She is passionate about social media marketing, and its effect on organizational exposure. Prior to joining Unbridled, Andrea worked as an account manager for a leadership development organization, where she developed a passion for healthy company culture and its impact on the team, both professionally and personally.

Sterling Smallwood

Marketing Coordinator

Sterling Smallwood is a Marketing Coordinator at Unbridled Capital. Sterling shares in the marketing responsibilities with a focus on data extraction and analysis. She seeks to generate new leads for the team and enhance the communication efforts at Unbridled Capital.

Sterling studied business and finance at Western Kentucky University before she became an independent contractor for over a decade. She held licenses for life insurance, Series 6, and Series 63 to help families develop full comprehensive financial plans including insurance coverage, debt elimination, and investment strategies. Her experience as a contractor gave her a wealth of knowledge in sales, entrepreneurship, marketing, and personal finance education. Most recently, Sterling is the CFO of their family business concentrated on commercial real estate in the Louisville, KY area.

Tom Pope


Tom Pope is an Advisor 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 Review, The Tax Adviser, Taxes, 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.