Franchise success story: From boxed in to boxed up

We always love hearing stories of how our franchisees came to learn about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchising system. One of our favorites is the Shunk family.

The Shunks

the_shunks_-_fd_site_imageFor Dan and Rene, moving was nothing new. They moved three times to be exact. Their first move was a DIY disaster and Rene swore she would never make that mistake again.

When they decided to move a second time, the Shunks hired an agent from a national van line to complete their relocation from Iowa to Missouri. Unfortunately, the move was far from satisfactory and even caused more stress than it reduced.

When it came time to move back to Champaign from St. Louis, they were in a quandary. They didn’t want to go through the hassle of moving their belongings once again and hiring a van line was not an ideal scenario. They had heard of a local moving company that had great reviews and decided to give them a call. Little did they know, this successful move with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would be life-changing in more ways than one.

Back in Champaign, both Rene and Dan, graduates of University of Illinois with engineering degrees, began the next chapter in their lives. Dan had been promoted to branch manager of an equipment sales company in the road construction business and Rene was staying at home with their two small children. The road construction industry in Illinois soon began to decline, and Dan became worried about his job security. Dan began to feel boxed in with few available options.

When Dan and Rene decided they needed to seek an alternate path for their careers, discussion quickly turned to owning their own business. Rene was excited about an opportunity to work with Dan while having the flexibility of being with her children. Dan, who holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, was eager to put his education and experience to the test on something he could call his own.

Customer service-based companies  became a topic of discussion when Rene harkened back to her positive moving experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Everything from the exceptional customer service to the expert skill of the movers left an indelible impression on both of them. They quickly began researching franchising opportunities in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.

After performing their own due diligence on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, Dan and Rene leaped forward with negotiations to open a franchise in central Illinois. Now, years later and no longer boxed in, the Shunks have grown from two to six trucks and have increased revenue 45% each year. They enjoy the personal and financial rewards of franchise ownership, as well as the freedom that comes along with self-employment.

To learn more about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system and franchising opportunities visit our website.

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