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.
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