College Hunks Moving Franchise: Meet the Team
Enthusiastic, high-achieving leadership team helps College Hunks franchise owners succeed
CEO and Co-Founder
Omar Soliman is the CEO and Co-Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving. As a business management major, Omar attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. His senior year, he enrolled in the school’s entrepreneurship class and submitted his business plan for College Hunks Hauling Junk to the Leigh Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition. Omar won first place and $10,000 in the competition for the College Hunks Hauling Junk business concept, which included junk removal, moving labor services and an online junk exchange. Since then Omar has been named Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by “Inc.” magazine, Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 by Bisnow.com and was an Ernst & 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. He is also a frequent guest speaker whose 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.
President and Co-Founder
Nick Friedman is the President and Co-Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Pomona College in California where he competed for four years on the basketball team, won the Pomona College Coach’s Award, was named to the NABC Academic Honor Roll and was designated a Pomona College Scholar. He has been named to the Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by “Inc.” magazine, the 30 Most Influential CEOs Under 30 by Under30CEO.com, the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 by Bisnow.com, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist. He has been featured on networks such as CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox News, MSNBC and TV shows such as ABC’s Shark Tank, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Nick has also been interviewed by Entrepreneur magazine, Fortune magazine and The Wall Street Journal for his expertise on franchising, branding and young entrepreneurship. He also co-authored the best-selling book, Effortless Entrepreneur, with CEO and Co-Founder, Omar Soliman.
Director of Franchise Support
Steven Nickels is the Director of Franchise Support for College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving. He has a B.S. in business management with a focus in entrepreneurship from the University of Central Florida. Steven has worked with several startup companies, offering consultations about the business planning, funding and implementation processes. In addition, Steven’s roles with previous companies have developed his skills in the areas of operational efficiency, sales management and strategic marketing. Since joining the College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving corporate team in April 2008 as the Director of Franchise Support, Steven has worked to build a world-class team that will support all franchisees in terms of daily operations, training tools and strategic direction in order to maximize franchisee profitability and fulfillment. Steven also owns his own fast-growing College Hunks franchise in Long Island.
Director of the Client Loyalty Center
Tim Heidemann is the Director of the Client Loyalty Center for College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving. Prior to joining the College Hunks team, Tim worked for more than 30 years as a call center director, 26 of which were spent at AT&T. Since joining the College Hunks 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.
Franchise Business Consultant
Justin Waltz is the Franchise Business Consultant for College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving. He brings over 12 years of experience with leadership, management, small business ownership, franchising, HR, marketing and P&L analysis. Prior to joining the College Hunks team, Justin spent five years in the junk-removal industry for an outside, national system, working his way up from truck team member to lead generator to operations manager and, ultimately, general manager. He grew his franchise location from $200,000 to $1.2 million amid the recession. From there, he spent another three years within the junk-removal industry, doubling revenue year over year over year. Justin’s passion is hands-on coaching, and he works with franchise partners to drive their profitability.
Roman Cowan is the Financial Controller for College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving. He began his career at College Hunks in December of 2013, bringing with him both an MBA and also a Masters of Science in Accounting, and is currently pursuing his CPA credentials. As a member of College Hunks’ corporate team, Roman is responsible for financial reporting, forecasting and decision-making. Since joining the College Hunks team, Roman has revolutionized the company’s payroll administration and financial reporting, implementing new systems to allow for improved goal-setting and decision-making. Going forward, Roman plans to continue helping the company to transition during its ongoing rapid-growth phase. He looks forward to acting as a liaison for the brand’s franchisees while also overseeing the franchisor’s accounting and finances, helping the company from a reporting and standards standpoint to become the $100M company that he and his colleagues envision.
Jason Killough is the Director of Franchise Development for College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving. Prior to joining the College Hunks team, he was VP of Franchise Development for HomeVestors of America Inc., the “We Buy Ugly Houses” real estate investment franchise. Prior to HomeVestors, he sold and supported franchises both domestically and internationally for I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt, Jani-King, ASI Sign Systems, Pizza Inn and 24seven Vending. He has awarded hundreds of individual and master franchises in the USA and internationally for these concepts and has conducted business in 20 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.