Working together to move our communities forward

Written by Jessy Herman

The leaves are beginning to change, the weather is cooling, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country are rolling out fall cause campaigns in effort to give back to the local communities in which we live, work, and play.

Since our humble beginnings, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has prided itself on giving back to the community. More than 30 years ago, our Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated the first $1,000 she made to ten different local charities. This core value is one we have carried with us and embrace to the fullest each and every day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has created four programs for our more than 340 locations to host in their communities.

Movers for Military

Veteran’s Day is a time to honor the brave service men and women who have proudly
served our country. Sadly, many of our veterans find themselves going through hardships and rely on the support of local shelters. Movers for Military works to provide critical assistance for veterans in need by the collection of essential care items. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations team up with local community businesses, schools, and shelters to collect items to be delivered to shelters during the week of Veteran’s Day.

Movers for Mutts

In an effort to keep strays and foster animals cared for until they find their forever home, Movers for Mutts was established and has been hosted all across the country. The program aims to collect food, toys, and other items these pets may need to make life in a shelter more comfortable.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville supports Movers for Mutts

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville works to support Movers for Mutts!

Movers for Meals

Families facing hunger crises in our local communities are far more common than many might think. This is where Movers for Meals helps. To aide those struggling to put food on the table, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises host the Movers for Meals food drive during the fall months concluding just before Thanksgiving. Non-perishable food items which are collected with the help of local organizations, business partners, and schools, are donated to food pantries and shelters.

Truckload of Warmth

One of the newest programs over the past few years, Truckload of Warmth is dedicated to collecting new or gently used warm weather wear including coats, boots, hats, gloves, and anything else needed to stay warm during the harsh winter months.


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Birmingham delivered more than 15 boxes of warm weather items in 2015 for Truckload of Warmth!

As a system, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to the communities we are privileged to serve and feel thankful to be in a position to help. If you would like to learn more about our charitable efforts, or wish to get involved with a program mentioned above, please visit our community service page.

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Congratulations to the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program winner: Jason Washburn

Written by Hannah Conlin

Jason Washburn receives Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is Moving People Forward® once again. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, Founder Mary Ellen Sheets, accompanied by President Randy Shacka, ventured to Boston, Mass., to present a $50,000 check to the winner of the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program: Jason Washburn.

In the summer of 2015, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomed five managers from across the system into the brand’s second program. The scholarship is designed to provide current managers with the opportunity to own their own franchise in partnership with their existing franchisee. After more than a year of extensive training in sales, human resources, customer service, and fiscal responsibility, the program saw two final candidates in the running. Concluding a comprehensive, rigorous interview with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® executive team in which participants must present their business plan and undergo a challenging question and answer session regarding their leader and ownership capabilities, a winner was determined.

Washburn of the Boston, Mass., location will now be resigning his role as multi-unit general manager to hold the title of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchisee. He has been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family since February of 2011, and after learning about the opportunity to own his own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location he jumped at the chance to be a part of the scholarship program.

As the winner of the program, Washburn is awarded $50,000 that will go toward opening his own franchise. By March 2017, he will be expanding the brand into Orange, N.J. As outlined in the program’s agreements, Washburn will maintain ownership of the location with multi-unit Franchisee Jason Judson, multi-unit Franchisee John Judson, multi-unit Franchisee Joel Trost, and multi-unit Franchisee Brian Stern.

“Since Jason took the position as the general manager for our Boston locations, I have seen tremendous growth,” said Stern. “The majority of this growth came shortly after he joined the scholarship program. Once the program began, Jason took his abilities to a whole new level. Since joining, he has a sense of confidence and ownership unlike any I’ve seen from him before. He attacks everything with a desire to be the best and break barriers. Having new franchisees like Jason representing our brand shows just how bright our future is. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how proud I am to see where he is today. He is “old school” and I like that. Jason has worked hard to get to where he is today. He has a motor unlike most, and that’s what separates him from the rest.”

Jason Washburn celebrates with team after receiving Mary Ellen's Moving People Forward Scholarship

Throughout the entire year and half that Washburn was part of the scholarship program, his franchisees truly supported and embodied every opportunity that the project held. They worked with Washburn, guided him throughout this journey, and could not be more excited to step into this next chapter with their new franchise partner.

“We are so blessed to have a scholarship program like this within our system,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Human Resources Director Sara Bennett. “Not only does it allow managers to work closely with Home Office staff and their franchise owners, but it provides them with an abundance of opportunities. People can truly excel their careers within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, they have the tools and resources to get them to that next level, and this program is just one of many that this system offers.”

