It all started with two college buddies, their beat-up cargo van, and their need to make some extra summer cash.
In 2005, Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman turned what was supposed to be a summer job into a full-fledged company. College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk & Moving, has grown from two guys and an old cargo van to a thriving business with more than 115 franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Though they’re based in Tampa, they have locations from California to New Jersey—so there’s likely a location near wherever you’re reading this and you may have even seen one of their trucks on the highway! They handle junk removal and moving services and their company has a reputation for being a purpose-driven, socially conscious, and tech-enabled enterprise.
For them, “Making customers happy is what makes us happy!” That’s why what’s most important to Nick and Omar is upholding themselves and their franchisees to the H.U.N.K.S qualities: Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable, Service.
Fun fact: The hunks are no stranger to reality TV shows. They joke that their trucks have been on more TV shows than the Kardashians!
Meeting continuously changing needs of growing businesses
Nick and Omar believe that “to be able to run a business successfully, you need to have confidence on the cash management side and the help, when needed, from your bank. We always have that with Valley.”
Their Valley team, led by relationship manager, Aaron Jimison, is always looking out for what’s going to benefit their business. Aaron saw their SBA 504 loan through the approval and closing process, and then introduced Nick and Omar to Shari Middleton, Branch Manager at Valley’s Ybor City branch in Tampa, FL, to help with their deposit accounts.
For more than seven years, Valley’s team has worked with College H.U.N.K.S. to help them finance vehicles, provide lines of credit for their various subsidiary entities, and finance commercial properties, including their current headquarters—right down the street from Hillsborough Community College and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Whether a loan needs to be modified or they have a question, they know they can rely on the help of their bank partners.
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Committed to community
College H.U.N.K.S Hauling Junk & Moving is more than just a moving company or a junk removal service. They are committed to the communities they serve. They partner with several local charities and nonprofits and work with organizations like Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and PickUpMyDonation.com to find a second home for unwanted items and junk.
Two years ago, College H.U.N.K.S. partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere. They donated two healthy meals after each completed job with a goal of hitting one million meals donated by 2020. They ended up reaching their goal a year early and don’t plan on stopping any time soon!
Moving toward a big future
Nick and Omar plan to continue to serve their communities long into the future. Since 2005, the business has boomed. The company has made a significant impact on the economy by providing 2,300 jobs enterprise-wide—with more than 200 of those jobs being local in Tampa Bay!
The company and its leadership were recently nominated for multiple awards with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and we’re excited to be on this journey with them as the business continues to grow.