With 30 years of sales, management, and client service experience in the world of marketing, Brad Westerman knew he wanted a strong brand and smart values for his new business venture in Northern Virginia.
He bought into an existing franchise territory of the College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving, ready to wear the many hats of a small-business owner. “We physically move things, but we also strive to help in times of transition to the clients we serve,” Westerman says. Along with his team’s “stress-free” moving service, the franchise’s item-removal services for donation, recycling or disposal provides “physical and emotional freedom to our clients,” he says.
Westerman sought out SCORE’s guidance during his due-diligence period researching franchising opportunities, where volunteer mentors Richard Rose and Len Briskman offered their expertise. Rose helped Westerman evaluate different options and prepared him for what to expect as a franchisee.
“Richard has provided tremendous guidance and introduced me to others who have helped,” Westerman says.
College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving of Northern Virginia was named Outstanding Franchise Business at the 2017 SCORE Awards.