Omar Soliman CEO & Co-Founder
Omar Soliman is the CEO and Co-Founder of College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving. As a business management major, Omar attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. 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 will continue to be 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 H.U.N.K.S.®. Omar also plans to continue serving as a board member for a number of tech and service-based companies, including RoofRX.
Nick Friedman President & Co-Founder
Nick Friedman is the President and Co-Founder of College H.U.N.K.S.®, 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 100 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 Bachelors 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 Masters 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 • Follow Nick on Twitter: @NickFriedman1 • Connect with Nick on LinkedIn: www. LinkedIn.com/in/CollegeHunksHaulingJunk
Roman Cowan VP of Finance & Operations
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 VP of Finance and Operations, 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 Hansen is the Director of Franchise Development. He’s spent 15 years in the franchising industry both in management development and as a franchise consultant. Dana has been integral in developing and launching four franchise models and he and his teams are directly responsible for well over 800 franchised locations over the years. Prior to franchising, Dana served in the U.S. Air Force, spending time in the US and the Middle East. He’s also been a successful entrepreneur with two businesses of his own. Dana’s stress-free approach is centered on building long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with future franchise owners and his development team.
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 driviegrowth & 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 a entrepreneur herself, owning her own Marketing Company. Prior to that, she was a Broadcast Journalist serving as a reporter, producer, anchor and news executive. Her 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
Doug O’Dowd Chief Financial Officer
Doug joined College H.U.N.K.S.® as their CFO in 2018. Doug spent the past 20 years leading various companies in their treasury, finance, and accounting functions, leading his last two companies to successfully merge or sell to strategic partners. Doug received both his undergraduate and Masters Degree from the University of Florida. Doug strives to build leaders through an “Open Door” policy, allowing continual communication within his teams and throughout the organization. He is excited about the opportunity to work with a company that not only has core values but actually LIVES them. When not in the office, Doug enjoys traveling, good wine and beer, and reading non-fiction.
Laura Butcaris Director of Franchise Performance
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.
Matt Knapp IT Manager
Matt Knapp has been the IT Manager for over five years. His goal is to drive efficiency through technology. On a daily basis, Matt oversees the CHHJ Software team, providing enhancements and updates to internal software programs. When Matt isn't in the office, you can find him exploring the beautiful scenery in Downtown Tampa.
Tim Heidemann Director of Sales Loyalty Center
Tim has been with College H.U.N.K.S. for over five years. It’s been a lot of fun as well as challenging opportunity to leverage his experience from previous corporate jobs here at CHHJ to build a robust Contact Center at College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving He is most proud of the fact that he's been able to maintain the College H.U.N.K.S. culture while rapidly growing the Contact Center from less than 20 agents to over 100! He is a dog lover, an avid reader, and a history buff.