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College Hunks franchise drives founder's vision back to Miami


After spending a semester studying the company College Hunks Hauling Junk in an Entrepreneurship Consulting Class at the University of Miami, two UM alumni made the jump and opened their own College Hunks Hauling Junk franchise at 31 SE 5th St. in Miami. Christopher Poore and Ron Rick, shown in photo above, graduated from UM in 2012 with degrees in Entrepreneurship.

In a way, it's coming full circle. In 2003, founder and CEO Omar Soliman, while a senior at UM, won first place and $10,000 in the university's business plan competition for College Hunks Hauling Junk.  He went on to found CollegeHunks Hauling Junk with long-time friend Nick Friedman and a cargo van he borrowed from his mother. The award-winning company is based in Tampa, and today there are franchises around the country. The new Miami location is the 46th franchise in the network and the fifth location in Florida. “Miami will always hold a special place in our heart,” said Soliman. 

Read Alexandra Leon's story about South Florida college students, including Poore and Rick, who have started businesses during or immediately after college.

Photo courtesy of SteveBoxall.com