Needless to say, the second Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward® scholarship program was just as much of a success as the inaugural rollout which was awarded to Randi Bloodworth, franchisee of the Pearland, Texas, location. General Manager Dan Pettit of the Grand Rapids South, Mich., location, was the remaining participant alongside Washburn. And, although Pettit was not named the winner, he was awarded $10,000 to go toward opening his own franchise. With his hard work and dedication, we know he will continue to be a successful leader for our system.

“The talent that we see from the scholarship program participants is immeasurable,” said Chief Executive Officer Jeff Wesley. “For more than a year we get to see managers from different locations throw themselves into learning every facet of the franchise business model, while building their TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® knowledge base. We could not have asked for better candidates than Jason and Dan. The two worked so hard throughout the duration of the program, utilizing the support of their franchisees as mentors each step of the way. These heavy lifters are committed, not just to excelling in their own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® careers, but are dedicated to the expansion efforts of this entire system. We are so proud of Jason and what he will do for this brand in the New Jersey market, and we are so excited to see where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will take Dan. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® leaders.”

Congratulations, Jason, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s newest franchisee! The entire system is so proud of you and we cannot wait to see your success as you grow the brand throughout New Jersey.

Be sure to check out the live stream video on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate Facebook page to see Sheets present Jason with his $50,000 check to go towards the opening of his brand new location!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit to learn more.

Franchise Feature: Greg Micklos makes the move from Illinois to Florida

When you become part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family, you find yourself faced with an incredible opportunity for growth. No matter the position, we pride ourselves on moving people forward, personally and professionally. Former operations manager turned franchisee Greg Micklos has experienced this career growth first hand. Franchisee Greg Micklos

In August 2012, Greg was hired as operations manager with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Peoria, Ill., taking the location to eighth in the country within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. In 2014, Greg was promoted to general manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Northern Illinois, overseeing branches in Peoria, Davenport, Iowa, and Rockford, Ill.

Four years since his start, Greg is taking the next step in his career as owner of the Pensacola, Fla., franchise with his wife Jen, his best friend Mark, as well as his wife Krista.

We caught up with Greg to discuss the excitement of transferring to Pensacola and creating the ultimate moving experience for his customers.

Let’s go over your history with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I remember my first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® sighting was at a baseball field in Dunlap, Ill., as I was coaching my son’s baseball team while another team was being sponsored by the company.

At the time of my first interview with the Christensen’s, I was uncertain if I really wanted to take what seemed to be a lateral move in my career. With open communication, hard work, and dedication, I knew what I wanted was to someday be my own boss! Five years later, here I am and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values of Moving People forward was obtained.

Making the move from Illinois to Florida is quite the change, what drew you to this area?

Well, being from the Midwest, the answer is obvious … Get rid of the winter!

After much discussion, I knew I wanted to go south of the Mason Dixon Line. When Pensacola became available, I knew with this strong brand and my work ethic it was a natural fit. The most challenging part right now is still having my family in Illinois until our house sells. Although between putting in 10 – 12 hour days, I do make it a point to go the beach every weekend and take my time out. Why not enjoy the most beautiful beaches in the world while you can!

What are your goals moving forward in this market?

Pensacola has been a player in this market for a while. The most exciting thing is while there are competitors, there is no dominant player. It seems like other moving companies are satisfied with what they are currently doing while we are looking to grow stronger. With the new franchisees of Mobile, Ala., Joey South and Billy Stoval, along with us and the rest of the panhandle of Florida, we need and will become that dominant player. Grassroots marketing and face to face introductions to the movers and shakers of Pensacola will be on my forefront for upcoming!

Did you ever imagine your journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would lead to where you are today?

I knew from day one I wanted to be an owner of this wonderful franchise system. It is a system that networks well among each other and the support received is tremendous! I knew I could do it and I thank all the support along the way to get me to this point! I have endless thanks to my wife and kids who are making this short term sacrifice of being away from me until the transition is complete. To my best friend Mark Hoagland and his wife Krista for supporting me in this venture, and to Brittany Jackson joined me in Pensacola to handle operations. Most importantly, I thank God for always blessing me with his direction.

Franchisee Greg Micklos and family

Franchisee Greg Micklos with his wife Jennifer and their four children, Koby, Kaden, Karter, and Kambria.

