Meet the College Hunks Leadership Team

Enthusiastic, high-achieving leadership team helps College Hunks franchise owners succeed

President and co-founder Nick FriedmanNick Friedman
President and Co-Founder

Nick started the business in college with his childhood best friend 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 as one of the 30 Most Influential CEO’s Under 30. Nick is a two-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist. He has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks, as well as Forbes, Fortune and many other national publications. Nick’s company has appeared every year on the INC 5000 list of Fastest Growing US Companies and Entrepreneur 500 List of Top Franchises, and has appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Nick is also a TV personality, having appeared as a guest on shows, including ABC’s Shark Tank, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, and CNBC’s BlueCollar Millionaires. As an author, Nick co-wrote a bestselling book entitled Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions. Nick is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Young Entrepreneurship Council.

CEO and co-founder Omar SolimanOmar Soliman
CEO and Co-Founder

Omar Soliman is a published author, entrepreneur and TV personality. Omar was named ‘Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30’ by INC magazine and is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He has appeared as a frequent guest on FOX Business News, MSNBC and has also appeared on ABC’s hit TV show Shark Tank as well as AMC’s The Pitch. Omar co-authored his first book entitled Effortless Entrepreneur. The book has become a bestseller and is a must read for anyone looking to start a business.

COO, MBA, CPA Roman CowanRoman Cowan
COO, MBA, CPA

Roman started his career with College H.U.N.K.S. as the corporate Financial Controller. He experienced tremendous success by driving greater 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 VP of Finance and Operations and ultimately 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 revenue, Franchisee profitability, and Franchisee satisfaction.

Roman is a confident yet humble leader, with an empathetic style that allows him to genuinely connect with people. He appreciates the ‘A-Player’ team members we currently have onboard and is committed to their continued personal and professional development. He is also passionate about onboarding more ‘A-Players’ to the team, including All-Star Franchise Owners as College H.U.N.K.S. aims to live our purpose, which is to “Move the World”.

Advisory Board Chair Joe BourdowJoe Bourdow
Advisory Board Chair

Mr. Bourdow is a successful entrepreneur and corporate executive with over forty years of experience in franchising, advertising sales and broadcasting including thirty-five years in franchise ownership and franchisor leadership positions with Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. Prior to retiring from Valpak in 2010, Joe led Cox Enterprises subsidiary Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. as President through fourteen years of record growth helping to drive system-wide revenues to well over $400 million in print and digital advertising sales and to a position as one of America’s most admired franchise systems. Joe and his management team successfully oversaw the construction of a $240 million robotic half million square foot print manufacturing facility in St. Petersburg, Florida that now serves the entire Valpak system and is considered the most advanced short run print and mail handling facility in the world. Joe was also a multi-unit Valpak franchisee as well as an early developer of multiple Fastsigns retail sign shop franchises.

Joe and other franchise leaders formed Premier Franchise Advisors and has worked with several other national brands, and started with College H.U.N.K.S. as a Board Member in 2009. Joe has completed two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Franchise Association, is past Chair of the IFA Diversity Institute and was a member of IFA Education Foundation Executive Committee. Joe served as Vice Chair of the Franchise Relations Taskforce and is a member of the Education Foundation’s Capital Campaign Committee. Bourdow is also Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Academy Prep of St. Petersburg, a remarkable nonprofit school whose mission is to inspire and empower students qualifying for need –based scholarships to be future community leaders through a rigorous middle school program coupled with ongoing graduate support.

IT Systems Manager, Matt KnappMatt Knapp
IT Systems Manager

Matt started with College H.U.N.K.S. in 2013 and has scaled the brand as a cutting edge technology leader by revolutionizing its technology offerings, including the launch of the brand’s first mobile app and proprietary client relationship management platform. Matt holds his Bachelors of Science from the University of South Florida and is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Science. He leads the continued development of technology solutions that will give College H.U.N.K.S. a competitive advantage over the competition and continue to disrupt the moving and junk removal industry.

Director of Recruiting and Culture, Kim Roneree PHR, SHRM - CPKim Roneree
Director of Recruiting and Culture, PHR, SHRM – CP

Kim joined College H.U.N.K.S. in Feb 2015 and joined CHHJ/M family because she was inspired by the Company Culture, Mission, and Values. Prior to joining the team Kim worked in the Mortgage, Retail and Restaurant industries as an HR Leader for over 15 years. She brought with her an abundance of experience in recruiting “A” Players and creating world class Company Culture. Kim has a magnetic ability to attract quality talent into the organization and elevate the quality of the culture and morale. Building Company Culture and hiring top talent is a passion she takes seriously.

Legal Counsel, Kelsie Ackman, JDKelsie Ackman
Legal Counsel, JD

Kelsie Ackman began her career at College H.U.N.K.S. in the fall of 2015 after spending 3 years in general litigation and transactional law in mid-size law firms in both Indiana and Florida. Kelsie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and also received an honorary degree in the Liberal Arts and Management Program with minors in Spanish and Psychology. She then attended Indiana University Maurer School of Law as part of their inaugural direct admit program, where she graduated with honors. She is planning on getting her Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Digital Marketing Manager, Vera ShafiqVera Shafiq
Digital Marketing Manager

Vera has been in the digital marketing space since 2005 and ran a successful marketing agency for over 10 years, before joining CHHJ Franchising.

Vera is a graduate of the University of Reading, UK (French and Italian) with a Masters in IT from Queen Mary University of London, UK.

She has a strong grasp of the synergy that exists between marketing and technology in today’s digital landscape, and is a firm believer in data-driven, agile marketing practices. Staying on top of the latest marketing trends and leveraging them to provide a superior customer experience is one of her main goals.

Vera is Google Analytics and Adwords certified and is a Market Motive certified practitioner of Conversion Optimization and Web Analytics.

Chief Revenue Officer, Chris HacheyChris Hachey
Chief Revenue Officer

Chris Hachey is responsible for enabling and driving top-line revenue growth for our system as a whole. His teams oversee Marketing, Sales (including our 100+ person Call Center, and a fledgling National Accounts practice), Information Technology, and Franchise Development. Chris is a marketer at his core with a heavy bias for leveraging technology as a force multiplier. Most recently, Chris spent seven years leading the digital marketing team at PODS, the well-known moving and storage franchise that took the industry by storm.

Outside of his career, Chris is most passionate about his two teenage daughters who are a never-ending source of pride and joy. They make it their job to keep him young at heart and centered. Chris also spends time donating golf balls to the woods along the right fairways of many of Florida’s beautiful golf courses.

Franchise Development Manager, Chelsea Renno

Chelsea Renno
Franchise Development Manager

Chelsea Renno is an experienced franchise professional who, prior to joining the CHHJ team, worked for AdvantaClean, a national home services franchise with over 230 locations. She held various positions over her 4½ years with the company including franchise development marketing, lead generation, content creation, website management and coordinating marketing efforts for franchisees. Chelsea also has expertise in strategic planning, community outreach, and customer service.

Director of Sales Loyalty Center, Tim HeidemannTim Heidemann
Director of the Sales Loyalty Center

Tim Heidemann is the Director of the Sales and Loyalty Center for College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving. Prior to joining the team, Tim worked for more than 30 years as a call center director, including PODS Portable Storage Franchise, and 26 years as Call Center Director at 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, to convert more sales for our franchise owners.

Senior Manager of Performance, Justin WaltzJustin Waltz
Senior Manager of Performance

Justin Waltz brings over 15 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.

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