Learning to work with family

Owning a franchise takes significant time, dedication, and trust in your leadership and business partners (if you have them). The Newman brothers — Curtis, Steve, and Kevin — left their familiar lives in Iowa and jumped on an opportunity to take over two, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises in San Antonio, Texas. Since the three brothers have taken over the franchises they have seen more than a six percent increase in sales growth.newman 1

Before joining the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, each of the Newman brothers were pursuing very different careers. Steve went to the University of Iowa and earned a law degree and furthered his education at New York University earning a Master’s degree in Laws in Taxation. He worked as an accountant, an attorney, and invested in real estate. Kevin received a finance degree from the University of Iowa and previously worked in data management and mortgages. Curtis graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a degree in business administration and accounting. After graduating, he spent time working as a tennis professional (after he played competitively all four years in college), and worked as a finance manager. Steve, Kevin, and Curtis each have a unique background and their combined experiences bring a variety of skills to their businesses.

Although new to Texas, the Newmans aren’t strangers to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand.

“Our family has used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multiple times in Iowa and we were always very impressed with the service,” said Kevin. “We‘ve used the Des Moines franchise and the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City franchise. Our father and grandfather have each owned their own businesses so that has been our desire ever since we were young kids. Steve and Curtis had previously looked into purchasing FedEx delivery routes, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was a similar business model.  When we learned about the opportunity to purchase the only two franchises in San Antonio, we jumped at the chance.”

Owning a business with others requires you to be in constant communication and make large decisions that affect each other and your employee’s lives. You may be wondering how the Newman brothers work so well together.

“It’s actually very easy to work with my brothers,” said Steve. “We all have the same goals and trust each other unconditionally. Furthermore, we know each other so well that we can be unbelievably blunt with one another without affecting our relationship.”

newman 2Kevin agreed and added in the importance of working toward a common goal. “The only way to keep sane with Curtis and Steve is to laugh often and keep reminded of why we decided to become franchisees. Working together has enabled us to have a part in determining each other’s success and while that is something terrifying, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Owning a franchise is still very new to Steve, Curtis, and Kevin. The Newman’s have realized every decision becomes harder and harder when you are thinking about your brothers’ future along with your own. On the flip side, it’s exciting for them to picture one another living a comfortable lifestyle based on something you’ve helped to achieve.

While the Newman’s are a newer addition to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, we already see them doing great things in San Antonio. Keep up with Curtis, Steve, and Kevin’s story on our blog! In a few short weeks we’ll dig deeper into what life is like owning a business with your siblings.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. For more franchising information, visit our franchise development site.

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