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Meet the College HUNKS® Team

We are always striving to help College HUNKS® 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 HUNKS 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 HUNKS® a fun place to work and help drives our values home.

  • Staff Photo - Omar Soliman
    Omar Soliman Co-Founder & Visionary

    Omar Soliman is the CEO and Co-Founder of College HUNKS 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 HUNKS® 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, 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 HUNKS®. Omar also plans to continue serving as a board member for a number of tech and service-based companies, including RoofRX.

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    Nick Friedman Co-Founder & Visionary

    Nick Friedman is the President and Co-Founder of College HUNKS®, 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 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 • Learn more about College Hunks Franchises at • Follow Nick on Twitter: @NickFriedman1 • Connect with Nick on LinkedIn: www.

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    Roman Cowan Brand President

    Roman started his career with College HUNKS 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.

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    Kelsie Ackman Vice President of Franchise Development

    Kelsie Ackman is the Vice President of Franchise Development for College HUNKS®. 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.

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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 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 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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    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. As 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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    Matt Knapp Director of Product Development

    Matt Knapp has been a part of the College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving Software team for over five years and is currently our Director of Product Development. His goal is to drive efficiency through technology. On a daily basis, Matt oversees the College HUNKS 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.

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    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.

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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.

  • Staff Photo - Ivan DelPeral
    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.

  • Staff Photo - Onix Valentin
    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.

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 HUNKS® 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 HUNKS® culture so special