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Meet The College HUNKS Team

The Brains Behind Our Moving & Junk Removal Services

College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving® has built a highly successful corporate team featuring a roster of many talented individuals with diverse backgrounds. In order to be successful, it’s important to have a strong foundation. We are proud that our team has extensive experience in various industries and has brought them all to their roles at College HUNKS. Together, we have built a successful company that is dedicated to delivering amazing customer service and a commitment to our environment.

  • Omar Soliman

    Co-Founder & Visionary

    Omar Soliman is the Co-Founder and Visionary of College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving®. As a business management major, Omar attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. During his senior year, he enrolled in the school’s entrepreneurship class and submitted his business plan for College H.U.N.K.S. to the Leigh Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition. Omar won first place and $10,000 in the competition for his business concept, which included junk removal, moving labor services, and an online junk exchange. Omar has been named Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by INC Magazine, Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 by Bisnow.com, and was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist as well as a finalist for Tampa Bay CEO of the Year. He has appeared as a guest on FOX Business News, MSNBC, ABC’s Shark Tank, and Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker. Omar has been a guest speaker at numerous high schools, colleges, and business organizations across the country. His goal is to motivate and excite the younger generation about entrepreneurship so that they too can carve their own fun and exciting path through life, just as he continues to do each and every day with College HUNKS. Omar also plans to continue serving as a board member for a number of tech and service-based companies, including RoofRX.

  • Nick Friedman

    Co-Founder & Visionary

    Nick Friedman is the Co-Founder and Visionary of College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving®, the largest and fastest growing junk removal and moving franchise opportunity in North America. Nick started the business in college with his childhood best friend, and now business partner, Omar Soliman, in a beat up cargo van and has grown to over 130 franchises nationwide. He has since been named among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by INC Magazine and was named on the same list as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, as one of the 30 most influential CEOs Under 30 by Under30CEO.com. Nick is also a two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist. In addition, Nick has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks, as well as Forbes, Fortune, and many other national publications. He was also featured in a Newsweek story entitled “College Kid to Millionaire,” along with the founders of FedEx, Dell Computers, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Nick also was a guest at the White House appearing with MTV on a panel about youth entrepreneurship. Nick’s company has appeared every year on the INC 5000 list of Fastest Growing US Companies, has been profiled numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, and has appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Nick has appeared as a guest on National Television Reality shows, including ABC’s Shark Tank, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, and CNBC’s Blue Collar Millionaires. As an author, Nick co-wrote a bestselling book along with his business partner, Omar Soliman, entitled “Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions” (Random House, 2010), which aims to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs with his fun and entertaining approach to business. Nick is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), which is a global peer network with more than 22,000 members in more than 125 countries, all dedicated to becoming better leaders through education and idea exchange. The YPO companies employ more than 15 million people around the world and generate $6 trillion in annual revenues. Nick is also an active board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneurship Council, and is a founding investor in the Gen-Y Capital Partners, which seeks to invest in young start-ups. In college, Nick received his Bachelor's Degree in economics from Pomona College in California where he competed for four years on the Men’s Varsity Basketball Team and won the Pomona College Coach’s Award, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Academic Honor Roll, and was designated a Pomona College Scholar. Since graduating from Pomona College, he has also completed a 3-year Entrepreneurial Master's Program at MIT. Nick has been a guest speaker at numerous high schools, universities, businesses, and entrepreneurship groups, including INC Magazine’s Leadership and GrowCo Conferences, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, the Business Innovation and Growth Conference, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Nick is also fluent in Spanish and spent a college semester studying economics in Madrid, Spain. He continues to be active in the community, volunteering his time as a basketball coach and mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs. Nick Friedman is available for select keynote and lecture speaking engagements. • Check out Effortless Entrepreneur at www.EffortlessEntrepreneur.com • Learn more about College Hunks Franchises at https://CollegeHunksFranchise.com

  • Roman Cowan

    Brand President

    Roman started his career with College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving® as the corporate Financial Controller. He experienced tremendous success transforming our finance team into the force it is today, through driving greater focus on understandability and transparency of our financials and metrics. He has taken on other roles in the company during his tenure, heading up several departments along the way while being instrumental in holding the leadership team accountable to our business plan, Franchisee needs, and our overall financial health. Roman was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, where he is tasked with continued execution of the business plan and expanding financial accountability to the entire corporate team. His accountabilities include ensuring the health of the corporate team (financial, operational, emotional), and executing on our core focus, which is franchisee satisfaction.

