Supporting veterans through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military program

Written by Jessy Howe

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Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., with the essential care items collected for veterans in need during TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military program.

 

An estimated 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates an additional 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions.

After hearing this heartbreaking number, the question that comes to mind is how do we help? How do you lift those who’ve sacrificed so much, and fought for our freedom, back up to their feet? These courageous men and women who have proudly served our country should never be without shelter, food, and support.

As the “Movers Who Care®,” TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aims to provide critical assistance to local veterans in crisis with a program called Movers for Military. With local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations partnering with schools and local businesses to collect essential items, we are able to deliver essential items to veterans living in shelters during Veterans Day.

Marisa Elias, sales and marketing manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® San Diego, worked to coordinate the program locally for their fourth year of participation. Each year, the program continues to grow with new partners coming on board, resulting in even more donated items for local homeless veterans. With the help of her marketing and sales intern James Kearns, the two involved 23 community partners including schools and businesses to host collection sites.

“It is estimated that up to 40% of San Diego’s homeless population are veterans. Movers for Military draws much-needed attention to our homeless right here in San Diego,” said Elias. “With a particularly strong military presence here, we’re eager to do our part to help. These men and women have a tough life and our Movers for Military drive works to make it a little easier by providing them with essential, everyday items including clothing and toiletries.”

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The San Diego team prepares to deliver items collected to the Veterans Village of San Diego for the fourth consecutive year.

The San Diego team is ecstatic to have collected 1,718 items for veterans in need which are delivered to the Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), a partnership that began four years ago.

“VVSD really does fantastic work, not only housing homeless veterans but also providing them with a range of services including employment, housing, and medical referrals,” Elias said. “Mental health counseling is available every night and AA and NA meetings are held every morning. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is more than happy to help such a wonderful cause.”

Similar to San Diego, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Tampa, Fla., ran the Movers for Military program for the fourth consecutive year.

“Living our core values is very important and we want to show our support for homeless veterans and their families who all deserve care for defending our freedom every day,” said regional sales and marketing coordinator Eugenia Parlow, who focused her efforts to coordinate the program in Tampa.

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Eugenia Parlow with Movers for Military community partner, Armwood High School.

2015 marked their second annual golf outing held at The Ridge Golf Course, a community partner involved with Movers for Military. The event brings the community together with 51 business and individual sponsors and a number of volunteers to assist in set up, registration, selling fifty-fifty tickets, working the refreshment cart, and the many other duties it takes in hosting the tournament. The golf outing brought in $7,600 which went toward buying essential items on the charity’s wish lists.

With the support of 34 community partners and the success of the golf tournament, the Tampa franchise was able to collect a grand total of 13,216 items to be donated.

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Essential care items being delivered to Vietnam Veterans of Tampa.

“Vietnam Veterans of Tampa and Saint Vincent DePaul Veteran Services appreciate our help and support as these items go a long way in helping them get items to our homeless veterans that are living in camps,” Parlow said.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to the communities it is privileged to serve. Through the Movers for Military program, we hope to provide critical support to the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom. To learn more or to get involved, please visit our community service page.

Air Force veteran joins TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® after nearly 12 years of service

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Born and raised in central Illinois, Jeremy Brown grew up on a farm and has a deeply rooted agricultural heritage. He initially attended the University of Illinois to study and carry on that farming tradition but soon realized his fondness for flying airplanes trumped all others. He packed his bags and headed to Daytona Beach, Fla., to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and pursue a career in commercial aviation. Unfortunately, due to the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, the entire aviation industry changed overnight. He returned home to Illinois and turned to the military, hoping he might still someday have the opportunity to fly.

