Omar Soliman and Nick Friedman with Entrepreneur of the Year
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College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving Founders Named 2023 Entrepreneurs of the Year

December 18, 2023

Recognized by the International Franchise Association for their entrepreneurial vision and helping advance the franchise sector.

The International Franchise Association (IFA) named Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman, co-founders and visionaries of College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving, the 2023 Entrepreneurs of the Year. One of the highest honors bestowed by IFA, Friedman and Soliman are recognized for their vision that started with one beat-up van to become to the largest and fastest-growing junk removal and moving franchise in North America.

"Nick and Omar took an idea from a side gig one summer in college and developed it into an instantly recognizable world-class, iconic brand, enabling hundreds of people to go into business for themselves but not by themselves as part of College H.U.N.K.S.,” said IFA President and CEO Matthew Haller. “They have persevered through economic downturns and housing recessions and are an example for aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere considering scaling through franchising. Nick and Omar personify the power of franchising, and their impact is felt not only by the lives they touch during moves and clutter removal, but for everyone out there with a dream and a commitment to resilience and perseverance.”

Starting from humble beginnings in college with a single beat-up cargo van in 2003, Nick and Omar conceptualized and began College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving. Winning a $10,000 entrepreneurship prize through the University of Miami, they carried out their vision to build a world-class fully branded and systemized operation for serving clients using a centralized call center to boost efficiency, allowing franchisees to handle more jobs more quickly, resulting in more profits for franchisees. They laid out a plan for company culture and client experience to ensure repeat and referral business. They have enjoyed much media success, including appearing on the first episode of ABC’s Shark Tank, and more recently on CBS’s Undercover Boss. Their business has grown exponentially into a franchising powerhouse, becoming the largest and fastest-growing junk removal, and moving franchise in North America. With an annual turnover of $300 million and over 250 franchises, their accomplishments are a testament to their purpose-driven, values-based, socially conscious, and results-obsessed leadership.

Outside of their business acumen, they both prioritize giving back to the communities they serve, donating 2 meals for every completed job (surpassing 4 million meals donated), providing free moves for survivors of domestic violence, and promoting entrepreneurship among the next generation of leaders.

“This is a tremendous milestone and opportunity for our brand, and is a testament to our amazing team members, franchise owners, and loyal clients. We remember attending the IFA events early in our career and seeing the franchise hall-of-famers grace the stage, and it is a surreal experience to think our brand is being considered in the same category,” said Nick Friedman, Co-Founder of College HUNKS. “Our purpose is to Move the World, which means making a positive impact in the lives we touch. Hopefully this can be an inspiration to all aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs and franchisors as well.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award, to be given at IFA’s 64th Annual Convention, is given to a founder or franchising executive who has successfully built or grown a business in the franchise sector – exemplifying the “entrepreneurial spirit” that franchising represents. The honoree demonstrates a willingness to undertake the risk associated with developing and growing a new franchise business, not only building a successful business but also helping shape the future of franchising and inspiring other entrepreneurs in their endeavors.