College Hunks Hauling Junk
|Industry||Junk Removal, moving services|
|Founded||2004, in Washington, D.C.|
|Founder||Nick Friedman, Omar Soliman|
|Headquarters||Tampa, Florida, United States|
Number of locations
|68 Franchises (2015)|
|United States and Canada|
College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving is an American junk removal and moving company with headquarters in Tampa, Florida. The company provides junk removal, local and long distance full service moving and office relocation services including in home donation pickup services for non-profit partner organizations. The company became operational in 2005 and began franchising in 2007.
The company's services are available to both commercial and residential clients, with over 65% of the "junk" collected being donated to charities such as Goodwill Industries, recycled, reused or incinerated as fuel through the Covanta Energy Corporation. As of September 2013, College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving had three company-owned locations and 47 franchised locations in the United States.
College Hunks Hauling Junk began operations in 2004 after co-founder Omar Soliman won $10,000 in the annual Leigh Rothschild Business Plan Contest. Upon graduating from the University of Miami, Soliman and partner Nick Friedman moved to Washington D.C. and expanded the company into a full-scale operation. In its first two years, the company hauled away more than 4,000 tons of junk, and as of 2010 was hauling away an average of 10,000 tons each year.
In 2008, the company moved its headquarters to Tampa, Florida and began franchising. The organization expanded and appeared on the Inc magazine's 500 Fastest Growing Companies list in 2009. The company was ranked #30 on Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 50 New Franchise Rankings in 2009.
In mass media
In September 2008, Friedman and Soliman tried but failed to secure funding from investors for a new business concept called College Foxes Packing Boxes, a full-service packing and professional organizing company. The company attempted to gain an investment of 250k for 25% for the "foxes", on the ABC investment television show Shark Tank. The investors requested equity in the Hunks, and their offer on the Hunks was $1,000,000 for 10%. The show's investors ultimately rejected the offer, except for Robert Herjavec who offered 250K for 50% of the Foxes and 10% of the Hunks which was later rejected.
In 2012, the company earned the Top 50 Franchisee Satisfaction Award and the INC Hire Power Award. In 2013, they won the Franchise 500 Award.
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