South Boston’s Dan Tereshko Wins College Hunks Hauling Junk ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award

Hard work and an ‘amazing’ staff let this franchise owner post outstanding first-year numbers and haul home some hardware

When he opened his College Hunks Hauling Junk moving and junk removal franchise in February 2014, Dan Tereshko didn’t see himself on a stage accepting praise a year later. He was just hoping to get a good team assembled and bring in some jobs. Happily, he did just that and much, much more.

Strong performance from the outset

Dan and his fellow nominees qualified for the Rookie of the Year category by being open between six and 18 months and meeting a revenue goal during the first six months of operation. These new franchise owners also embody the College Hunks Hauling Junk spirit and values in every way, says Nick Friedman, President and CEO.

“All of our franchise owners work hard to create that ‘wow’ factor for our clients, but with all the things that are going on around getting the business open, we are amazed at how well these new owners did when it came to bringing in business, providing great service, and creating positive buzz for College Hunks Hauling Junk within their communities. Dan is a prime example of everything being done right from day one.”

Building on success is essential

The 2015 College Hunks Hauling Junk Reunion was a far cry from the 2014 version for Dan, who had just opened days before. That first event was a blur, but this time around he was not only picking up awards, he was sharing his experience with newer owners who admired his success.

“We really ground it out and looked every day for different ways to make our clients happy,” Dan says. “We worked some really long days, because we never wanted to say no to a job, but in doing that we found out what our true capacity was. We learned not to overdo it, but to make sure that everything was being done right.”

He also preached the virtue of knowing every angle of a junk removal and moving franchise, and not adding on services too quickly in the early days.

“We worked to get the junk removal part running like a well-oiled machine, and that was good because when we got into moving there was a lot more going on,” Dan recalls. “But along the way, we worked with corporate and got advice and training on managing and controlling our own chaos, and now we’re very much where we want to be. We’re focusing on our core values and providing great service to our community.”

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