College Hunks franchise co-founders introduce the brand to millions on CNBC
If you haven’t had a chance to see College Hunks’ turn on the CNBC show “Blue Collar Millionaire,” we’ve got a treat for you: a chance to watch a bit of the segment that re-introduced our junk removal and moving franchise to a national audience.
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving has a fun, catchy brand and a great success story that has made us catnip for national TV shows. We’ve also been featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” HGTV’s “House Hunters,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” AMC’s “The Pitch” and numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Inc. and The Huffington Post. The estimated value of this publicity has been more than $30 million, which has helped us build huge brand awareness — even in areas where we don’t yet operate.
Here’s a snippet of the episode that aired in July 2015. The episode, “Trash to Cash,” highlighted how we took one of the oldest and least glamorous professions in the world — junk removal — and turned it into a smart, scalable operation that is attracting franchisees nationwide.
It’s amazing what professionalism, teamwork and positive energy can accomplish
College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving was started in the summer of 2003 by Omar Soliman and Nick Friedman, who were looking to make a little money during the summer. They actually made quite a bit by the standards of 21-year-old college kids — more than $8,000 armed with nothing more than a beat-up cargo van, moxie and a catchy name. The friends realized they had found a potentially strong business in hauling away people’s unwanted junk.
Omar then added a layer of professionalism to the operation: What if we approached this industry as professionals and built a brand that could scale and offer much better service to customers, and much smarter marketing and services to franchisees? He developed a business plan that won an award from the University of Miami.
Now, College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving is a nationwide brand that continues to open locations at a quick pace, and in which average same-unit sales have shown strong and sustained growth.
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