We are proud of Greg and know his hard work and dedication to the system will help him succeed in growing the brand in Pensacola!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit to learn more.

September feature: Santa Ana Franchisee Juan Reyes

Written by Katie Peterson

For more than 30 years, we have embraced our motto of Moving People Forward®. We love to see people progress through our system, and we are so lucky to play a part in the lives of such great members of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. Moving his own career forward, an integral member of our system, Juan Reyes, began his TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® career as a part-time employee while finishing his Bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. He quickly realized his part-time job was something more and that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offered a great foundation to begin his career. More than 10 years later, Juan is now franchisee of the Santa Ana, Calif., location with a long resume of experience within the system.

Juan reyesHow did you first hear of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I first heard of our company while pursing my Bachelor’s degree at Columbus State University. My wife actually brought it to my attention. She thought I would like the company because I preferred working manual labor jobs, and it turned out to be a great fit for me.

What has your climb through the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system looked like?

I think my background is similar to most franchisees and franchise managers in the system. I started off in the system as a mover and held that position for about three months. Being trained and earning my spot on the trucks was really important because it allowed me to gain the experience I needed to move up the ladder. I shifted into the driver’s seat soon after and spent another six months on the trucks. Through some transitions going on at the franchise, I became a trainer for roughly nine months until my position shifted into a sort-of move manager. Around my two year mark I was promoted to operations manager, and after another two years I was promoted to the general manager position. After about six years as the GM, I had the opportunity to partner up and open the Santa Ana, Calif., location as a franchisee.

What is your most memorable moment within the system?

I would have to say my most memorable moment was receiving the email on June 30 of 2014 from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s President Randy Shacka saying I was selected to participate in the first ever Mary Ellen’s Moving People Forward. This scholarship program puts candidates through one year of extensive training to further develop their knowledge of a franchise system. During this year, candidates participate in online classes and live webinars, in addition to working with departments at Home Office on management assignments to continually improve their management skills. That was a great day. It was at a very pivotal time in my life where decisions needed to be made for my future. That email made my decision pretty easy and has turned out great for everyone involved.

Did you ever imagine your journey with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would lead you to where you are today?

In the beginning, I honestly didn’t. I started off working as a mover part-time to keep me busy while I was in school. As time went on, my vision changed and so did my focus.

What are your goals moving forward?

My goals and plans moving forward are to continue to develop my immediate and surrounding areas as a franchisee.

What advice would you offer someone looking to get involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

My advice to someone thinking about getting involved in our system would be to take a chance at endless opportunities. It’s a long road so you have to be patient. Take the time to learn your craft and try to make everyone around you better whenever you get a chance to.

What does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mean to you?


We are so happy to have you as part of our system, Juan. Thank you for all your hard work, commitment to the brand, and for being our September franchisee feature! You deserve it!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit to learn more.

Using THE GRANDMA RULE® when moving seniors forward

Grandparents Month

Written by Katie Peterson

One of the most rewarding core values we live by here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is THE GRANDMA RULE ®, which is to treat everyone the way you would want your grandma to be treated. This rule was inspired by our very own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® grandma, Grandma Eb, who was the company’s cheerleader even before it had a name. In honor of Grandparent’s Month, we are highlighting all the great things TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® does for our senior customers, and how we live out THE GRANDMA RULE® every day.

It is very important for us to exceed our customers’ expectations no matter who they are, but we also know the importance of taking extra care with our senior customers. Many times, seniors have been living in the same home for decades, and moving them not only includes their boxes, but  the 40 years (or more) of memories they’ve built. Our more than 350 franchises consider and approach this challenge head-on with creative and careful solutions.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Senior moving review

Senior Sensitivity programs:

Many of our franchises have training programs in place to ensure our movers are able to move seniors without a hitch. Although the moving process can be a stressful change after so many years in a residence, our team has all the tools necessary to make the experience a positive one. Educating our teams on the best practices of these sometimes sensitive moves contributes to our mission of moving customers forward, while exceeding their expectations. A few important aspects of our training programs include:

  • Education about how to interact with senior residents.
  • Information about the stages of dementia and the common signs and stages of aging.
  • Methods of working through tragic or traumatic moving situations.

As the Movers Who Care, our teams are experts in moving into senior communities and are well aware of rules and regulations of the facilities. This knowledge allows for the moving process to be stress-free on the resident, family, and facility staff.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK senior moving review

Senior discounts:

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we value our customers and love showing them our appreciation for choosing the “Movers Who Care®” for their moving needs. To emphasize our commitment, offering a senior discount is something many of our franchises across the country implement.

