Chair Melanie Bergeron takes seat on IFA board

History was made February 18 as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International, Inc. Chair Melanie Bergeron became just the third woman to take over as chair of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) executive board. IFA’s mission is to promote, enhance, and protect franchising through government relations, public relations, and educational programs.

“It’s an absolute honor to be chair of the IFA,” said Melanie. “I know the first two chairs very well. Because of their faith in me, I have become the chair this year. Everyone’s journey to leadership is different. I was actively involved in the IFA for 16 years and served many roles in the IFA. I’ve been groomed for it for years, and I’m very excited.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of my sister, Melanie, on being appointed chair of the International Franchise Association last week in Las Vegas. Our family was there to celebrate with her,” said Brig Sorber, CEO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International, Inc. “She has worked so hard and I can’t think of anyone who deserves this recognition more than her. I know she will be doing amazing things for the IFA and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this year.”

As chair, Melanie’s main role is to serve as an ambassador for the IFA. She will support the IFA’s advocacy efforts by aligning the membership and IFA board’s efforts.

“Throughout my time as chair of the IFA, I will be working to ensure there is clear communication with the board of directors to grow membership,” she said. “A goal of Photographic image created by Steve Deanmine in the efforts of the educational foundation is to help them build a positive perspective of franchising.”

Melanie has always been very passionate about franchising. She believes job creation is the healing this world needs, and franchising does just that. While serving as chairwomen, Melanie has plans to show the world how important franchising is and the vast opportunities it provides.

Melanie has been pushing franchisees to get involved with the FAN — Franchise Action Network. Joining the FAN unifies franchises across the globe to come together and show the world the many benefits of franchising. She hopes her role as chairwoman of the IFA will bring more attention to the FAN throughout the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, encouraging more franchisees to get involved.

“My role with the IFA allows me to learn so much from the outside,” said Melanie. “You hear about threats other franchises are facing, so we will know what to watch out for. You also learn about other franchise brands’ best practices which we can apply to make TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a better system. When TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® first started getting involved with the IFA, we were so shy. We were a tiny company and didn’t know anyone, the board of directors were from huge companies. If you would have told me back then that I would serve as the chair, I would have never believed it.”

The International Franchise Association has big plans to continue protecting and promoting franchising. There are one billion people joining the workforce who cannot find jobs. Many of which are not aware of the jobs franchising can provide. The IFA seeks to teach all of these people about the unlimited opportunities franchising has. Melanie would like to see more franchisees get involved with the IFA and FAN and challenges them to do so.

To learn more about the Franchise Action Network visit their website.

Franchise with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system is the largest, fastest growing franchise brand with an integrated way to run a moving franchise. We are constantly investing millions annually to improve our operating system. With a proven track record of growth and the highest customer service referral rate in the industry, we are posed for even more success in the coming years. We are setting records at all levels. Whether you are an accountant, insurance agent, doctor, or CEO, we have the system and results for those looking to invest and own their own business.

It’s important to understand TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® views their franchisees as long-term partners. The partnership is between the franchisee and Home Office to strengthen the brand and its success. The partnership between franchisees and Home Office requires a large amount of communication and engagement. We work daily to move our franchisees, customers, and communities forward.

Franchise Business Review results show TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is exceeding standards

The Franchise Business Review survey continues to show success for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and brings new ideas to improve the system this year. Franchise Business Review is the most respected source of independent franchise information, highlighting today’s top franchise opportunities — based exclusively on the ratings and reviews from thousands of franchise owners. At the end of 2014, we asked our franchisees to complete the survey, which gave them an opportunity to be honest about the past year and share their perceptions of the company and franchisor.

The FBR survey results illustrate the success of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and provides a focal point for us to see how we place among other franchise brands. Franchisees were asked for their feedback in 43 subcategories within Leadership, Training and Support, Franchise SystemTruck logo, Core Values, Franchise Community, Self-Evaluation, Financial Opportunity, and General Satisfaction. Of the 43 categories, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® exceeded industry averages in 38 of them.

“I’m grateful that we continue to evaluate the partnership between Home Office and our franchisees and that our system continues to perform at such high standards,” said Jeff Wesley, CFO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. “On the other side, I love the input and seeing how we can continue to improve the results and the relationship between us and the system.”

When looking at the FBR results, Wesley said he’s excited about seeing the company’s records over the years.

“The system should be very proud of the hard work and effort that has resulted in such record success,” he said. “I’m also excited about what can happen if we continue the partnership with our franchisees at a high level. We are doing so well and so aligned when you compare us to other systems.  We have tremendous opportunities ahead for our system as we look to accomplish our vision”

Jeff Knowles, a franchisee in Tampa, Fla., is pleased with the Franchise Business Review results.

“We’re part of a class-act system and the FBR survey really shows that off. Hopefully these results will bring in excellent future franchisees who will help grow our brand,” he said. “The FBR survey is important because it gives a true and realistic vision of what to expect out of a franchise system and how we rank compared to others. I complete the survey every year and try to be as thorough and constructive as possible. IFBR cover  randy believe it gives our franchisor a real picture of the positives and negatives from the franchisee’s point of view.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® President Randy Shacka said the overall results are very positive for the system. He believes that although there were many positive aspects that came out of the survey, it’s imperative to focus on the 2015 improvements that can be taken from the feedback.

“In addition to the positive feedback we receive and no matter how successful we become, there will always be room for improvement,” he said.

After 10 consecutive years on the FBR’s top franchise list, we have been entered in the Franchise Business Review Hall of Fame. It’s such a blessing to be included in the Hall of Fame while receiving brand recognition! We are looking forward to continue placing among the best franchises in the nation for years to come.

As time goes on, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will continue to use the FBR results each year to continue growing and making improvements to the system.

