Upon recently reading an Entrepreneur article on our Greenville, N.C. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Franchisee Brian Churney and the noises he listens to in his franchise to indicate he’s operating a healthy business, it inspired me to think about our franchise system’s success over the past six years — clearly not just sounds to be heard. But emotions to be felt, personal career growth to be seen, and businesses flourishing all around the country and world.
We are a franchise system. A powerful one at that. We move people and businesses every day. Some could say we are the experts in what is the most stressful life event. We are the fastest-growing moving franchise system in the world. And we aren’t stopping anytime soon.
This leads me to share one of the system’s best growth stories. Franchisee John Judson and his family grew a career with the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system over the last 20 years. It started with one single franchise in St. Louis, Mo., back in 1994. And today, it’s now a 15-franchise operation in four metropolitan areas — St. Louis, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Boston. In 2001, John brought on his brother Jason as a partner of the business after working together for four years. John and Jason continue to invest not only in the business, but the people they hire.
“There are many opportunities out there and as we have managers that develop within our franchises, they eventually become our partners,” said John. “We bring different personalities to the table which gives us a wide view on how to be successful.”
This practice has allowed their franchises to grow exponentially — shattering system records left and right and giving them additional opportunities to expand their franchise profile across the country.
“The Judsons have continued to grow, bring on new talent, stay engaged with corporate, evolve, and change with the system,” said Jeff Wesley, CFO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International, Inc. “Adding depth to their bench has allowed them to grow the long-tenured St. Louis mark to close to $7 million annually while expanding in Chicago, Boston, and Salt Lake City. No franchise has been able to set this record since, and adding those resources and investing in their people has allowed them to achieve close to $18 million in revenue last year.”
“Watching each other develop personally and professionally has been the biggest reward,” said John of working with his brother Jason. “It’s important that when going into business with family, to set clear expectations right from the start in order to be successful.”
“The system has earned record success over the last five years,” said Jeff. “I am proud to see new owners coming into the system, but it’s also great to see current owners buying additional locations and benefiting from the momentum we have gained. Our system is founded on giving back and this is another way I see we do. We all win as the system continues to grow to new levels.”
John and Jason have set an excellent example of what multi-unit franchise leadership looks like within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. If you’re interested in franchising information, please visit twomenandatruckfranchising.com! TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchise moving company in the United States. Let us help move your career forward!
John Judson and Jason Judson along with their team of franchisee partners — Joel Trost, Jeff Lodike, and Steve West — get high fives from the corporate office team for a record-breaking 2014.
From left to right: Franchisees Joel Trost, Jeff Lodike, Steve West, President Randy Shacka, Franchisee Jason Judson, CEO Brig Sorber and Franchisee John Judson.