  • Kelsie Ackman

    Vice President of Franchise Development

    Kelsie Ackman is the Legal and Compliance Manager for College H.U.N.K.S.®. She began her career at in the fall of 2015 after retiring from stuffy law firms. Kelsie is a true Hoosier, as she was born and raised in Indiana and moved to Florida only after attending Indiana University for four years and Indiana University School of Law for another three years. She is planning on getting her MBA from, guess where—Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

  • Dana Hansen

    Director of Franchise Development

    Dana is a USAF Desert Storm Veteran who has owned and operated 2 very successful businesses. He also has 15 years of franchise experience as a franchise consultant and working with other franchisors. As the Director of Franchise Development, my job is to attract and introduce A-Players (potential owners who have a history of success) to a world-class franchise opportunity with College HUNKS, and deliver a stress-free experience to individuals who want to be in business for themselves but not by themselves!

  • Mary Mills

    Vice President of Marketing

    Mary Mills brings a wide range of Marketing expertise and entrepreneur understanding to her role as Vice President of Marketing at College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving. In her role as Vice President of Marketing at College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, she is responsible for developing comprehensive impactful programs that drive growth & revenues. Her focus is on driving leads to each franchise location while providing training, ongoing strategy and improved implementation across all channels. Previously, at United Franchise Group, she was responsible for the marketing programs of existing brands such as Signarama, Transworld & Fully Promoted and was responsible for launching new brands such as VentureX & Jon Smith Subs. Before that, Mary experienced life as an entrepreneur herself, owning her own Marketing Company. Prior to that, she was a Broadcast Journalist serving as a reporter, producer, anchor and news executive. Mary's expertise has been recognized in the franchise industry and in the broader business community where she received awards, accolades, and invitations to speak and share her knowledge

  • Matt Knapp

    Director of Product Development

    As Director of Product Development I provide strategic guidance for the organization and the advancement of all IT systems. I vehemently study the customer journey and look for out of the box ways to improve our customer experience. As a senior leader of the organization I meet regularly with our leadership team to provide context and insight into IT-related projects. Additionally, I lead our 2 IT teams, support and development. Our support team helps our franchise partners and users when they have questions about our software. They also handle the networking, infrastructure and hosting for all of our platforms and building systems. Our development team handles customization of our platforms including API's, our web-based scheduling platform and our proprietary mobile app.

    Starting out as an intern at College HUNKS, I quickly noticed that our off-the-shelf scheduling platform had lots of opportunity for advancement. As the first IT hire at College HUNKS, I knew that I had the ability to make a huge impact by bringing our IT systems into the 21st century. I began working nights and weekends on a complete replacement of our off-the-shelf platform and in September of 2015, we launched the application that I designed and developed. This overhaul gave our team mobile-friendly platforms and brought the control of our scheduling in house. Since then, our IT team has grown 8x from 2015 and I have the opportunity to come up with ideas to advance our systems even further.

    In 2019, I was fortunate enough to be recognized as a 2019 CIO of the Year honoree by the Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • Laura Butcaris

    Vice President of National Accounts & Strategic Alliances

    Laura Butcaris is an energetic leader with franchise and management experience in luxury fitness and wellness, specifically working with the opening of new locations. She has a proven track record of driving sales teams and overachieving revenue targets through inspiration and creative leadership. Laura joined our team in 2016 as a Franchise Business Coach – Ramp Up Specialist. She was responsible for enhancing the level and type of support provided to new franchise partners in the first six months to one year of operation. Under her direct support, our new franchise locations’ “ramp-up” revenue increased by an average of 300% over previous years. Laura is now the Director of Franchise Performance, leading a team of coaches who work directly to increase franchise partner revenue, profits, and satisfaction. Prior to Franchising, Laura created all of the operational protocols for the grand opening of Kinetic Sports Club in Pelham Manor, NY, and the NYC-based Mercedes Club’s 90,000 square-foot fitness and recreation facility, including the day spa, luxury fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and lifestyle amenity center. She also developed the clubs’ P&L and operational budgets and worked directly with ownership to develop the club’s strategic plan, membership pricing, personal training and spa menus, and employee compensation plans. Previously, Laura was the General Manager of the Derek Jeter Ultra Sport at 24 Hour Fitness, where she was responsible for the successful attainment of club targets (i.e.., member service, cleanliness, revenue, and retention). She also organized events with the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter’s personal team for club members and staff. Laura was also the director of multi-club operations for Club H fitness in New York and New Jersey, and the general manager of Equinox Fitness Clubs in New York.

