From executive suite to junk removal specialist, man executes plan to own his business and creates job opportunities for college students
FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 4 // PRNewswire // -- Fort Myers resident Douglas Stewart just traded in more than two decades as a corporate executive with a coat-and-tie past for a much bigger business: hauling junk. And this time, Stewart gets to be his own boss.
Stewart is the newest franchise owner for College Hunks Hauling Junk, the largest junk removal franchise in the U.S. and one of the fastest-growing franchises in America.
"When it comes to junk, people have it. Many don't want it. And a lot of them need serious help to get rid of it," Stewart says. For residents throughout Southwest Florida, Stewart now gives them that help.
More specifically, Stewart's collegiate workforce puts the muscle in the moving with a goal to recycle 60% or more of the items collected. He recently hired his first two Hunks, Joe Kaminski and Kevin Wagner, freshmen at Florida Gulf Coast University. Behind the wheel of a shiny new College Hunks Hauling Junk truck, these clean-cut college students are a moving billboard around town in their orange and green uniforms. The College Hunks are also friendly and powerful - a super combination to a red-hot business that is trumping the economy.
Stewart never envisioned being a Big Man on Campus in his 40s with a wife and three children. But that's exactly where he wants to get as an employer of local college students.
Borrowing on his gift for crunching numbers, Stewart is a certified public accountant and experienced businessman who saw a business trifecta with College Hunks. College students need jobs. The world needs more green-minded businesses that recycle. And, most importantly, people have too much junk.
That is particularly true in Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties where College Hunks operates and where homes typically don't have attics or basements for traditional storage. It's a region where retiring seniors relocate from other parts of the country and frequently downsize their homes without downsizing their possessions. And then there's the ever-present epidemic of those who don't know how to throw anything away. For all of these situations, College Hunks Hauling Junk has started hauling away the unwanted items, sorting and recycling reusable items with local thrift stores, recycling centers and other outlets and discarding the rest. And customers are happy to pay for the service in return for a little more elbow room in life. Stewart's goal is to use a portion of revenues to fund local college scholarships in return. It's a practice that is encouraged across the growing College Hunks franchise system.
The business is so popular that Stewart's franchise is now one of 26 locations across the U.S. for College Hunks Hauling Junk.
The College Hunks Hauling Junk concept began in 2003 as a summer job. Today, it is a multi-million dollar enterprise that focuses on commercial and residential junk removal. College Hunks Hauling Junk recycles or donates approximately 60 % of hauled junk and a portion of the revenue goes to local college scholarships.
SOURCE College Hunks Hauling Junk