Father doesn’t always know best sometimes moms can be helpful, too.
Just ask Omar Soliman, co-founder and CEO, and Nick Friedman, co-founder and president, of College Hunks Hauling Junk.
Friedman and Soliman were college students looking for a summer job when they pitched to Soliman’s mom the idea of removing unwanted items from commercial and residential properties for a fee. That summer, the duo used her cargo van to implement their concept and made a nice chunk of change.
Upon his return to school, Soliman wrote a formal business plan and won first prize and $10,000 in the University of Miami’s 2004 Leigh Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition. Even with that success, they didn’t pursue the venture right out of college. But, about six months into their corporate jobs, they decided that hauling junk would be more fun than sitting in a cubicle.
Today, what started as a summer job has, in four years, expanded to a business with more than a dozen locations in major metropolitan cities. And annual sales have increased 200 percent in each of the last two years. The goal going forward is to have 150 franchises in the next five years and become the largest employer of college students by 2010.
Even with all of their success, Friedman and Soliman haven’t forgotten their roots as college students. They are involved with College Bound, a charitable program established by CHHJ, where a portion of revenue from each job is donated to the program, which seeks to increase the opportunities for underprivileged youth to obtain a college degree.
How to reach: College Hunks Hauling Junk, (800) 586-5872 or www.1800junkusa.com