Can Women be H.U.N.K.S? Check Out What Stephen Bienko Says

Posted Jul 23rd, 2014

College Hunks franchise owner shares his thoughts on female business leadership with NJBiz.com

College Hunks franchise owner Stephen Bienko would love to see more women leading businesses.

College Hunks franchise owner Stephen Bienko would love to see more women leading businesses.

When people start looking into the College Hunks franchise opportunity, one of the first things they often ask is, “What do you mean by hunk?” The answer: H.U.N.K.S. stands for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable Service, which is what our franchisees and their employees deliver to customers. Our professionalism sets us apart in the junk-hauling and moving industries and is one of the reasons we continue to expand our market share in the multi-billion dollar industries.

You don’t have to be a strapping young dude to fit the mold of College Hunks Hauling Junk. Case in point: College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise owner Stephen Bienko recently spoke with a reporter about how much he’d like to see more women business owners — whether they choose to start a College Hunks franchise or another business. We already have several female College Hunks Hauling Junk owners, and we’d love to partner with more.

Check out this excerpt from NJBiz.com’s “Breaking Glass” blog:

There are just some people that, when you speak with them, make you feel better about your day and encourage you to consider all the possibilities still lying ahead.

Stephen Bienko, to me, is definitely one of those people.

In a nutshell, Bienko is a wildly successful entrepreneur who heavily stresses the importance of community service and providing education to his employees.

For example, each morning at the Montville location of College Hunks Hauling Junk — which Bienko’s company 42 Holdings is the largest franchisee for — Bienko hosts a “roll call” for his employees, which consists of listening to and discussing world music, what happened that day in history, current events, personal achievements and challenges, and goals for the workday ahead.

Exactly the kind of managerial approach I’d expect a man interested in helping guide and empower not only his employees, but also women and minorities in business, to have. …

Here’s what Bienko — now a busy father of three kids under the age of 6 — had to say about women in business from a male perspective:

What advice would you give to a woman in college now?
“Women hold the most powerful roles in society; they are the rocks of our families and need to grow into the rocks of our businesses. A lot is asked of women — and this should be because they are most capable. We need them in families, but we also need them in businesses even more today. We need them in key roles of leadership and development. It is not easy to balance the two, but our country needs them.”

Do you think there are mistakes that women make at the workplace that men don’t?
“I think women work too hard and too much by nature. On a weekend or a Friday evening, I am three times more likely to get an email back from a female than a male. I never push back on the work ethic, but I sometimes want to say, ‘It’s okay. You don’t have to respond right now. Take a break. You deserve it.’ ”

Are you a H.U.N.K.?

If you love to lead and to mentor, and to provide great service and a fun working environment, then you’re already a H.U.N.K. in our book. College Hunks Hauling Junk has a collegial culture that is dedicated to learning and to lifting up employees by teaching them what they need to be successful. Our culture helps us hire and retain great employees, who help our franchisees run successful businesses.

The name “College Hunks” is fun, and it helps win conversations with customers. But our service and commitment to excellence are the reasons that our average franchise revenue rose 42% from 2011 to 2013, and why College Hunks Hauling Junk has become the fastest-growing junk-hauling franchise and moving franchise in America.

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