Caring and careful disposition:

Moving is so much more than picking up and putting down item. Moving out of a long-time home means leaving behind a place that was influential in making a lifetime of memories with family and friends. We understand the skills needed and extra care that should be taken when it comes to these types of moves. More importantly, we know the compassion and caring disposition it takes to move people out of their old home and into a new one. Part of living out THE GRANDMA RULE® involves being understanding, patient, and organized, just as you would want someone to treat your grandma.

Because of our commitment to this core value, we excel in helping move seniors comfortably, as well as six million valued customers who have moved with us. We take pride in our ability to provide great service and exceed our customer’s expectations every day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Business partners: Who can make or break your start-up

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise partners

Written by Charles Staky

Before buying into a business, an entrepreneur has to ask themselves a few questions. What industry do they have experience in? What industry are they interested in? Where do they want to start their roots? Do they want to buy into a franchise system or make a name for themselves? One question that can have the largest impact, however, is if they want to involve a partner?

A partner can alleviate a lot of stress for a business owner, but if they are not a good duo, a partner can also make the situation a nightmare. Entering into a business partnership is very similar to a marriage, once you sign the dotted line you are with them for better or worse, for richer or poorer. And breaking up can be very costly. You wouldn’t marry someone without getting to know them first, so the same time and effort should be put into getting to know your business partner.

The comparison of a business partnership to marriage, as cliché as it may be, holds true in the sense that once it is official you will be sharing finances, future planning, and your reputation with another person. If you don’t give ample time or thought to finding the right person for this, the partnership will not work out as you want it to. Before making the partnership official there are a few ways in which you should get to know your partner to make sure the two of you will be successful.

First and foremost you need to ask yourself what you are looking for in a business partner. Financial assistance, expertise in the field, or someone to share the workload, all are important traits to look for in a partner. recommends looking for a partner who brings something different to the table than you do, whether that be access to the market or a little creativity to balance out your detail-oriented work ethic. Your partner should add value to the relationship, preferably in areas that you may not have the most knowledge. If they don’t seem to bring something new and useful to the table, they may not be the best candidate.

Another detail you should look for in a potential partner is how they spend their money. While finances tend to be a touchy subject for most people, you will be sharing every financial responsibility with this parson, so you’ll want to know where they stand before giving them access to your checkbook.

“Someone who has hefty, outstanding financial obligations, an unreasonably low credit score, or is obviously living beyond their means is probably not someone you want to trust with the financials of a future business,” says in their article Know Your Business Partner Well. Very, Very Well.

You don’t want your future partner spending money you don’t have on things your business doesn’t need, and on the other hand, you don’t want someone who isn’t willing to spend necessary money to grow your business. You have a certain level of comfortability with how you would like to run your finances and it is important to find a partner who is respectful of that.  After all, in this partnership you will be sharing the finances equally, weather you are splitting profit or paying off debt.

Long-term goals are also important. What do they want out of this partnership and the business? It is important to know that a potential partner is just as passionate in your venture as you are. If they’re working to achieve the same level of success as you, they will be willing to stick with it and work through the hard times, not just give up if the profit doesn’t flow in as expected.

The answers to all these questions are crucial to share with your potential partner before you can successfully run a business together. Honesty and communication are essential to building a relationship of any kind. In a formal partnership you will share everything, both good and bad, that comes out of your business and you will have to trust your partner is doing everything they can to pull their weight. You need to know how they will handle stressful situations and also how they will handle success. You will need to know everything about them because, let’s be honest, they will be one of the most important people in your life, hopefully long term.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we are lucky to have a number of franchisee partnerships who successfully make it work, including college fraternity brothers turned franchisees and those in business with their spouse.

“Since we have known each other, if we are going to put in effort at doing something, we are going to invest our entire effort into its success,” said multiunit franchisee Mark Snyir of his partnership with Chad Arnold. “Growing those professional bonds with like-minded people helps to develop and strengthen personal relationships with them.”

If you take the proper time to understand your potential partner and how they will handle the responsibilities of running a business, you can ensure they are the right fit. The last thing you want to do is get caught up in the excitement of your new business with the first person who shares your excitement, without knowing much about them. Time and communication is needed to build a strong relationship, and before you trust a potential partner completely, there should be no thought of entering a business partnership.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit to learn more.