In 2003, Brown enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana where he was responsible for supervising in-shop maintenance on equipment which supported 200 nuclear launch facilities and 23 missile alert facilities. Here he was prepared to transition to the officer corps and made the official switch in 2006. Brown spent nearly two years in Oklahoma going through Undergraduate Pilot Training and then moved to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii as a C-17A Aircraft Commander. In addition to his responsibilities as a pilot, he supervised a seven-member team that supported all administrative functions for a 120-member squadron. He earned numerous flying and military distinctions including two Air Medals for his efforts in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

In 2012, Brown was reassigned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware as a Wing Executive Officer and C-17A Instructor Pilot. Unfortunately soon after being reassigned, he was medically disqualified from flying and would have to change careers. Although being an air force officer and remaining in the military was his primary focus, his MBA studies triggered interests in opportunities which extended outside the walls of the air force. These interests, coupled with his love for real estate, led him to acquire his real estate license.

Brown later made the decision to officially separate from the active duty air force and put all of his efforts into real estate and working on his MBA with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.

With an ever-present entrepreneurial mind-set, a new career plan unfolding, and a transition to civilian life, Brown began researching business and franchise opportunities when he found TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Inquiring about what opportunities were available to him and appreciating the business model of the brand, Brown soon signed to become franchisee for the Dover, Del., location.

“The Air Force was a great organization to be a part of and I think I could paint a correlation between nearly everything I did in the military and all the things that go along with being a franchisee,” Brown shared of his military background. “In the Air Force, and more specifically as a pilot, processes and checklists rule the day. They allow you to approach every task with clearly defined steps and standards, which ensures both efficiency and consistency regardless of who is performing the task. These principles seem to translate very well into the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley said he’s grateful for the hardworking and dedicated veterans within the system.

“We are blessed to have a number of current owners with a military background. They are proven leaders who align with our core values and bring invaluable work ethic.”

With Brown’s location seeing a 98% customer referral rate, he is no exception.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, twomenandatruckfranchising.com.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® honored to be named among top franchise opportunities for veterans

Written by Jessy Howe

Each November, we take time to honor those who have served our country and reflect on the privileges we have due to their selfless sacrifices. We extend our deepest thanks to these brave men and women for fighting for our freedom.

We are blessed to have a number of current franchisees with a military background. The service men and women who join our system are proven leaders who align with our core values and bring invaluable work ethic. These individuals have helped us grow for more than 70 consecutive months and are the reason we have been recognized with multiple military achievements.

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Center, Joey Hale recognized as Franchisee of the Year.

One individual being Multi-Unit Franchisee Joey Hale who was recently awarded Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association (IFA), a top honor among franchisees across the country.

“Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I served as an intelligence officer for the United States Air Force,” said Hale. “I enlisted while in college. My dad flew in the Air Force, and I had tunnel vision to follow in his footsteps.”

Hale has been with the system since 1998 beginning as a mover and driver in Knoxville, Tenn., and is now continuing to expand the brand on the West Coast in multiple cities in California.

This year TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® ranked in the top 20 among Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets Franchise Opportunities. The ranking only validates our brand’s commitment to actively recruiting veterans.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® also earned a place on the G.I Jobs® 2015 Top 12 Hot Franchises for Veterans list.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the 2015 Hot Franchises For Veterans™ list,” said Brig Sorber, CEO of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. “We know the experience and integrity of veterans is unparalleled, and it makes them ideal candidates to lead their teams and grow their own businesses. We’re committed to creating opportunities for qualified veterans and see it as our small way to honor their service to America.”

Additionally, The Franchise Business Review has recognized TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® on the list of Top Franchises for Veterans in 2012, 2014, and 2015.hot-franchise-2015-two-men-and-a-truck

“We are always appreciative of being recognized for our efforts with the military. We love the military veterans in our system and we want to give back to them and have them share in our ongoing success,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley. “We enjoy the recognition from the stand point that it gives us the opportunity to meet even more leaders and gets the word out of our success and desire to have additional veterans join our team.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us move your career forward. We are proud to be part of the VetFran network!  If you are interested in learning more about franchising with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® visit, twomenandatruckfranchising.com.