Tulsa, Okla., Franchisee Mike Mays has been a part of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family for quite some time. Mike began his career in 2002 as general manager and eventually worked his way up to franchise owner. Initially, he was drawn to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand because he connected with our Core Values and Mission Statement.
After years of working in the moving business, Mike saw the opportunity that came with being a franchisee and knew he wanted to follow that career path. He set out to learn everything he could about the brand and what it took to open his own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise.
For Mike, there was no key or overriding factor which influenced him to stay with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. After experiencing success firsthand, Mike knew instantly he wanted to continue his career with this iconic company. Starting off as general manager, Mike had five percent ownership at the Tulsa franchise, and, after his first eight months, that percentage grew to 49 percent. Today he is currently the majority owner.
Part of Mike’s decision to join the company as a franchise owner was the tremendous growth the Tulsa location enjoyed in its first few years of operation. The very first year the location made over $800,000 in gross revenue. The second year revenue grew by an astounding 147%, and this year they expect to achieve 30% revenue growth to achieve total revenue over $5 million. After experiencing this astounding growth and success, Mike knew this was a company he would like to remain a part of for a very long time.
After that initial rapid growth, Mike knew TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would be a company he would stick with for a long time.
Running a successful franchise requires hard work and dedication to the brand. Mike believes teamwork is important when operating a successful franchise.
“Make sure you hire the right people because not just one individual can make a business successful. It takes the entire team to align with the vision and give their best to the strategy and to each other.”
When business is booming, growth is inevitable for a franchise like Mike’s. In the next five years, Mike would like to see his franchise occupying their own real estate—a dream already in the works. He also strives for his location to be one of the top franchises within the system, to operate 30 trucks in Tulsa, and to add two or three locations which reach $15 to $20 million in sales.
With the success Mike has had in his career over time, he offered this piece of advice: “Do your research on the moving industry and be selective during the hiring process. Future franchisees need to understand the time and commitment it takes to be successful. Having a solid network of family, friends, and advisors to support you during this time is vital because you will be very busy.”
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