About Us

Rick McCullough

Rick McCullough currently serves as CEO of Summit Franchise Consulting (Summit), a firm specializing on assistant for individuals considering business ownership as part of a wealth creation strategy. Rick spent almost 40 years in business as a consultant, investment banker, corporate executive, board chairman and owner. He has led teams creating more than a Billion of savings/value for his clients and shareholders. He now hopes to capitalize on this extensive experience of business success to give back to clients of his new business, Summit Franchise Consulting. 

Through focused educational advice on the many franchise options available today, Rick hopes to help people explore the transformational value of ownership in a growing business. It’s not easy and deciding whether to start or buy a business requires a great deal of education, help with the evaluation of options, and counseling around business, legal and tax considerations, but the rewards can be life changing for people and their families.

Among his noteworthy accomplishments, the most relevant experience for preparing him for his new duties at Summit are:
  • Active owner of a successful franchise business
  • Award winning CEO of public company that grew its stock price 5-fold in 2 years
  • Selected CEO of the Year for all small cap companies
  • Served 8 years as auditor and consultant in one of the Big 4 accounting firm
  • Extensive experience in preparing public financial/disclosure documents
  • Started and ran a successful investment banking practice winning Deal of the Year nomination
Rick graduated with Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. He completed executive level training at the University of North Carolina, previously held CPA and Securities licenses and was CEO/Board Chairman on two public company boards.

Ashley Stark

I was born into a very business-minded household with my father being a Financial Executive (and ever the entrepreneur!) and my mother as CEO of our family, as a stay-home Mom, after my brother and I started school. I am also married to a commercial real estate banker, so I learned early about the importance of hard work, dedication, and a strong sense of ethics, and those lessons have helped shape my professional career as well as my personal life.

Before having children, I worked in Property Management, first in Atlanta Georgia, where I began as an Assistant Property Manager and co-managed a 500,000 square foot office building with over 50 tenants. After we moved to Denver, I managed a 600,000 square foot class-A office building in downtown Denver. I oversaw office leases, tenant relations, building maintenance, accounts receivable, and reporting property financials. I have also assisted my parents in their own franchise, Clean Juice, an organic juice bar, and I have had a front row seat to all its advantages over independent business ownership. I have seen first-hand the benefits of having a support system and the camaraderie you receive from the Franchisor.

Following in my mother's footsteps, I decided to be a stay-home Mom to my two boys, Wyatt (age 10) and Sawyer (age 6) for the past 10 years. I believe that nothing is more important than being physically present for my family, and running a household is not too different from running a small business.
Now in my early 40s, with my youngest child in school full-time, I understand more than ever the importance of having a flexible, yet lucrative career, and I recognize how rewarding it can be to own your own business. With more free time on my hands, I can now dedicate myself to helping my father and others fulfill their dreams of business ownership.
I look forward to helping our clients find the right balance between their work life and personal life. Business ownership can be very rewarding and I can’t wait to help people navigate the advantages of owning their very own franchise!

Our Niche

Team with business coaches, financial advisors, and executives who have clients/family who want to explore whether ownership of a franchise business could be a strategic first step in creating or perpetuating family wealth.

Helping business savvy individuals take calculated risks in entrepreneurship by matching them with compatible, proven franchise businesses that will start them along the way on their strategic journey towards family wealth.

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