Nick Friedman is President and Co-Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk, the largest and fastest growing US-based junk removal & Moving Franchise Opportunity. Nick started in college with his childhood best friend, now business partner, Omar Soliman in a beat up cargo van, and has grown to over 40 franchise locations nationwide. Nick was recently named Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by INC magazine, was named on the same list as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, as the 30 Most Influential CEO’s Under 30 by Under30CEO.com.
Nick was a Kauffman Foundation Empact 100 Honoree, was listed as one of the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 on Bisnow.com, and is a two-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist. Nick has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks, as well as Forbes, Fortune and on the AOL Homepage. Nick was also recently featured in a Newsweek story entitled ‘College Kid to Millionaire’,’along with the founders of Fedex, Dell Computers, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.
Nick’s company was recently named #156 on the INC 500 List of Fastest Growing US Companies, and has also been profiled numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, and has appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Nick has appeared as a guest on National Television shows such as CNBC’s The BIG Idea with Donny Deutsche, Fox Business News, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, and ABC’s reality based show about entrepreneurs entitled Shark Tank. He has been interviewed by Entrepreneur and Fortune magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal for his expertise on franchising and branding. He also recently participated with MTV on a panel at the White House about young entrepreneurship.
Nick co-authored his first bestselling book along with his business partner Omar Soliman, entitled Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions (Random House, 2010), which aims to motivate aspiring entrepreneurs with his fun and entertaining approach to business.
Nick is an active board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, a global organization comprised of founders of high-growth companies, and he completed a 3-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT.
He is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneurship Council, and a founding investor in the Gen-Y Capital Partners, which seeks to invest in young start-ups. Nick has been a guest speaker at numerous high schools, colleges, universities, chambers and entrepreneurship groups, including INC magazine’s Leadership and Grow Conferences, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, the Orlando Business Innovation and Growth Conference, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the Extreme Entrepreneurship Campus Tours.
Nick Friedman received his Bachelors Degree in economics from Pomona College in California. Nick competed four years on the Men’s Varsity Basketball Team at Pomona, which was also ranked among the top 5 liberal arts colleges in the nation by US News and World Reports. Nick won the Pomona College
Coach’s Award, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Academic Honor Roll, and was designated a Pomona College Scholar. He brings his leadership skills and competitive drive to entrepreneurship, along with his work experience as an economic research analyst with Marsh &
McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC).
Nick is fluent in Spanish and spent a college semester studying economics in Madrid, Spain. He continues to be active in the community, volunteering his time as a basketball coach and mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs.