The International Franchise Association has named Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman, co-founders of College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving, the 2023 Entrepreneurs of the Year.
One of the highest honors bestowed by IFA, Friedman and Soliman were recognized for their vision, which started with one beat-up van, to become the largest and fastest-growing junk removal and moving franchise in North America.
“This is a tremendous milestone and opportunity for our brand and is a testament to our amazing team members, franchise owners and loyal clients. We remember attending the IFA events early in our career and seeing the franchise hall-of-famers grace the stage and it is a surreal experience to think our brand is being considered in the same category,” said Nick Friedman, co-founder of CHHJ. “Our purpose is to ‘Move the World,’ which means making a positive impact in the lives we touch. Hopefully, this can be an inspiration to all aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs and franchisors as well.”
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award, to be given at IFA’s 64th Annual Convention, in February, is given to a founder or franchising executive who has successfully built or grown a business in the franchise sector – exemplifying the “entrepreneurial spirit” that franchising represents.
The honoree demonstrates a willingness to undertake the risk associated with developing and growing a new franchise business, not only building a successful business but also helping shape the future of franchising and inspiring other entrepreneurs in their endeavors.