President and Co-Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk Presents Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurial Lecture
Nick Friedman, president and co-founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk, presented the eighth annual Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurial Lecture at an Ashland University noon luncheon at the John C. Myers Convocation Center on March 20.
Friedman's lecture topic was titled, “Effortless Entrepreneur: Work Smart, Play Hard, Make Millions.” His company, College Hunks Hauling Junk, is the largest and fastest growing U.S.-based Junk Removal and Moving Franchise Opportunity.
The luncheon and lecture is presented by the Ashland University Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics and is sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Morgan was the co-founder and president of Fasson Products as well as the founder and president of Morgan Adhesives Company. In addition, Morgan created Basic Search Inc. as his personal venture company and founded the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to help perpetuate and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit associated with the idea of free enterprise in America.
Friedman started his business in college with his childhood best friend, now business partner, Omar Soliman in a beat up cargo van, and the business has now grown to more than 90 franchise locations nationwide.
Friedman’s company was recently named #156 on the INC 500 List of Fastest Growing U.S. Companies, and has also been profiled numerous times on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, and has appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC's reality based show about entrepreneurs titled “Shark Tank.”
Friedman 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. He 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. He has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks, as well as Forbes, Fortune and on the AOL Homepage.
Friedman was recently featured in a Newsweek story titled “College Kid to Millionaire” along with the founders of Fedex, Dell Computers, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. He 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. 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.
He recently coauthored his first bestselling book along with his business partner Omar Soliman, titled “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.
Friedman is an active board member of the Entrepreneur's Organization, a global organization comprised of founders of highgrowth companies, and completed a threeyear Entrepreneurial Master’s 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.
He has been a guest speaker at numerous high schools, colleges, universities, chambers and entrepreneurship groups, including INC Magazine’s Leadership and GrowCo 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.
Friedman received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Pomona College in California. He competed for four years on the men's varsity basketball Team at Pomona, which also was ranked among the top five liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. He 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). He 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.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.