Developing our brand in the 50 best cities for entrepreneurs


Written by Charles Staky

Starting a business is a tough thing to do. Uncertain markets coupled with pressure from competitors, unexpected costs, and slow revenue growth are all things that can stand in the way of success for a new business. Many times these forces can even be strong enough to push a young business out of the market completely. Fortunately, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a franchise system and when a new franchisee opens a location, they’re given tools and protocols systems that have been proven making their chances of success much better than those who start on their own. Beyond the name brand recognition and the guidance of corporate office support staff, the market conditions in which a franchise is opening is one factor that must be addressed. Entrepreneur Magazine’s August edition included a piece featuring “The 50 best cities for entrepreneurs.” These cities were picked based on a variety of factors including unemployment rate, business tax rates, percentage of college-educated residents, cost of living, commute time, projected household income through 2020, and many more. With so many variables, this top 50 list seems to be a very good indicator of friendly markets to open a business in.

As we looked over the list we noticed several of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises already call these cities home. Even better news – there are franchising opportunities available in several cities featured! The combination of locating in a favorable market and starting a business with the proven practices a national brand results in a huge head start for any entrepreneur.

We reached out to a few TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise owners in locations near the open markets on the top 50 list to see if they felt like their markets were favorable areas to own a business. To no surprise, they seemed to agree.

“It’s a growing market with ample opportunity. When you are in Richmond, Va., you get a sense of how many industries actually do business here,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Richmond Franchisee Nathan Bocock. “Not only does state government play a huge part in the economic success, but education, manufacturing, healthcare, and the financial services industry all have a large presence.”

While Richmond did not make the list, a few cities close by — Fredericksburg and Alexandria—both did, and they most likely can feel this same positive energy. Bocock, a multi-unit franchise owner, said he has seen faster growth in his Richmond location when compared to his other locations system-wide. The growth, however, is not totally attributed to the business-friendly ecosystem of the area.

“The population is good and transient, which means more potential customers in general. However, there is some competition so marketing, public relations, and maintaining a good brand image and presence is key to growth,” says Bocock. While a business-friendly market helps, a plan for growth must still be established. This is where the franchise system can help a business. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand brings legitimacy to the table and with it comes the help of our corporate-based franchise marketing support team who can help a location with everything from awareness advertising to public relations. This assures a location in one of these entrepreneur-friendly cities can tap into their market.

Another location who can attest to the Entrepreneur article is Sioux Falls, N.D., which sits at number 21 on their top 50 list. Sioux Falls Franchisee Jeff Lodike agrees it is a great place to be.

“We knew right away during our exploration visit, this area was it. Sioux Falls is a beautiful, streamlined city, and we were amazed at how friendly everyone was. The winters are a little tough, which took a little adjustment coming from St. Louis,” said Lodike. “Overall, we are very excited to be here and would recommend it to anyone that asked.”

While Sioux Falls may be off the market, another Dakota city, Fargo, N.D., comes in even higher at number seven. Just three and a half hours to the north, Fargo is one of 15 cities on the where there is opportunity to open a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location. This area stands out as it would most likely give the same friendly atmosphere which has allowed the Sioux Falls location to grow 167 percent through June 2016. Sitting high on the best cities for entrepreneurs list indicates the opportunities for growth in Fargo are most likely greater than those of its neighbor to the south.

“Entrepreneur cities are perfect for the brand. These cities value hard work, an iconic brand, and the effort that goes into creating a great customer experience,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “They also appreciate our brand story and how much we continue to give back to entrepreneurship, communities, and charities.”

However, the excitement surrounding the success franchises in these cities are experiencing, while immense, is overshadowed by the opportunity the brand has in the cities not yet colonized. As we work toward our vision in the coming years, Wesley says the brand will to continue to innovate and focus on customer service. Even after 80 months of consecutive growth, there is still room to improve and grow.

“People are always moving and we want every move to be the best customer experience. Our team loves the opportunity to come into work each day and improve upon our success,” said Wesley. “We will never stop being proud of the brand, but at the same time, we respect the need to work harder in order to continue performing and exceeding our customer expectations today, tomorrow, and into the future.”

Opportunities for growth are present everywhere in current TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® territories as well as areas the brand can grow into. By encouraging franchises to take advantage of their local environment, the tools offered by home office support staff, and by continuing to work to exceeding customer expectations, the future remains bright for this brand. It appears 80 months of consecutive growth might only be the beginning.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company. Let us move your career forward. Consider investing in us and becoming a franchisee today! Visit to learn more.