Franchising Forward: Meet TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Franchisee Garret Peterman

garrett peterman049Garret Peterman was hired as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mover before his senior year of high school. He had no idea his part-time, summer job would eventually turn into his full-time career.

After graduating high school, Garret was able to return to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® since management was willing to work around his busy college schedule. During his three years as a mover, Garret developed a deeper interest for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. He became more intrigued with the company as he saw fellow movers transition to managers and other leadership positions.

“The more I learned about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® the more I wanted to grow with the company,” he said.

In 2006, Garret pursued his ambition and was hired as a franchise business consultant at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International Inc. After five years of exceptional work at the corporate office, Garret packed his bags and moved his family to Wichita, Kansas where he is currently a franchisee.

Since his arrival in Wichita just two and a half years ago, Garret’s franchise has already reached tremendous success. Wichita joined the $1 million dollar club and held just under a 97% referral rate in the first full calendar year of operation. Five years from now, Garret hopes his franchise is part of the $3 million dollar club and rewarded with a spot on the system’s leader’s trip, an all-expenses paid trip for the top franchisees in the system.

By the looks of it, it should be no problem for Garret and his franchise to successfully reach their goals. There are many attributes which contribute to the success of a franchise. However, Garret strongly believes franchises will reach success if they operate based off their personalized team goals. “Align your bonus programs according to your goals, and then measure results,” Garret said.

Garret’s credible advice comes with years of both good and challenging experiences at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Garret recalled his numerous conversations with fellow franchisees Mike Verzino and Sean Wise. It was these two men who made Garret realize he was burning himself out and causing the productivity of the franchise to slow down. Garret came to the realization it was crucial to put more trust into his employees and allow them to take ownership of day-to-day tasks.

Garret wants to prevent future franchise owners from making the same mistakes he did. The advice Garret gives to other franchisees is to accept the help that is constantly offered by other employees, franchises, and Home Office.

“It’s easy to feel like you’re on your own island,” said Garret, “but the system is full of best practices and problem solvers if you reach out. As a result, I’m a more well-rounded franchise operator and a more capable, effective leader.”

Like what you hear about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system? Be sure and check out twomenandatruckfranchising.com for franchise opportunities.

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