Former Employees Launch College H.U.N.K.S. Franchise in St. Petersburg
Brandan Underwood and Acey Ignacio Bring Fast-Growing Tampa-Based Brand to Pinellas County
July 06, 2016 // Franchising.com // ST. PETERSBURG, FL - A pair of former Plant High School football players who started out as part-time workers at Tampa-based College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving have now launched their own College H.U.N.K.S. business in St. Petersburg.
One of College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk's core values is "building leaders" in the hopes that team members learn the business skills they need to excel professionally and pursue business ownership. Brandan Underwood and Acey Ignacio are proof that the company's philosophy works.
Underwood started working with the corporate-owned location on the weekends while studying exercise science at the University of South Florida, eventually adding hours and moving into a management role. An old friend, Ignacio, followed a similar path. He was studying health sciences and planning to become a trainer or physical therapist, and he started working at College H.U.N.K.S. part-time before moving up the ranks.
Now, they have partnered to provide local moving, junk removal, donation pickups and more to customers throughout Pinellas County.
H.U.N.K.S. stands for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable Service, which is what the brand promises to customers. Underwood says he loved College H.U.N.K.S. as an employee because of the fun atmosphere, the sense of teamwork and the company's focus on goals -- which includes goals for great customer feedback and a commitment to finding ways to take the stress out of moving day for clients.
"You are not only moving customers' items, you are also taking a big burden off of them," Ignacio says. "Moving is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life, and we want to make that as stress-free as possible."
College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving has been featured on "Blue Collar Millionaire," "Shark Tank," and other primetime shows.
The company is able to deliver outstanding service because it hires and retains outstanding people. Underwood says that part of the business' success rests on a company culture that fully invests team members into all parts of operations, so team members understand how actions affect outcomes in the business.
"We do something that a lot of business owners don't do, and I think they should do, which is involve our guys with the financial side," Underwood says. "When we have our all-staff meetings, Acey and I sit them down and go over our P&Ls to let them know how much revenue we're pulling in, and the expenses. These are all things that, yes, you can learn reading a book in school, but having that hands-on experience of running a business and seeing where every dollar really goes is invaluable. I think it is a lesson that they can take with them for the rest of their lives."
Underwood and Ignacio launched the business in April and have already seen a strong response from customers. Their office is at 4895 47th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg, and as the business continues to grow, they plan to open a second location in northern Pinellas.
Their business is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. You can reach it at (727) 202-3178 or http://locations.collegehunkshaulingjunk.com/fl/st--petersburg.html.
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