Austin TX 78746
Rick grew up in Arlington, TX and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin. While he was still in college, he began working with local business owners on Business Strategy and Business Development, building on that experience over the next two decades in varying roles in the broadcast television industry, as well as at his own company, Mills Media 360.
At Benchmark International, Mr. Mills’ role as a Director is to assist business owners, advisors, and board members about the opportunities that exist in going to market. He has spent more than 20 years focusing on business strategy and business development, working with companies of all sizes.
Business Development, Business Strategy, Corporate Development, Branding, Business Planning, Market Strategy, Business Analysis, Business Intelligence, Market Strategy, Financial Analysis, Corporate Branding, Strategic Planning, Corporate Communications
Rick has worked with businesses large and small, from single-owner businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Additionally, he started his own media agency from the ground up and it continues to flourish as a family-run business today. In starting and growing his own business, he understands firsthand the initiative and resilience it takes to be a business owner and loves helping other business owners strategically grow their own business or maximize value in an exit. He joined the Benchmark International team because he wanted to work directly with business owners to help them find partners to strategically grow or to assist in helping their dreams come true in exiting their business.
University of Texas at Austin - Corporate Communications/Business
With a strong passion to help others succeed in business, Rick didn’t know much about working in Business Strategy when he started at the young age of 19, but he proved to be a natural. In just a few months after implementing his first clients’ campaign, he received a call from the 58-year old owner telling him that because of his advice, he was going to be able to take his family on a tropical vacation that they previously could not afford. Having such a profound impact on a business and the owner’s family was all that he needed to know about what he wanted to do for a career.