Franchise owners Ted Panebianco and Steven Nickels receive award from International Franchise Association

HAUPPAUGE, NY, March 04, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Long Island franchise of College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving® is being recognized for their stellar performance by the International Franchise Association (IFA) and are the recipients of the 2022 Franchisee of the Year Award. Franchise owners Ted Panebianco and Steven Nickels, alongside COO Eric Natale, lead the Long Island College HUNKS and were honored with the award at the IFA 2022 Annual Convention held in San Diego, CA.

“Ted and Steven opened their doors ten years ago and have built their Long Island location with a growth mindset and ‘people first’ approach, which has contributed to their rapid growth and the development of many great leaders across our brand throughout the years,” said Nick Friedman, Co-Founder and Visionary of College HUNKS. “We are deeply honored to have them as part of our organization. They are exemplary leaders, who consistently uphold our core values and play an integral role in the vitality of our company. The IFA recognition for Ted, Steven, and their team caps off a momentous year for them and their incredible achievements.”

The International Franchise Association has more than 1,400 brands and thousands of franchisees in their network. Every year through their awards program, the IFA recognizes individuals who contribute to making franchising the acknowledged leader in distribution methods, while spotlighting their accomplishments and innovations.

“Steven and I are thrilled to be honored by the IFA and to share the spotlight with Eric and our team. Our collective commitment to our values of Building Leaders and improving our local communities are what brought us to where we are today and we are grateful for what we have achieved, as well as excited for what the future will bring,” said Ted Panebianco, Co-owner, Chief Vision Officer and President of the Long Island College HUNKS.”

Ted Panebianco and Steven Nickels are a married couple who have been guiding the Long Island College HUNKS for the past decade, creating opportunities for development and growth for many Long Islanders as they strive to make a positive impact in the Long Island community. This is the flagship New York location for the brand and serves the greater Long Island area and surrounding communities. Through their collaborative efforts, Panebianco and Nickels, along with their team, have been #1 in the system since 2015 and broke company sales records three times in 2021.

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About College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving
College HUNKS Hauling Junk & Moving® was originally founded by two college buddies with a beat-up cargo van and now has more than 170 franchises providing full-service tech-enabled residential and commercial moving, junk removal, donation pickups, and labor services in the United States as well as Canada. H.U.N.K.S., which stands for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable, Service, is a socially conscious, values-based organization and has a national partnership with U.S. Hunger, which strives to end childhood hunger. The company strives to become recognized as an iconic brand, renowned for its world-class company culture and service, while also providing a viable employment and franchise opportunity to pursue personal and professional fulfillment.

In January 2022, College HUNKS was featured in the Season 11 premiere of the CBS series UNDERCOVER BOSS. Co-founders Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman both went undercover to examine their company’s operations and this marked the first time that two bosses were featured in one show.

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