Meet the Team

What Makes Our Culture Special?

We are always striving to help College H.U.N.K.S.® franchise owners succeed. With a name like ours, it’s clear from the get-go that we’re a fun and friendly team. We realize that strong values and a strong culture lead to a strong business. College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® lives its core values every day by taking the time to listen to team members, share our knowledge and experiences, celebrate successes, educate and train, and have fun. Our contests and rewards make College H.U.N.K.S.® a fun place to work and help drives our values home.

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    Nick Friedman President & Co-Founder

    Nick started the business in college with his childhood best friend in a beat up cargo van. He has since been named among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by Inc. and was named on the same list as Mark Zuckerberg as one of the 30 Most Influential CEO’s Under 30. Nick is a two-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist. He has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks. He has also been featured in Forbes, Fortune, and many other national publications. Nick’s company has appeared every year on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing US Companies and Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®, and has appeared twice on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Nick is also a TV personality, having appeared as a guest on shows, including ABC’s Shark Tank, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, and CNBC’s Blue Collar Millionaires. Nick co-wrote a bestselling book entitled Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions. Nick is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Young Entrepreneurship Council.

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    Omar Soliman CEO & Co-Founder

    Omar Soliman is a published author, entrepreneur, and TV personality. Omar was named among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by Inc. and is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He has appeared as a frequent guest on FOX Business News, MSNBC, ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank, and AMC’s The Pitch. Omar co-authored his first book entitled Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions. The book has become a bestseller and is a must read for anyone looking to start a business.

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    Roman Cowan COO, MBA, CPA

    Roman started his career with College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® as the Corporate Financial Controller. He experienced tremendous success by driving greater 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, franchise owner needs, and overall financial health. Roman was promoted to VP of Finance and Operations and ultimately 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 focuses – franchise owner revenue, franchise owner profitability, and franchise owner satisfaction. Roman is a confident yet humble leader, with an empathetic style that allows him to genuinely connect with people. He appreciates the ‘A-Player’ team members we currently have onboard and is committed to their continued personal and professional development. He is also passionate about onboarding more ‘A-Players’ to the team, including all-star franchise owners as our company aims to live our purpose, which is to “Move the World.”

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    Kelsie Ackman Vice President of Franchise Development and General Counsel, JD, CFE

    Kelsie Ackman began her career at College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® in the fall of 2015 after spending three years in general litigation and transactional law in mid-size law firms in both Indiana and Florida. Kelsie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and also received an honorary Business degree in the Liberal Arts and Management Program with minors in Spanish and Psychology. She then attended Indiana University Maurer School of Law as part of their inaugural direct admit program, where she graduated with honors. She is planning on getting her Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Kelsie has built the in-house legal department at College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® in the time she been here. She has been an integral part of growth of the system and is extremely passionate about finding successful Franchise Partners who are a fit for our brand, both culturally and operationally.

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    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.

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    Dana Hansen Director of Franchise Development

    Dana is the Director of Franchise Development. Dana’s experience in Franchise Development is extensive with 15 years in the industry. He’s truly passionate about the College Hunks franchise opportunity and is actively looking to add “A Players” to the franchise family. Dana served in the United States Air Force and is a Gulf War veteran serving with an Aeromedical unit based at MacDill Air Force Base. The fact that several of the top operators in the College Hunks system are owned and operated by veterans is a sense of pride for Dana!

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    Stephanie Ruby Franchise Development Manager
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    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.

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    Toni Harvey Sales Coordinator
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    Tim Heidemann Director of the Sales Loyalty Center

    Tim Heidemann is the Director of our Sales and Loyalty Center. Prior to joining the team, Tim worked for more than 30 years as a call center director at storage container Portable Storage Franchise, and for 26 years as Call Center Director at AT&T. Since joining the team, Tim has drastically overhauled the company’s national Sales and Loyalty Center, using his wealth of call center experience to increase efficiency while at the same time giving our Client Loyalty associates more freedom to be themselves on the phones and connect with clients in a real way to convert more sales for our franchise owners.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Onix Valentin Accounting Manager

    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 recently promoted to Accounting Manager where he has the pleasure to lead the Corporate Accounting Team. 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.

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    Matt Knapp IT Systems Manager

    Matt started with us in 2013 and has scaled the brand as a cutting-edge technology leader by revolutionizing its technology offerings, including the launch of the brand’s first mobile app and proprietary client relationship management platform. Matt holds his Bachelors of Science from the University of South Florida and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Computer Science. He leads the continued development of technology solutions that will give College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® a competitive advantage over the competition and continue to help the company succeed in the moving and junk removal industry.

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    Drew Logue IT Support Manager

    Drew joined the College HUNKS team in January of 2018 as the IT Support Manager. He brings over 20 years of senior Systems Engineer / Systems Architect experience after working 13 years at Tech Data Corporation, two years at St. Petersburg Police Department, and 8 years at storage container Enterprises. Drew is a native Floridian who was raised in and still lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Drew has a BA in Computer Science from Asbury University in Kentucky and he and his wife are recent empty-nesters with two children who are also married. Drew enjoys movies, music and loves playing the guitar.

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    Joe Bourdow Advisory Board Chair

    Mr. Bourdow is a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive with over 40 years of experience in franchising, advertising sales, and broadcasting. This includes 35 years in franchise ownership and franchisor leadership positions with Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. Prior to retiring from Valpak in 2010, Joe led Cox Enterprises subsidiary Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. as President through 14 years of record growth, helping to drive system-wide revenues to well over $400 million in print and digital advertising sales and to a position as one of America’s most admired franchise systems. Joe and his management team successfully oversaw the construction of a $240 million robotic 500,000 square-foot print manufacturing facility in St. Petersburg, Florida that now serves the entire Valpak system and is considered the most advanced short-run print- and mail-handling facility in the world. Joe was also a multi-unit Valpak franchise owner as well as an early developer of multiple Fastsigns retail sign shop franchises. Joe and other franchise leaders formed Premier Franchise Advisors, a company that has also worked with several other national brands. He started with College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving® as a Board Member in 2009.

Hiring Future Leaders

We aren’t hiring junk haulers, we’re hiring future leaders. Our guys and girls start out as crew members and have a clear path to advance in the business, becoming a wingman for a team captain, then a team captain, then becoming a crew member (at which point they also receive a letter of recommendation attesting to their skills managing a team and handling business functions).

Our goal is to provide a launch platform for hard-working employees, encouraging them to become managers in your business, join the team at corporate HQ in Tampa, take what they have learned, and launch a College H.U.N.K.S.® franchise elsewhere, or use the business knowledge they’ve gained to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams.

Contact us at (878) 205-2146 to learn more about our team
and what makes the College H.U.N.K.S.® culture so special