  • Travis Mellish

    Legal and Human Resources Senior Manager

    Travis Mellish is the Legal and Human Resources Senior Manager for College Hunks. Prior to joining College Hunks, Travis worked for the State of Florida for over 4 years as an Assistant State Attorney. Travis was born and raised in St. Pete, Florida, where he currently lives. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. In his free time, he enjoys boating, hiking, playing soccer, and paddle boarding on Tampa Bay with his 3 dogs.

  • Ivan DelPeral

    CHC Services Accounting Manager

    Ivan joined College Hunks during the summer of 2017 as a remote CHC Services Bookkeeper in Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria expedited his move to the Tampa area during the fall of 2017, Ivan experienced the unique company culture and work environment at Brand Central and started to truly settle into his role. An opportunity came up at the start of 2018 whereby Ivan was promoted to Senior Accountant and was put in charge of CHC Services. His main focus and accountabilities are driven by three main areas: Franchise Partners Revenues, Franchise Partners Profits and Franchise Partner Satisfaction. When not crunching numbers, meeting deadlines or helping CHC clients scale their business Ivan enjoys the Dad life and anything baseball related.

  • Onix Figueroa Valentin

    Controller

    Onix’s journey with College Hunks started on June 2015 as a Bookkeeper. With the growth that the company experienced, the opportunity presented itself to Onix where he was advanced to Staff Accountant, later on to Senior Accountant, and then promoted to Accounting Manager where he has the pleasure to lead the Corporate Accounting Team. In 2019, Onix was promoted to Controller. Onix came to the United States from Puerto Rico in 2015. Prior to College Hunks, he worked in the Restaurant and Hospital Industry as an Accountant and was also working as a full time High School Math and Science Teacher. Luckily, he was able to find a company with values that are beyond imaginable and being an employee here you can live them from the first day of work. Outside of his College Hunks life, he loves to spend time with his family and playing guitar for his Church.

  • Amy Petersen-Smith

    Director of Franchise Performance

    From a young age growing up in the Midwest, Amy’s family instilled a strong work ethic but that caring, respecting, and giving back was just the natural way of life. She started this mission early in life as a first grader, volunteering with her grandpa at the church.

    She later went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and has spent the last 25 years in executive management for various human resource companies; including over 20 of these years in franchise operations.

    Amy and her husband own a Senior Helpers franchise, so she brings a nice blend of business ownership and franchise management as the Director of Franchise Performance. She understands what it takes to run a small business and uses this personal experience to help lead her team in supporting our franchise partners.

    In her free time, Amy enjoys running, swimming, biking, taking her dogs Brutus and Scarlet to the beach, watching college football (especially her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes), and cooking for friends and family.

  • Carol Toffolon

    Franchise Development Manager

    Carol Toffolon is the Franchise Development Manager for College HUNKS. She has always been passionate about helping others which is why our mission to Move the World really resonates with her. Her role of educating and guiding potential franchise candidates through the sales process fulfills this passion perfectly. In her spare time, Carol enjoys all things outdoors with her 16 year old labradoodle Bentley.

  • Heather Soldinger

    Franchise Development Coordinator

    Heather Soldinger is our Franchise Development Coordinator. Heather started her journey with College HUNKS in January of 2019 as our Recruiting Specialist. She came to College HUNKS with a background in Call Center recruiting/management and Customer Service. Since joining the team, she has helped out in multiple areas such as helping to run our company’s culture committee (Hunk Hype Squad) and also helped out as our Office Manager. At the end of 2020, she joined our Franchise Development team, and saw it as an opportunity to grow with the company and expand her skills and knowledge. In her free time, Heather enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling, doing anything outdoors and staying active.