Nick Friedman is a renowned entrepreneur, movie & TV producer, best-selling author, motivational speaker, actor and TV personality. He is best known as the Co-Founder of the multi-million dollar franchise ‘College Hunks Hauling Junk,’ which has over 200 franchises worldwide and does over $300M annual sales. Along with his business partner Omar Soliman, Nick published the best-selling book ‘Effortless Entrepreneur’ (Random House, 2010), and also Co-Produced the award-winning Netflix documentary, ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’ (2012). More recently Nick executive produced and acted in the biopic movie about Jeff Bezos, which is the first movie ever made about the wealthiest man in the universe and founding of Amazon.
Nick has also appeared on numerous unscripted reality television programs, including the very first episode of ABC’s Shark Tank, Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, AMC’s The Pitch, HGTV’s House Hunters, CNBC’s Bluecollar Millionaires, Undercover Boss, and his company has made appearances on several other television programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, A&E’s Hoarders and TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive.
Nick appears as a frequent guest on FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and various other programs, and has been a regular columnist and contributor to Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, Huffington Post, Inc, Entrepreneur, and Time, among other major publications regarding topics such as business and entrepreneurship.
He was named among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by INC Magazine and was on the same list as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell in a Newsweek article entitled “College Kid to Millionaire”. Nick is a three-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist, and he won the prestigious award in 2018, and he continues to be an active Board Member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
In terms of charitable involvement, Nick launched an innovative solution that provides free moves for Survivors of Domestic Violence, and has completed over 200 free moves since the program began. His company also donates 2 meals for every completed job to US Hunger, having donated over 2 Million meals since launching the program.
College Hunks Hauling Junk was born in the summer of 2003, when Nick and his best friend Omar hauled junk using an old cargo van. That summer, they did the hard labor themselves - and made $8,000. It was their first taste of entrepreneurship.
The Business Plan
The business plan won the University of Miami’s Rothschild Entrepreneurship Competition. While other junk services had poor appearances and were local, they envisioned a fully branded, clean appearance, scalable national franchise.
The True Start
After a few months in the corporate game, Nick and Omar decided that they wanted to turn CHHJ into a reality.
Thanks to the highly marketable brand and detailed operating systems, they supassed $1.2 million in annual sales in their second year.
Once the system proved successful locally, Nick and Omar expanded to a national franchise, becoming the youngest franchisors in America at the time.
They relocated their national headquarters to Tampa FL to open a call center that would support their franchise owners.
Nick aired in the debut episode of hit show, Shark Tank, and kicked off his career in television.
Since then, Nick has been on Millionaire Matchmaker, The Pitch, House Hunters, Jobs That Don’t Suck, Below Deck and Undercover Boss. Each “performed incredibly well compared to other episodes of those shows that had aired at the time”, according to Alan Moore, a Casting Agent from APA Agency.
In 2011, Nick co-authored the best-selling book, Effortless Entrepreneur, which chronicles College Hunks Hauling Junk’s growth from van to franchise, and the ten business commandments that you can apply to do the same.
The book has been endorsed by moguls like Fred Deluca, the founder of Subway, Wayne Huizenga, founder of Waste Management, and Ted Leonsis, vice chairman emeritus of AOL and owner of the Washington Capitols. Get it here.
After the release of Effortless Entrepreneur, Nick began to speak at businesses, associations, universities, leadership events, and conferences about the College Hunks story and the business lessons he learned along the way.
Today, Nick regularly speaks at forward-thinking business conferences across the country, including US Chamber of Commerce , INC Magazine, Tutor Doctor Franchise Conference, Synapse Conference, United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, International Franchise Association, and more.
Scott Gerber, Founder of YEC, said, “Numerous attendees told us that Nick's speech alone made attending our retreat worthwhile.” Learn more about hiring Nick to speak here.
College Hunks is now an international franchise, with over 200 locations worldwide. The company employs over 5,000 people and does over $200 million in revenues annually.
The company has appeared every year on INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies List, and is the most awarded and recognized moving and junk removal franchise.
Nick was recognized by INC Magazine as Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30, and was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist twice before winning the prestigious award in 2018. He has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks, as well as Forbes, Fortune, and many other notable publications.