If you are interested in franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com for more information. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchise moving company in the United States. Let us help move your career forward!

Franchisees: Why you should be involved in your franchise system

Business owners bring a passion for their organization and a core purpose to the business they select. A majority of business owners have the same two goals: to be successful and make money. In order to achieve your goals and stay up-to-date on industry news, it’s important to stay involved in the franchise system in which you’ve invested.

Brooke and Les Wilson are a multi-unit franchisee duo with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations in North Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland. Brooke and Les have taken advantage of opportunities and have gotten heavily involved in the franchise world, resulting in measurable success for their businesses.

Staying involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

Take the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® TEAM advisory council for example. TEAM serves as a liaison between Home Office and franchisees. Brooke and Les both serve on the TEAM board, with Brooke representing the Mid-Atlantic region while Les represents the Northeast region. Their involvement on TEAM keeps them updated on TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® happenings and gives them a voice to represent their regions. Brooke and Les are able to use the TEAM partnership with Home Office executivTwo Men and a Truckes to seek and share information from both Home Office and other franchisees.

In addition to serving on TEAM, Brook and Les put in a conscious effort to work with members on their executive team, location managers, and strategic business partners. Maintaining close relationships with your executives is a great way to keep everyone involved in your franchise and ensures everyone is on the same page. To aid the success of your business, form close relationships with your executive staff and create an atmosphere for open communication. This way, you will learn if there are any problems before they become bigger issues.

Staying involved and “in the know” about the franchising industry

Both Brooke and Les are deeply involved in the International Franchise Association (IFA), and are currently members of FAN, the Franchise Action Network. Their involvement with the IFA and FAN allows Brooke and Les to learn an enormous amount of information and best practices from other franchising leaders. Brooke and Les have plans to share their experiences with the rest of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system to encourage other franchisees to become involved with the IFA.

“We have all made a significant investment both financially and personally to make our business as successful as possible. Staying engaged in our system is the best way to make sure that we as franchisees are working with the franchisor to ensure success for both parties,” said Les. “When an issue arises, there is a pretty good chance that someone else in the system has also experienced a similar occurrence and thus an answer can be as simple as picking up the phone.”

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system has created an open line of communication between franchisees and Home Office. The support system we have created helps franchisors and managers form relationships with others in the system they can reach out to when a problem arises, saving a vast amount of time and money learning a lesson someone may already be able to help with.

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“Our employees are constantly asked for feedback about a plethora of topics,” said Les. “Some may be mundane in nature, while others can be very impactful, but all are meant to improve performance and ultimately their experience as members of our team. Happy employees make successful employees.”

The more you get involved with the franchising industry, your franchise brand, and the entire system of franchisees, the more you will learn and create a healthy, successful business. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system is the largest, fastest-growing moving franchise in the country. To learn more about our franchising opportunities visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com.

Becoming a Millennial Business Owner

Many young men and women dream to one day own their own business. Whether they take over a family business or begin their own adventure, millennials want to make a difference. It’s no secret, young professionals these days have high expectations and aspirations.

Growing up with innovative technology and high-tech discoveries, younger generations are using technology as an advancement to optimize business. Millennials have technology on their side growing up with constantly evolving products.

According to a recent Bank of America report, the future looks bright for young business owners.  Millennials are the next “big thing” when it comes to entrepreneurship. The report also mentions Millennials and Gen Xers rated themselves significantly higher than Baby Boomers on the tech savvy scale.TMAAT028-2257991982-O

Owning a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise is a perfect opportunity for young, driven, tech savvy individuals. The franchising concept is predicated on time- and franchise-tested business models with the latest in tools and programs expected by their leaders. The flow of information into central databases exists in order to leverage business intelligence system-wide, not to mention automation of point-of-sale systems, marketing tools to understand how best to reach core audiences, vast opportunities to achieve economies of scale, and more are all givens within the game. Franchising is a unique opportunity to advance your career quickly and be part of something proven with a lower risk compared to facilitating a start-up.

Bryan Jones, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Lafayette, La., Franchisee recently became a franchise owner after working his way up in the system and learning various job roles, which will greatly benefit him as he transitions to business owner.

“After seeing the unbelievable growth and the opportunities TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® had to offer, I decided to forego law school and see where the moving business would take me,” he said. “Shortly after I became the operations manager, I transitioned into the role of general manager. I knew becoming a franchisee was too great of an opportunity to pass up. My then franchisee, Joseph South, and I became partners and opened a nearby location in Lafayette.”

As a young professional, Bryan has taken full advantage of a franchising opportunity and hasn’t looked back. The attraction of franchising to millennials is evident. This is why franchisors and businesses are beginning to target younger generations for business growth and entrepreneurship opportunities. Their confidence in business systems and the economy, as well as their tech savvy abilities, make them perfect candidates to become small business owners.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® always seeks young, tech savvy businessmen and businesswomen to grow and expand the brand nationally. The franchisor, which is usually hIntervieweadquartered under a roof to centralize processes and people, provides all of the tools and resources already set in place for franchisees to utilize. The corporate IT team is also a great resource for any tech questions on various system platforms. No need to worry about buying a software package to run your franchise, the Home Office team has already designed and built one for you.


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s information technology team really takes away the worry from you,” said IT Director Jake Gaitan. “Everything is cloud-based. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection.”

How cool is that?

Millennials are the perfect candidates to start a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise and optimize the business to its fullest potential. Millennials are “… the most powerful of US economic players,” said Jeff Fromm in Marketing Tips for Winning with Millennials in the December Issue of Franchising Wrld.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® recognizes young talent! Nearly 19 percent of system franchisees are under the age of 35. We would love to see that number increase in upcoming years! Franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® creates endless opportunities, growth, and potential for your career.

For more information on franchising, or to read additional franchisee success stories, visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com.