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Meet the College Hunks Leadership Team

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

Nick 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

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.

Laura ButcarisLaura Butcaris
Director of Performance

Laura Butcaris is an energetic leader with 4 years of Franchise Support experience and 15 years of management in luxury fitness and wellness, specifically working with the opening of new locations. She has a proven track record of driving sales teams and overachieving revenue targets through inspiring and creative leadership.

Laura joined College Hunks Hauling Junk in 2016 as a Franchise Business Coach – Ramp Up Specialist. She was responsible for enhancing the level and type of support provided to new franchise partners in the first 6 months to 1 year of operation. Under her direct support, our new franchise locations’ “ramp up” revenue increased an average of 300% over previous years. Laura is now the Director of Franchise Performance, leading a team of Coaches who work directly to increase Franchise Partner Revenue, Profits, and Satisfaction.

Prior to Franchising, Laura created all operational protocols for grand opening of Kinetic Sports Club, in Pelham Manor, NY and the NYC-based Mercedes Club’s 90,000-sq ft fitness and recreation facility, including the day spa, luxury fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and lifestyle amenity center. She also developed the clubs’ P&L and operational budgets worked directly with ownership to develop the club’s strategic plan, membership pricing, personal training and spa menus, and employee compensation plans.

Previously, Laura was General Manager of the Derek Jeter Ultra Sport at 24 Hour Fitness, where she was responsible for the successful attainment of club targets (i.e.., member service, cleanliness, revenue, and retention). She also organized events with New York Yankees and Derek Jeter’s personal team for club members and staff. Laura was also the director of multi-club operations for Club H fitness in New York and New Jersey, and the general manager of Equinox Fitness Clubs in New York.
Director of Sales Loyalty Center, Tim Heidemann

Tim 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.

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